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Help Prevent Wildfires by Being Firewise

March 09, 2015

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

You can help prevent wildfires by taking some simple precautions. These guidelines can help improve the chances of preventing a wildfire and also aid firefighters by creating a safe space for them to work if a wildfire occurs ...

Hundreds flee South African wildfires

March 02, 2015

Wildfires are raging in the Cape Town area on South Africa's southwestern coast, prompting hundreds of people to leave the area, media reports say.

Hundreds of firefighters were battling flames fanned by strong winds on Monday, pledging to protect residential areas ...

California wildfires rage on

February 11, 2015

Dry winter could mean spring wildfires

February 11, 2015

Parts of northern Minnesota may be getting a few inches of snow, but it's not doing much to relieve the worries of state wildfire fighters.

Much of the northern half of the state is still 20 to 25 inches behind average winter snowfall totals. One of the driest winters in 50 years could lead to a damaging wildfire season ...

Senate introduces wildfire funding bill

January 23, 2015

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday that would overhaul federal wildfire policy by increasing funding for fire prevention and treat the largest wildfires as natural disasters.

The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, sponsored by Sen. Michael Bennet and Sen. Cory Gardner, would allow the U.S. Forest Service to access the pre-existing disaster fund used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to adequately respond to wildfires ...

Forestry officials suggest Firewise tips

January 21, 2015

Florida Forest Service and West Sebring Fire Department contained a two and a half acre wildfire in the area of Minorca Drive and Columbus Boulevard in Sun ‘n Lake Friday.

Fire officials arrived at 6 p.m. and the wildfire was contained two hours later. Light winds helped firefighters suppress the fire, forestry officials said ...

Why no mention of wildfire in county’s comprehensive plan?

December 09, 2014

Following the events of this summer, why would our county now adopt a comprehensive plan that doesn’t even mention the words “wildfire” or “landslide” and withdraws the previous incorporation of Okanogan County’s 2013 Community Wildfire Protection Plan, agreed upon since 2006 by over 50 agencies, county departments and citizens?

Considering that the community remains stunned and overwhelmed with decisions, cleanup, deadlines and loss, a hearing date involving this issue on Dec. 22, during the Christmas season, is inconsiderate timing by the county commissioners. It is also hard to believe that absolutely no mention of our vulnerability to these events is made in the proposed comprehensive plan and that no public testimony will be allowed on this final version, written before these extraordinary events occurred ...

Learn to coexist with wildfire

December 01, 2014

We cannot stop wildfires — we must learn to live with them. So concludes a recent study led by Max Moritz, an associate at UCSB’S National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), “Learning to Coexist with Wildfire,” which was published in Nature earlier in November. In the study, Moritz and other UC scientists advocate a new, “coexistence” attitude towards wildfires, suggesting vulnerable cities like Santa Barbara must anticipate and adapt to the inevitability of fires through retrofitting homes and revamping disaster preparedness infrastructures ...

Local community defends against wildfire

November 26, 2014

Have you ever heard the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? The Lone Mountain Shores community in Claiborne County is putting this saying into practice by becoming Tennessee’s 13th nationally recognized Firewise community and one of only 1,028 nationally.

In October, the Tennessee Division of Forestry and County Officials recognized the achievement by presenting a plaque and a Firewise Communities/USA sign to be posted at the community’s entrance ...

Logging part of rehabilitation in wake of wildfires

November 20, 2014

Many years ago forests were regulated and kept in check by fire. A fire sparked by lightning would clear dead under brush and give larger, healthier trees room to grow.

Today, fires are often sparked by humans – whether intentional or accidental – and result in devastating and expansive burn areas. But once the firefighters roll up their hoses and ground their air tankers, what happens to restore the destroyed wild lands?

Since the King Fire ripped through two counties and claimed more than 97,000 acres, logging trucks have been carrying away any salvageable timber they can while crews continue to restore the badly damaged landscape ...