Tag Archives: Environmental Health

Portland Approves Fire Retardant Drops in Bull Run Watershed

Approval allows use of chemicals to protect forest   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Water Bureau approved fire retardant drops in the Bull Run watershed, a decision that allows firefighters to dump toxic chemicals in the city’s pristine source ...

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1 Pump = 1 Tree WATERAX in Support of the American Releaf Program

WATERAX doing their part to help the environment   We are proud to support the American ReLeaf program, created by American Forests, to kickstart forest regeneration in the American West following severe wildfires. American Forests is a non-profit organization dedicated ...

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Prescribed Burn Set for Maine Island

Swan Island fire aims to improve habitat   RICHMOND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife plans to conduct a prescribed wildfire burn on an island in the Kennebec (KEH’-nuh-bek) River to try to improve habitat for ...

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Plains Farmers Struggle after Fires

March fires burned nearly 2,100 square miles in four states   DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Deep snow is melting into Western mountain streams, but some farmers and ranchers on the high plains are struggling amid a lengthy ...

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Wildfires Noted in Montana Air Quality Report

American Lung Association highlights fires from 2015   AMY BETH HANSON, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is called Big Sky Country due to its wide open spaces and clear sky, but there are times when wildfires, geography and ...

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Arizona Officials See Greater Wildfire Danger

Call for public to be diligent in preventing fires   CLARICE SILBER, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — A wet spring that led to a brisk growing season means a greater risk of wildfire in Arizona’s southern deserts and grasslands as ...

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Colorado’s Dead Trees Increase Wildfire Threat

Beetle-infested trees could worsen wildfires   DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s beetle-infested forests are peppered with an estimated 834 million standing dead trees that threaten to worsen wildfires and degrade vital water supplies that flow from mountains, ...

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University Professor Predicted Gatlinburg Wildfire for Years

UT professor spent years presenting on the fuel and the WUI   ADAM TAMBURIN, Knoxville News-Sentinel When flames ripped through the Great Smoky Mountains and engulfed hotels and houses in and around Gatlinburg, it caught many people by surprise. But ...

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Partnership Forms to Improve Prescribed Fires

Environmental groups, federal and state agencies work to improve forest health   SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Environmental groups and federal and state agencies have formed a partnership to increase the use of prescribed fires to improve the health of California’s ...

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