Tag Archives: Environmental Health

Wildfire North of Grand Canyon Burns Excess Vegetation

Officials say firefighters have made “excellent progress.”     FREDONIA, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire being allowed to burn on the Arizona Strip north of the Grand Canyon has grown to 2.6 square miles (7 square kilometers) within a much ...

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Federal Plan Uses Fuel Breaks to Slow Western Wildfires

Strips to be created on land managed by the BLM     By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large ...

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Alaska Officials Close Forest Areas as Wildfire Approaches

Anchorage air quality was listed as “unhealthy”     ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials have closed some forest lands to all uses as a wildfire approached the Chugach National Forest. The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday that smoke from ...

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Seattle to Open Smoke Shelters for ‘New Normal’ Summer Fires

2018 saw 24 days with hazardous air quality levels due to wildfire smoke     By TOM JAMES The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Ahead of a Western wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle ...

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Study: U.S. West Forest Fires Release Less Carbon Than Thought

Amount of carbon dioxide is greatly overestimated     By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere from forest fires in the U.S. West is being greatly overestimated, possibly ...

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Smoke from Fires Blankets Mexico City

Dozens of fires in and around Mexico City     MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s education ministry cancelled schools in the capital and surrounding areas for Thursday due to a siege of air pollution. Weather conditions at the end of ...

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Environmentalists Call for Revision of New Mexico Forest Project

Project would cover over 200 square miles in the Sacramento Mountains     By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists say the U.S. government must go back to the drawing board or risk violating federal laws ...

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New Strategy Aims to Save Sagebrush in Western States

Plan includes triage system with limited resources     By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released a plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species, ...

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Boy Scout Ranch Focuses in Wildfire Recovery as Season Nears

Historic ranch near Cimarron is rebuilding following a devastating wildfire     By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tucked away in the foothills of the southern Rockies, the Philmont Scout Ranch has become a holy grail, ...

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Cancer-Causing Chemical Taints Water after California Wildfire

Drinking water in Paradise contaminated with benzene     PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation’s worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, ...

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