Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

California Governor Defends Wildfire Efforts, Jabs at Feds

Newsom criticized the federal government for not doing enough     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom defended California’s wildfire prevention efforts Wednesday while criticizing the federal government for not doing enough to help ...

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After 75 Years Smokey Bear Still Keeps an Eye on America’s Forests

Some 96% of Americans recognized this constant reminder to keep forests safe     Wendy Melillo, American University School of Communication (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Smokey ...

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Agencies Boost Efforts to Stop Wildland Firefighter Suicides

Reasons for the rise are unclear, though some cite longer and tougher wildfire seasons   By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Shane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating ...

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Smokejumpers, Hotshots Urge Montana Senator to Change Federal Classification

Legislation could change the name back to firefighters     Dennis Bragg, MTN News/KRTV.com MISSOULA (KRTV) – Experienced wildland firefighters tell Sen. Steve Daines they never expected to “get rich” by “sleeping in the dirt” and putting their lives at ...

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U.S. Attempt to Improve Wildland Firefighter Shelters Fails

Decrease in number of deployments annually led to decision to keep current model     By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An effort to develop a better fire shelter following the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in ...

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Aerial Firefighting Training in Redding, CA

USFS and CAL FIRE team up for training     Stephanie Schmieding, ActionNewsNow REDDING, Calif. (ActionNewsNow) – Starting Monday, firefighters will learn how to supervise air attacks during a training in Redding. The U.S. Forest Service is teaming up with ...

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Dissecting Data: Pinpointing Houses Threatened by Wildfire

One in 12 homes in California are at high risk of burning     By PHILLIP REESE The Sacramento Bee SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — These California communities could be the next Paradise . Is yours one of them? A lot ...

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USFA: California On-Duty Death

Forest Service firefighter was killed in a helicopter crash in Texas     The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Captain Daniel Laird, 41, of the United States Forest Service – Tahoe National Forest, on March ...

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Firefighter Killed in Texas Helicopter Crash

Helicopter crashed during a burn in the Sam Houston National Forest     Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle with permission MONTGOMERY, Texas (Houston Chronicle) – Authorities are investigating a deadly helicopter crash in northwest Montgomery County on Wednesday. A 2009 ...

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What It’s Like to be a Smokejumper

Time with the Nezperce Smokejumpers     VOA News – They’re called smokejumpers and, as you may guess from the name, they have very dangerous work. Their job is to parachute into the spot where a wildfire has started and ...

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