News Archive

WILDFIRE: As Ariz.'s San Juan fire rages on, crews tout value of forest-thinning project

7/2/2014
Western lawmakers and the Forest Service have long argued that depending on how a forest is managed, a wildfire can be either a natural phenomenon that is a boon to the forest ecosystem, or a costly -- and sometimes deadly -- disaster.
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Aggressive Treatments Underway for Slide Fire Burn Areas

6/29/2014
This week, the Coconino National Forest began an aggressive treatment of Oak Creek Canyon’s most severely burned areas from the Slide Fire. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one part of that process is so-called heli-mulching
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Forest thinning pays dividends in San Juan Fire

6/29/2014
The San Juan Fire turned into a real life forest management laboratory when it burned into a thinned out area, making it less destructive and easier to attack, forest officials said. A dramatic change in the fire's behavior validates the decade long White Mountain Stewardship Project, where
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Paying for the Forest Fire Next Time

6/17/2014
WE’RE just midway through June and have already witnessed major fires in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska. Many of these wildfires have grown in heat, intensity and size in recent years, consuming millions of acres with disastrous consequences and costs. They have become the new reality
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This Is How Much America Spends Putting Out Wildfires

6/17/2014
As the West burns, the way the feds fight wildfires doesn't jibe with the reality of climate change.
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This is how much America spends putting out wildfires

6/17/2014
The Central California wildfire that Monday destroyed three homes and forced hundreds of evacuations is just the latest blaze to strain the nation’s overburdened federal firefighting system. By Monday evening, the Shirley Fire had consumed 2,600 acres near Sequoia National Forest and cost over $4
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Baker: Why protecting state’s threatened forests matters to Valley residents

5/28/2014
Arizona’s forests are in poor health. They’re overgrown, and without action, catastrophic fires are almost a certainty — putting the state’s physical beauty, economic vitality and water supplies at risk.
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Coconino Voices: Local watershed thinning a national example

4/25/2014
The early start to the 2014 fire season has us working overtime to avoid a major fire in our community. But are we, as a community, doing our best?
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In harm's way--Part 2: Protection efforts lag

12/8/2013
Sally Dickman and Terry Palmberg were in the yard of their Yarnell guest house on a fall afternoon, stuffing vines, leaves and any woody scrap they could find into trash bags.
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In harm's way--part 1: homes, firefighters in peril

12/8/2013
The Granite Mountain Hotshots were in a perilous position even before the winds shifted that late-June afternoon
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