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Forecasters expect very active wildfire season

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Arizonans recently watched with concern as a mega-wildfire swept across northeastern Alberta, Canada, forcing the evacuation of more than 100,000 people. Forecasters say the same conditions that caused the blaze in Canada also could bring a very active fire season to Arizona
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Southwest primed for a nasty fire season

In much of California, Arizona and New Mexico El Niño and La Niña have combined to create dry fuels, ready to burn.
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How the California Drought Is Increasing the Potential for Devastating Wildfires

Forest Service anticipates spending more than $1 billion and mobilizing more than 10,000 fires to fight forest fires this season.
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Why we haven’t been able to stop wildfires

Smokey the Bear told forest and National Park visitors for decades that they held the health and safety of the areas they visited in their hands. “Only you can prevent forest fires,” the character says. But as it turns out, Smokey has been lying to us. Stopping wildfires is simply not that easy,
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Brain Food: Sound Wave Technology Measures Tree Quality For Market Value

If a tree falls in the forest and no one's there to hear, does it make a sound? It definitely makes sound waves, according to wood scientist Dave Auty of Northern Arizona University. Auty uses "acoustic evaluation technology", or sound wave probes, to determine the stiffness and quality of a tree
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Wildfires, Once Confined to a Season, Burn Earlier and Longer

Fires, once largely confined to a single season, have become a continual threat in some places, burning earlier and later in the year, in the United States and abroad. They have ignited in the West during the winter and well into the fall, have arrived earlier than ever in Canada and have burned
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Cutting it Down to Size

Arizona is home to the largest stand of ponderosa pines in the world. Its size is impressive. Its health is not — the woods are too dense. Thus, the four forest restoration initiative, an unprecedented, ambitious and controversial effort to thin and restore 2.4 million acres on four national
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Trails close as Flagstaff watershed protection work starts

North of Schultz Pass road and just west of the Weatherford Trail, the grind of a giant feller buncher machine rose above the rush of a biting spring wind on Wednesday. A few hundred yards off the road, the logging machine deftly sawed down trees and then, using its giant claws, grabbed the tall
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Bark Beetles, Wildfires, and Our Forests: 5 Questions for Dr. Brian J. Harvey

The last several decades have seen an increase in deadly bark beetle outbreaks and severe wildfires throughout western North America, killing trees throughout tens of millions of acres of forests from Arizona to Alaska. Although tree-killing beetles and wildfires are native to these forests, the
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Tracking 4FRI's landscape impacts

Dusk was settling in on a warm evening last summer as Shaula Hedwall ventured into the forest below Mormon Mountain. The senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and two Forest Service staffers were on a mission to track a Mexican spotted owl whose calls were heard in the area the night
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