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In the dry West, housing growth puts firefighters in the path of wildfires

Tom Haney set out from Virginia’s Eastern Shore this weekend to prove once again that he belongs in an elite cadre of firefighters called smoke jumpers. He pointed an old Nissan pickup truck toward Montana and drove. There, at a U.S. Forest Service training camp in Missoula, the seven-year veteran
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4Fri Forest Restoration Initiative Aims To Help Economy, Environment

The U.S. Forest Service has signed a record of decision on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, also known as 4Fri. It’s the biggest environmental impact statement ever written by the agency. For more on this step and how the initiative is going generally, we turn to Diane Vosick, director of
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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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U.S. Braces for Even Worse Wildfire Season

LONDON—The firefighters are primed, hoses at the ready. May and June are often the peak months for forest fires in the southwest of the US, and the outlook for this year is grim.
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California's Fire Season Is Shaping Up to Be a "Disaster"

On Monday, 200 firefighters evacuated an upscale residential neighborhood in Los Angeles as they responded to a wildfire that had just broken out in the nearby hills. Ninety minutes later, the fire was out, with no damage done. But if that battle was a relatively easy win, it belied a much more
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Experts press case for forest management to head off wildfires

The science is in and the time to act on forest management is now if the government wants to avoid more catastrophic wildfires, a panel of wildfire experts told a House committee Thursday. Diane Vosick, director of policy and partnerships at Northern Arizona University’s Ecological
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4FRI green light signals truce in timber wars

Final changes to a plan for forest restoration activities across almost 600,000 acres in the Coconino and Kaibab national forests have made the document one that even several of its initial critics say they can support.
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Environmental impact statement clears way for forest thinning

Approval of an environmental impact statement clearing the way for thinning 600,000 acres of Arizona forest is an important step toward reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfires, U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said. “This is huge,” said Kirkpatrick, a Democrat whose district includes areas of the
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Cutting Down Trees May Save a Sprawling Forest

Following years of debate surrounding the project, top Forest Service officials yesterday hailed a key step forward for the nation's largest forest restoration initiative.
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Largest Forest Service Restoration Initiative Reaches Milestone

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 –U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said today that the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), the largest landscape-scale restoration initiative of its kind, has reached a pivotal milestone towards achieving accelerated forest restoration on more than 500,000
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