News Archive

Wildfires: Not Always a Brush of Devastation

7/8/2014
Over Memorial Day weekend I went on a camping trip to Woods Canyon Lake near Payson, and I realized how valuable a campfire really is. My fellow campers and I were unable to have a campfire due to the dry conditions and the high risk of starting a forest fire. In the last two months, Arizona has
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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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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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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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California’s Record Fire Season Drives Climate Change Into the News

6/22/2014
A Media Matters analysis found that California's largest-circulating newspapers are increasingly mentioning how climate change is worsening the state's wildfires. California has faced an extremely early and severe fire season in 2014, in line with climate research showing that over the last four
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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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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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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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Local Specialists Assess Fallout from the Slide Fire

6/6/2014
With the Slide Fire fully contained, the burned areas of Oak Creek Canyon still pose risks to people and structures. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, officials with the Coconino National Forest have sent in the Burned Area Emergency Response Team to assess the damage.
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Brain Food: Hydrologic Systems And Forest Restoration

6/5/2014
Many scientists say intense wildfires, like the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon, underscore the urgency for forest restoration. Hydrogeologist Abe Springer studies how forest treatments, like thinning and prescribed burns, are impacting natural water systems. He say 80-85 percent of precipitation
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