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National Defense Act Includes AZ Priorities

Washington, D.C. ­– Today, the United States Senate delivered final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA), legislation championed by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ). The legislation includes additional priorities for the state of
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More than 300 firefighters converge on Tucson to share ideas at fire conference

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - More than 300 firefighters from 21 states and five continents have gathered at the Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson to debate fire suppression ideas and to learn more about managing fire for social, economic and ecological benefits. The conference runs from Nov. 28 to
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Planned burns in Arizona, West vital to restoring forests

That smoke you saw rising from Mount Bigelow in the Santa Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson Monday should be a more regular sight, say fire historians and forest ecologists. Two recent studies place different emphasis on the primary causes of fire in the mountains of the West, but the
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SRP Tests Biomass At Coal-Fired Power Plant

Salt River Project will burn biomass Oct. 26 at its coal-fired power plant in Northern Arizona. If the utility can be a viable user of the forest waste, it can help reduce forest fires and keep rivers clean.
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America’s ring of fire

Wildfires are getting bigger, more expensive to fight and closer than ever to where people live. The consequences can be deadly. This episode of Reveal examines how wildfires got so dangerous – and how people in some areas are fighting back.
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When spark meets sprawl: Building in wildlands increases fire risk

Fire is as common to Western states as the drought-dried shrubs that feed the flames. This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Oakland Hills Firestorm in the San Francisco Bay Area that destroyed about 3,000 homes and killed 25 people. At an estimated $1.5 billion in losses – $2.7 billion in
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4FRI watershed restoration work gets boost from volunteers

Last week, in the forest southwest of Lake Mary, a group of volunteers wound their way through ponderosa-covered slopes, rocky drainages and knee high grasses. Their goal was to find and follow the route that water takes as it flows from the flanks of Mormon Mountain, through the forest and into
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Forest Service wants partnerships to help manage forests

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said his agency is depending on partnerships with states and private organizations to manage 60 million acres in need of restoration because of staff and budget cuts.
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Giant forest fires exterminate spotted owls, long-term study finds

As climate changes and wildfires get larger, hotter and more frequent, how should public lands in the American West be managed to protect endangered creatures that, like the spotted owl, rely on fire-prone old-growth forests?
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Forest Service begins second 4FRI analysis

More than a year after completing its first environmental analysis for northern Arizona’s Four Forest Restoration Initiative, the Forest Service has begun a second environmental planning process encompassing the eastern portion of the 2.4 million-acre project.
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