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Scorched earth: U.S. wildfires near record level

Wildfires have burned a phenomenal 5.5 million acres across the U.S. so far this year, an area equal to the size of New Jersey. This is the second-highest total in at least the past 25 years, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. Only 2011, which saw 5.8 million
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Saving West's iconic landscapes from wildfires, one steppe at a time

The landscape is quintessentially western – vast expanses of sage-covered steppe punctuated by plateaus and mesas etched with canyons. Known as the Greater Sheldon-Hart Mountain landscape, the tract is billed as one of the few remaining large parcels of sage-steppe habitat in the United States.
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Project to protect Flagstaff watersheds moves forward

There will be cable-logging in the Dry Lake Hills -- but none that is visible from the heart of Flagstaff. And in exchange for thinning and prescribed burning within Mexican spotted owl habitat, researchers will monitor 12 owl sites for at least five years.
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Making a forest ready for 4FRI

The bumpy forest road near Wing Mountain wound through acre upon acre of forest crowded with trees, a carefully chosen few marked with bright orange stripes. This area of forest is one of thousands of ponderosa pine stands in northern Arizona set to be thinned as part of the Four Forest
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White House Moves Funds in Anticipation of Drought-Fueled Wildfire Season

The price tag for coping with America’s record-breaking drought keeps rising. On Friday, federal officials announced this year’s budget may have underestimated how much money it will take to fight wildfires in the American West this summer. With severe and relentless drought leaving more than a
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The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP) Wins $25,000 Grant

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP) has won Rare’s Solution Search: Reducing Our Risk People’s Choice Award and a $25,000 grant. This award recognizes FWPP’s innovation in disaster preparation and spotlight’s the project’s efforts on the national stage.
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El Nino brings an atypical fire season

PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The past 30-40 days we've seen one moisture-laden tropical storm after the next. It's made for record rain in Arizona, and the wet weather is having an impact on the state's wildfire season.
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Brain Food: The Octocopter Helps Monitor Forest Health

An 8-armed drone that looks like a robotic black spider will soon be hovering over northern Arizona's ponderosa pine forests
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Fearing the Burn

Since April 15, an unusually high number of wildfires—122—have sparked in Washington State. The Evergreen State is probably not the first place that comes to mind when you think of wildfire. But across much of the West, extended drought, dismally low snowpack, and predictions for a warm, dry
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Will El Nino Trigger an Extreme Wildfire Season?

Just as the western United States is bracing for another season of monster wildfires, El Niño has kicked into gear and added its weird weather to the mix. For some parts of North America El Niño could be a blessing – suppressing hurricanes in the North Atlantic or bringing rain to parched
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