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US review traces massive New Mexico fire to planned burns

May. 27, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two fires that merged to create the largest wildfire in New Mexico history have both been traced to planned burns set by U.S. forest managers as preventative measures, federal investigators announced Friday. The findings shift responsibility more squarely...

Extreme fire threats prompt US suspension of planned burns

May. 20, 2022 22:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore cited extreme fire danger and unfavorable weather conditions Friday in announcing a suspension of all planned fire burning operations to clear brush and small trees on all national forest lands while his agency conducts a review of...

New Mexico governor seeks more US aid for wildfire response

May. 14, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor is asking for additional federal assistance to respond to wildfires burning across the state's north, including one that is the second-largest in the state’s history and that officials estimate has destroyed hundreds of homes. Gov....

Convoy brings home California firefighter killed by tree

May. 13, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — A contract wildland firefighter who was killed by a falling tree in California last week has been brought home by a convoy of fellow firefighters. The convoy escorted the body of Darin Banks, 26, on a long journey Thursday from Modesto to a mortuary in Red...

Artificial intelligence tapped to fight Western wildfires

May. 07, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — With wildfires becoming bigger and more destructive as the West dries out and heats up, agencies and officials tasked with preventing and battling the blazes could soon have a new tool to add to their arsenal of prescribed burns, pick axes, chain saws and aircraft. ...

Fire crews close in around massive New Mexico wildfire

May. 05, 2022 22:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico took advantage of diminished winds Thursday to build more fire lines and clear combustible brush near homes close to the fringes of the largest wildfire burning in the U.S. They did so ahead of what is expected to be several consecutive days of...

Heat, wind hit New Mexico as crews battle blazes

Apr. 09, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Warnings that strong winds and hot and dry weather could produce dangerous wildfires blanketed most of New Mexico on Saturday as crews continued to battle at least two blazes that started as prescribed burns but then got out of hand. The National Weather...

Rhode Island plans controlled burn on Dutch Island

Mar. 21, 2022 08:16 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island residents shouldn't be alarmed if they spot fire on Dutch Island within the next month or so. The state Department of Environmental Management is scheduled to conduct a one-day controlled burn on the 85-acre island, a state property located in...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Mar. 14, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. March 13, 2022. Editorial: Central Texans should heed the threat of more wildfires A controlled burn that flared out of control in Bastrop County earlier this year served as a frightening reminder that Central Texas is at severe risk of...

Plan paves way for more Arizona forest restoration projects

Mar. 10, 2022 19:13 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has completed an environmental review that paves the way for large-scale thinning projects and prescribed burns along a prominent line of ponderosa pines and mixed conifer that divide Arizona's desert from the high country. The agency...