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Pennsylvania park roller coaster gone, but not due to fire

Jan. 10, 2022 11:51 AM EST

CONNEAUT LAKE, Pa. (AP) — A wooden roller coaster built more than eight decades ago that was the centerpiece of a northwestern Pennsylvania amusement park is no more, but officials say it wasn't destroyed by a fire at the park last week. Early reports had indicated that the Blue...

Fire at Pennsylvania amusement park damages roller coaster

Jan. 04, 2022 18:51 PM EST

CONNEAUT LAKE, Pa. (AP) — A fire at a northwestern Pennsylvania amusement park has damaged a wooden roller coaster built more than eight decades ago. WICU-TV says reports from Conneaut Lake Park late Tuesday afternoon indicated that a controlled burn near the carousel got out of...

State forest getting facelift to help maintain habitat

Dec. 11, 2021 14:05 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) — A state forest in New Hampshire is getting a facelift. The state is planning the second phase of a wildlife habitat improvement project over 21 acres in the Blue Job State Forest in Farmington. Mowing this month will reduce the volume of the...

Judge halts logging on wildfire-scarred forest in Oregon

Dec. 04, 2021 16:28 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has halted U.S. Forest Service plans to log part of the Willamette National Forest burned by last summer’s wildfires after a lawsuit filed by environmentalists. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken comes after Cascadia...

Controlled burn plans in works for 3 Utah national forests

Nov. 21, 2021 08:02 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For decades, the U.S. Forest Service’s practice of putting out wildfires was a huge success. But the policy backfired, setting the stage for the massive destructive wildfires that have flared with increasing regularity across the West. While...

Chief of California's wildland firefighting agency to retire

Nov. 15, 2021 17:07 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of California’s forestry and wildland firefighting agency announced Monday that he will retire next month after shepherding the state through three historic wildfire seasons, the most recent of which saw two massive blazes span the Sierra Nevada for the...

Debris from fire training exercise shows presence of lead

Nov. 08, 2021 19:59 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Initial testing has shown the presence of lead in debris samples collected following the controlled burn of a house during a firefighter training exercise in southern Indiana. The controlled burn was Friday in Bloomington and area residents...

Forest Service holding forum on April's Michigan wildfire

Nov. 08, 2021 07:31 AM EST

EAST TAWAS, Mich. (AP) — The public is invited to a forum to discuss the cause of a wildfire last spring in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula. The event will be held Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the East Tawas Community Center in East Tawas. ...

Flagstaff-area firefighters learn to manage prescribe burns

Nov. 07, 2021 10:25 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A long line of Flagstaff Wildland Firefighters stood on the edge of the Tunnel Springs Trail, a portion of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System on top of Observatory Mesa. With a signal from the crew boss, they stepped off the trail and began making...

For tribes, 'good fire' a key to restoring nature and people

Oct. 29, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

WEITCHPEC, Calif. (AP) — Elizabeth Azzuz stood in prayer on a Northern California mountainside, arms outstretched, grasping a handmade torch of dried wormwood branches, the fuel her Native American ancestors used for generations to burn underbrush in thick forest. ...