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Mexico sending 101 firefighters to help in California

Sep. 23, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Wednesday it will send 101 firefighters to the United States to help battle wildfires in California. The country’s Environment Department said five teams of 20 trained, equipped firefighters from Mexico’s national forestry commission will work with the U.S....

Tennessee gov announces $55M in farm, forestry COVID-19 aid

Sep. 23, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced that farm and forestry businesses are getting $55 million in aid funded by the federal coronavirus relief package. The Republican’s office says the Coronavirus Agricultural and Forestry Business Fund aims to help ensure the stability of...

Fees waived at some Forest Service recreation areas Saturday

Sep. 23, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Fees at many Daniel Boone National Forest recreation areas are being waived Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day, officials said. The annual event on the fourth Saturday of September is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands, the U.S....

Maine collecting unwanted pesticides for free disposal

Sep. 21, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine state program is encouraging residents to dispose of unwanted and unusable pesticides for free this fall. The state said its Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program has kept more than 109 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since it started in 1982. It's open to...

Fire crews with a helicopter from around Washington County fight a wildfire near Leeds, Utah. Sunday, July 19, 2020. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum via AP)

Utah’s wildfire costs soar with more human-caused fires

Sep. 20, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s wildfire season has broken records for the number of human-caused fires and the costs to taxpayers. During a presentation of the Utah State Legislature’s powerful Executive Appropriations Committee, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands said it has...

The wind whips embers from the Joshua trees burned by the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor

Sep. 19, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds pushed a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles onto the desert floor and spread it rapidly in several directions, causing it to explode in size and destroy homes, officials said Saturday. Meanwhile, officials were...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020 file photo, a hand crew clears vegetation from around a barn as the Bear Fire burns through the Berry Creek area of Butte County, Calif. Two years before a deadly fire leveled Berry Creek, the community was selected to receive an $836,000 state grant for pruning vegetation and clearing fuel from potential fire spots. But the forest management project was never completed because of red tape, said local officials, who now wonder if having cleared potential fuel could have changed the fortunes of Berry Creek, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Berry Creek fire-prevention project stymied by red tape

Sep. 18, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

BERRY CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Two years before a deadly fire leveled Berry Creek and killed at least 11 people, the community was selected to receive an $836,000 state grant for pruning vegetation and clearing fuel from potential fire spots. But the forest management project was never completed because of red...

U.S. Forest Service: A firefighter died battling a wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest in California

Sep. 18, 2020 7:07 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Forest Service: A firefighter died battling a wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest in California.
The August Complex Fire burns near Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Latest: Southern California forest fire burns near homes

Sep. 17, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 8 p.m. WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. — A stubborn, growing wildfire in mountains northeast of Los Angeles is moving toward homes. Evacuation warnings were issued Thursday evening for the small forest town of Wrightwood on the fire’s northeast side....

Storms in Oregon's forecast could suppress or spread fires

Sep. 17, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters have made “significant progress” in containing the wildfires in Oregon, but officials warned Thursday the next 24 hours of weather could play a critical part in suppressing or spreading flames. Storms Thursday evening will bring much needed moisture in Oregon,...