Latest Controlled burns News

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. ...

California wildfire now half contained amid calmer weather

Oct. 16, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters persisted in making progress Saturday against a wildfire burning for a sixth day in Southern California coastal mountains. The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Friday to...

Tennessee offers to share costs on improvements by 2 rivers

Oct. 08, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee agriculture officials are offering to share the costs with landowners who are interested in improving the forests and watersheds on their properties near two rivers. The state Department of Agriculture says the Duck and Elk Watershed...

California encourages prescribed burns to counter wildfires

Oct. 06, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is encouraging more use of fire to fight fire, such as when deliberately set burns were recently used to protect giant sequoias from a raging wildfire. But sometimes what are known as prescribed fires themselves spread out of...

Fires threatening California's sequoias continue to grow

Sep. 27, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters battled fast-growing forest fires threatening giant sequoias and small communities in the Sierra Nevada on Monday and worked to fully surround a suspected arson wildfire that destroyed homes last week. More than 2,000...