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In this Monday, March 30, 2020 photo, a firefighter battles a forest fire as it approaches a gas station in Xichang in southwestern China's Sichuan Province. More than a dozen of people have died while fighting a raging forest fire in southwestern China and reinforcements were sent to fight the blaze and evacuate nearby residents, officials and state media reported Tuesday. (Chinatopix via AP)

Dryness, sudden winds factors in deadly China forest fire

Apr. 1, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials say dry conditions, high temperatures and a sudden change in wind direction all contributed to the deaths of 19 people in a forest fire in mountainous southwestern China. The official Xinhua News Agency said late Tuesday that thousands of firefighters were still battling...

Groups sue over continued grazing in Wyoming grizzly habitat

Mar. 31, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Conservation groups sued the U.S. government Tuesday over livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest, saying grizzly bears are too often killed by ranchers and wildlife managers for pursuing cattle in such settings. Forest officials decided in October to allow livestock grazing to continue...

Board endorses site for Theodore Roosevelt library

Mar. 31, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation Board is endorsing some U.S. Forest Service land near Medora as the site for the Roosevelt library. The 60-acre site is west of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation's Burning Hills Amphitheatre. The board evaluated 11 sites...

In this Monday, March 30, 2020 photo, a firefighter battles a forest fire as it approaches a gas station in Xichang in southwestern China's Sichuan Province. More than a dozen of people have died while fighting a raging forest fire in southwestern China and reinforcements were sent to fight the blaze and evacuate nearby residents, officials and state media reported Tuesday. (Chinatopix via AP)

China state media reports 19 people killed in forest fire

Mar. 30, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Nineteen people have died while fighting a raging forest fire in southwestern China and hundreds of reinforcements were sent to fight the blaze and evacuate nearby residents, officials and state media reported Tuesday. The area threatened by the fire in Sichuan province is thinly populated,...

China state media report 19 people have died while fighting a raging forest fire in southwestern province of Sichuan

Mar. 30, 2020 10:53 PM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — China state media report 19 people have died while fighting a raging forest fire in southwestern province of Sichuan.

Oregon man leaves $2 million for Montana forest museum

Mar. 29, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — In the midst of a lot of bad news, here’s a nice change of pace: A former forester and forest conservation advocate from Oregon has bequeathed roughly $2 million to shine a light at the end of a long tunnel to an elusive National Conservation Legacy Center in Missoula. Bill...

Arizona forest proposes using fire as tool for restoration

Mar. 28, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

FREDONIA, Ariz. (AP) — Forest officials in northern Arizona have plans to use prescribed fire to help with restoration efforts in an area north of Grand Canyon National Park. The Kaibab National Forest is seeking public comments on a proposed vegetation management project that would span more than 43...

Fire danger level elevated in southwestern New Mexico

Mar. 26, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Forest Service officials say the threat of wildfires is rising in southwestern New Mexico. Gila National Forest officials on Thursday cited strong winds, low humidity and the recent discovery of an abandoned campfire for a decision by fire managers to raise the forest's fire...

Winnebago stops production, paying 5,000 workers for 2 weeks

Mar. 23, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa-based recreational vehicle and boat manufacturer Winnebago Industries said Monday it is ceasing production to protect workers from coronavirus exposure and will adjust production as demand for the company's products is rapidly changing. The company, which employees about 5,000...

Forest Service OKs logging, trails in northwestern Montana

Mar. 19, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a commercial logging and wildfire reduction proposal in northwestern Montana that includes about 25 miles of new recreational trails. It’s aimed in part at reducing wildfire risk by removing timber on about 6 square miles of forest near...