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Forest Service orders Colorado train to stop fire mitigation

Jul. 3, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service shut down an extensive fire mitigation project after raising concerns about the number of trees being cut down and sold to a logging company in southwestern Colorado. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad completed eight miles (12 kilometers) of the...

Maine requiring ATVs to be registered again

Jul. 3, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has lifted suspensions on registration of all-terrain vehicles, and ATV owners must now register or renew them. ATV registrations are valid from July 1 to June 30, 2021, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said. It's possible to renew online. New...

More than $300,000 in grants to improve outdoor recreation

Jun. 27, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ten towns and organizations will get over $300,000 in grants collectively to improve outdoor recreation opportunities in northern New England. The grants are provided by the Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative, which is managed by the Northern Forest Center. Funding...

East Tennessee man pleads guilty to killing elk, faces jail

Jun. 25, 2020 4:06 AM EDT

CARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An east Tennessee man has pleaded guilty to illegally killing an elk that was part of a university study, wildlife officials said. Sean Doney, 33, pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking hunting-related state laws in the December killing of a cow elk in the North Cumberland Wildlife...

Alaska contest to name new fire-prevention moose mascot

Jun. 24, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska needs help putting a name to the face of the state's newest celebrity moose. The state Division of Forestry is holding a contest to name a cartoon moose that will represent the agency's statewide fire-prevention campaign, The Juneau Empire reported Tuesday. The forestry...

Homes evacuated in north Phoenix by fast-moving brush fire

Jun. 23, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Up to 50 homes have been evacuated as a precaution in north Phoenix due to a fast-moving brush fire, according to authorities. State Forestry officials say the fire started around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near 27th Avenue and the Carefree Highway and was burning through wash and heavy vegetation. ...

Tiz the Law (8), with jockey Manny Franco up, crosses the finish line to win the152nd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NY-bred Tiz the Law wins barren Belmont Stakes

Jun. 20, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eerily empty grandstands. Masked jockeys. Shuttered betting windows. For Tiz the Law trainer Barclay Tagg, no finer way to round out a career Triple Crown. “I’m not trying to be a jerk about it,” the 82-year-old said. “But I thought the quiet, to me, was very...

Tennessee firefighters sent to battle wildfires in West

Jun. 19, 2020 4:24 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Firefighters from Tennessee have been deployed to the western U.S. to help battle wildfires, officials said. Tennessee's Division of Forestry said in a news release Thursday that 20 incident commanders, tree removers and firefighters have been sent to central New Mexico to help...

In this photo provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, the Nelson Fire burns Wednesday, June 17, 2020, near Oroville, Calif. Some residents of a Northern California county devastated by wildfire in 2018 are under evacuation orders because of a grass fire that has so far destroyed four homes. An evacuation order for parts of Oroville was issued after noon and the cause of the fire is under investigation. A 2018 wildfire in Butte County killed 85 people and destroyed more than 18,000 homes and buildings. (California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention via AP)

4 homes torched as crews battle Northern California wildfire

Jun. 17, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Some residents of a Northern California county devastated by wildfire in 2018 are under evacuation orders because of a grass fire that has so far destroyed four homes. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a tweet shortly after 2 p.m. that the Nelson...

Governor urges consideration of bans on fireworks sales

Jun. 17, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging cities and counties across the state to consider banning retail sales of fireworks. An order signed Monday by Lujan Grisham cites drought conditions present in much of the state and says New Mexico municipalities and counties...