Latest Forests News

A Los Angeles County firefighter extinguishes hot spots at a scorched residence while battling the Lake Fire in the Angeles National Forest, Calif., north of Santa Clarita on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Light winds and scattered thundershowers early Thursday helped calm the flames of a huge wildfire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles, and firefighters hoped to rein in the blaze before temperatures spike later in the day. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Crews try to tame California wildfire as heat wave arrives

Aug. 14, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews scrambled to protect homes from a huge wildfire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles, and officials warned the blaze could flare up again Thursday as a blistering heat wave descended on California. The fire exploded in size within hours after it broke out in dense forest...

Crews searching for a missing hiker in Tonto National Forest

Aug. 13, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Crews are searching for hiker who has gone missing in the Tonto National Forest. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials said 25-year-old Khayman Welch was last seen walking from the parking lot area at Weaver’s Needle Vista Viewpoint about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Welch...

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest speaks to members of the media during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, June 29, 2020. Forest plans to sue Gov. Roy Cooper over alleged violations of the state Emergency Management Act during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Forest abandons lawsuit challenging Cooper executive orders

Aug. 13, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest ended a testy legal battle with campaign rival and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday after a judge recently rejected Forest's demand to block Cooper from shuttering businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Forest sued the governor...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, file photo released by the U.S. Forest Service smoke from the Nethker Fire billows into the air at Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho. A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, halts for the second time a 125-square-mile project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage, prescribed burning, the closing of some roads and restoration of Ponderosa pine ecosystems. (U.S. Forest Service via AP,File)

Giant Idaho forest project on hold again after court ruling

Aug. 12, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday halts for the second time a 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes...

Multnomah Falls reopens to the public with coronavirus rules

Aug. 12, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s tallest waterfall and one of the state’s most popular attractions has reopened to the public with new guidelines in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. Multnomah Falls opened in the Columbia River Gorge Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service announced. New social...

Cooper wins key ruling in COVID-19 legal fight with Forest

Aug. 11, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won another legal victory defending his COVID-19 executive orders on Tuesday, this time when a judge rejected Lt. Gov. Dan Forest's demand that they be blocked by declaring his lawsuit is unlikely to succeed. The Republican lieutenant governor sued...

2 more Arizona forests plan to implement fire restrictions

Aug. 11, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Two more national forests in Arizona plan to re-implement fire restrictions due to a lack of rain during the current monsoon. Coconino and Kaibab national forests announced Monday that the two forests in northern Arizona on Friday will implement restrictions on camping and smoking...

Pennsylvania warns of crowds at parks, suggests alternatives

Aug. 10, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State officials say a number of state parks and recreation areas in Pennsylvania are seeing “significant overcrowding" on weekends and during warm weather, and they are suggesting that people go to less crowded areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has...

Maine asking for help finding pesky forest bugs

Aug. 9, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is asking residents to keep an eye on trees near their homes and neighborhoods for strange bugs. August is a peak time of the year to be able to observe invasive insects, which can do damage to trees in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry...