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US restarts burns of forest fuel, paused after runaway blaze

Sep. 08, 2022 22:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is resuming its practice of intentionally lighting fires to clear brush and small trees from forested areas nationwide after a three-month hiatus to review the risks of runaway wildfires under increasingly severe climate conditions, the agency...

US Forest Service resumes prescribed burns amid climate risks after 3-month hiatus, strategic review

Sep. 08, 2022 16:07 PM EDT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — US Forest Service resumes prescribed burns amid climate risks after 3-month hiatus, strategic review.

NM city, victim of government burn, now faces water shortage

Aug. 22, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, buzzing chainsaws interrupt the serenity. Crews are hustling to remove charred trees and other debris that have been washing down the mountainsides in the wake of the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history, choking rivers...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Aug. 11, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

Times and Democrat. August 10, 2022. Editorial: S.C. has more than climate vs. wildfires South Carolina and Georgia are glad to be the exceptions. Nearly 70% of the U.S. population across parts of every state in the continental United States, except for...

Yosemite wildfire moving east into Sierra National Forest

Jul. 14, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that threatened a grove of California's giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park was burning eastward into the Sierra National Forest on Wednesday. The Washburn Fire is one of dozens of blazes chewing through drought-parched terrain...

Preventative fires credited with saving Yosemite sequoias

Jul. 12, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A famed grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park survived its first wildfire in more than a century, thanks to efforts to regularly burn the undergrowth beneath the towering trees, a forest ecologist who toured the site said Tuesday. ...

New Mexico county blasts US over historic prescribed fire

Jul. 12, 2022 19:20 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Commissioners in a northern New Mexico county urged U.S. forest managers on Tuesday to do a more comprehensive environmental review of plans to restore large swaths of forest that border the capital city, passing a resolution fueled by frustrations that have been mounting...

California firefighters gain against Yosemite wildfire

Jul. 12, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters gained ground Monday in the battle against a wildfire that poses a threat to a grove of giant sequoias and a small community in Yosemite National Park. The Washburn Fire on the western flank of the Sierra Nevada had...