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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service in November 2020 shows a portion of the Red River flowing through a gorge in Kentucky. It is the state’s only federally designated wild and scenic river. A sharp increase in the number of visitors to the Red River Gorge in 2020 has the U.S. Forest Service considering changes that would improve safety and accessibility for people and add more protection for delicate wilderness areas, officials said. (U.S. Forest Service via AP)

Rush of visitors at Red River Gorge sparks call for changes

Nov. 9, 2020 5:17 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One of Appalachia's most beloved natural attractions is becoming a victim of its own popularity. A sharp increase in the number of visitors to Kentucky's Red River Gorge has the U.S. Forest Service considering changes that would improve safety and accessibility for people and add...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with then California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, left, during a visit to a neighborhood impacted by the wildfires in Paradise, Calif. Nearly two years ago President Trump ordered the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Interior to make federal lands less susceptible to catastrophic wildfires. But the agencies fell short of his goals in 2019, treating a combined 4.3 million acres — just over half of the 8.45 million acres the president sought. It was only slightly better than their average annual performance over nearly two decades, according to government data. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Federal agencies fall short of Trump forest protection goals

Oct. 31, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

Nearly two years ago, President Donald Trump stood amid the smoky ruins of Paradise, California, where he blamed the deadliest wildfire in the state's history on poor forest management. "You've got to take care of the floors, you know? The floors of the forest, very important," the president said. He ordered the...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, looks on during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, near Neffs Canyon, in Salt Lake City. Romney announced legislation to establish a national wildfire commission that would make policy recommendations aimed at diminishing future wildfire disasters. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Mitt Romney calls for US commission to deal with wildfires

Oct. 15, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced legislation Thursday to establish a national commission focused on diminishing future wildfire disasters. The proposed commission would study and recommend fire mitigation policies to Congress, including forest management tactics and federal...

Merkley favored against Perkins in Oregon Senate race

Oct. 12, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will face off against Republican Jo Rae Perkins on November’s ballot in Oregon, with the incumbent a heavy favorite against an opponent with political views described by observers as “extreme.” Political experts say that Perkins'...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, a house burns on Platina Road at the Zogg Fire near Ono, Calif. California's largest utility company said its equipment might have caused a fatal wildfire last month in a county in the northern part of the state, the Mercury News reported Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope, File)

Team investigating deadly Calif. fire seizes PG&E equipment

Oct. 11, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Fire investigators looking into what caused a wildfire that killed four people in far Northern California have taken possession of equipment belonging to Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility has reported. PG&E said in a filing Friday with the Public Utilities Commission that...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020 file photo the August Complex Fire burns near Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest, Calif. The staggering scale of California's wildfires has reached another milestone. The new mark for the August Complex Fire in the Coast Range between San Francisco and the Oregon state line on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, surpassed 1 million acres. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California wildfires are larger than ever, but not deadlier

Oct. 6, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With months still to go in California’s fire season, the state has already shattered records for the amount of land scorched in a single year — more than 4 million acres to date, with one blaze alone surpassing the 1 million-acre mark. Five of the 10 largest wildfires in...