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US Forest Service hits brakes on Arizona restoration project

Sep. 16, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has put the brakes on a effort to thin hundreds of square miles of land in Arizona to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, drawing sharp rebukes from elected officials. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative is the...

Climate change, logging collide -- and a forest shrinks

Sep. 15, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

CUSTER CITY, S.D. (AP) — Looking down a hillside dotted with large stumps and nearly devoid of trees, a pair of retired U.S. Forest Service employees lamented logging policies they helped craft to deal with two harbingers of climate change -- pine beetles and wildfires. ...

US Forest Service OKs Swan Valley forest, habitat plan

Sep. 13, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has given preliminary approval to a plan for road-building, logging and other forest management measures in Montana's Swan Valley with the goal of reducing fire danger and enhancing habitat for several federally protected species, the agency...

Crews in southern Spain face 'complex' wildfire for 5th day

Sep. 13, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Firefighting crews near southern Spain's Costa del Sol were hoping for much-needed rainfall Monday to help them extinguish a major wildfire that has ravaged 7,700 hectares (19,000 acres) in five days and forced the evacuations of 2,600 people. Authorities...

Vulnerable Democrats push for local priorities in budget

Sep. 12, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa was slow to get behind a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after the Senate passed it last month. It wasn't the price tag that tripped up the Democrat from a swing House district. It was that none of the money was targeted for a home state...

California fire that burned 142 structures was human-caused

Sep. 10, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — A California wildfire that destroyed 142 structures in the Sierra Nevada last month was human-caused, authorities said Friday, but they did not reveal what led to that conclusion. The River Fire began Aug. 4 in the overnight camping area of the...

Tennessee offering tree seedlings for reforestation

Sep. 09, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's forestry office is now taking orders for tree seedlings for planting throughout the state, The state Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry said it is offering tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation and conservation...

Official: Wildfire near Lake Tahoe largely kept from towns

Sep. 07, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The huge wildfire near the Lake Tahoe resort region was about half contained Tuesday, with the head of California's firefighting agency saying crews largely have been able to keep flames away from populated areas. “We've been able to...

Wyoming US Forest Service cabins in high demand as getaways

Sep. 04, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — The Sheep Mountain Fire Outlook has one set of bunk beds and one vault toilet. There is no running water, indoor plumbing or electricity. For eight months of the year, the cabin is inaccessible and buried in snowpack. During the four months it is...

Lake Tahoe wildfire seemed controllable, until winds flared

Sep. 02, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Just last week, managers overseeing the fight against the massive wildfire scorching California's Lake Tahoe region thought they could have it contained by the start of this week. Instead, the Caldor Fire crested the Sierra Nevada on Monday,...