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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...

Massive New Mexico blaze blamed on miscalculations, errors

Jun. 21, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service employees made multiple miscalculations, used inaccurate models and underestimated how dry conditions were in the Southwest, causing a planned burn to reduce the threat of wildfires to explode into the largest blaze in New Mexico’s recorded history,...

Biden ramps up federal help for New Mexico wildfire fight

Jun. 11, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — President Joe Biden said Saturday he was escalating federal assistance for New Mexico as it faces its largest wildfire in recorded state history. The fire began with prescribed burns that were set by the U.S. Forest Service, a standard practice that’s...

New Mexico residents sue for information on massive wildfire

Jun. 10, 2022 20:46 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of residents in a small New Mexico community impacted by massive wildfires that merged in April are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they called a failure to provide information about the government's role in starting the blazes. The Forest...

US review traces massive New Mexico fire to planned burns

May. 27, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two fires that merged to create the largest wildfire in New Mexico history have both been traced to planned burns set by U.S. forest managers as preventative measures, federal investigators announced Friday. The findings shift responsibility more squarely...

Extreme fire threats prompt US suspension of planned burns

May. 20, 2022 22:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore cited extreme fire danger and unfavorable weather conditions Friday in announcing a suspension of all planned fire burning operations to clear brush and small trees on all national forest lands while his agency conducts a review of...