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WSU researcher says drought could get worse

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The drought conditions in Washington that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee last week to declare an emergency are likely to grow worse because of a strengthening El Nino tropical weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean, a weather researcher for Washington State University said Thursday.

50-acre prescribed burn planned in Grand Canyon Village

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A prescribed burn is planned in a wooded area of Grand Canyon Village on the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

Feds expand efforts to fight wildfires by reshaping forests

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The towering ponderosa pine trees are cut down and bundled in quick succession as heavy equipment winds its way through a national forest as part of the largest federal effort to reshape the forests to prevent wildfires. The felled trees then are shredded of their limbs and eventually will be taken from the forest in northern Arizona to Phoenix, where they'll be turned into pallets.

Feds drop charges against hunter accused of starting wildfire that burned part of Yosemite

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Feds drop charges against hunter accused of starting wildfire that burned part of Yosemite .

$4 million in US projects aim to protect sage grouse habitat

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday announced more than $4 million in projects in four states as part of a wildfire-fighting strategy to protect a wide swath of intermountain West sagebrush country that supports cattle ranching and is home to a struggling bird species.

Massive thinning project takes big step forward

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says a plan to restore 2.4 million acres along the Mogollon (MUH'-ghi-ohn) Rim has taken a significant step forward.

Air improves after California wildfire partially contained

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Air quality authorities in Southern California say improved weather conditions have decreased smoke from a wildfire that forced the evacuation of 300 homes over the weekend.

Wind Cave National Park wildfire burns over 7 square miles

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) — A prescribed burn in the southern portion of Wind Cave National Park that turned into a wildfire had burned more than 7 square miles within the park as of midday Tuesday, park officials said.

Siberian fires sweep through villages, kill 15

MOSCOW (AP) — Out-of-control agricultural fires have killed at least 15 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Siberia, authorities said on Monday.

Snow that replenishes Washington reservoirs sets record low

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Snow that replenishes Washington's reservoirs set a record low for April, setting the stage for reduced water supplies and perhaps more devastating wildfires this year.

Wildland Firefighting Articles

Fifty-Acre Wildfire North of Flagstaff (AZ) Contained

Firefighters have contained a 50-plus acre wildfire along Arizona 89 just north of Flagstaff.

Wildland Firefighter Foundation Returns Firefighter Statue to Boise Airport

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation rededicated the statue at the Boise Airport Friday, returning it from Arizona&nbs...

Shamong Forest Fire Nearly Contained

A large fire continues to burn in the Wharton State Forest, but firefighters expect to have the fire fully contained.

NFPA Presidential Message Honors National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced a Presidential Message was signed...

Firefighters Train for Upcoming, Busy Wildfire Season

Cal Fire is already training for this wildfire season. On Saturday, firefighters, pilots and members of the National ...

Company/Association News

Company/Association News from around the fire service industry.

Study: Beetle-Killed Trees Do Not Increase Fire Danger

USA Today reports that devastation wrought on Western forests by the tiny mountain pine beetle appears to have little...

Puppies Saved From Forest Fire By Mother Digging Hole

A litter of nine puppies survived a forest fire because their mother dug a deep hole and placed her pups inside, wher...

Thousands Evacuated As Chile Forest Fire Threatens Valparaiso

The port cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar were threatened by a serious forest fire spreading quickly on Chile's ...

NFPA and State Farm Announce Winners of 2015 Wildfire Preparedness Day Project Contest

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm® announced the winners of the Wildfire ...

NFPA Receives Grant from State Farm for 2015 Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire Campaign

To help communities prepare for and reduce their risk of wildfire damage, the National Fire Protection Associati...

COMPANY/ASSOCIATION NEWS

Company/Association News from around the fire service industry.

Firefighters Make Progress on Wildfire that Destroyed 40 Homes in California

Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed 40 homes, burned nearly 11 square mi...

Round Fire Doubles in Size as Structures Burn

Since yesterday an aggressive winter brush fire has doubled in size, destroying roughly 20 structures in the area bet...

FSA New Bid Awards to Include HME Ahrens-Fox for Fire and Emergency Apparatus

The Florida Sheriffs Association has posted the 2015 recipients of their bid award 15-11-0116. 

DynCorp International to Continue Support of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has extended its contract with DynCorp Internati...

NFPA Receives Grant from State Farm for Second Annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S. and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. Nearl...

Indago UAS Proves Firefighting Capability in Australia

In an effort to combat forest fires in Western Australia, Lockheed Martin's Indago small UAS was used to provide inte...

Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee Announces Partnership

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 Wildfire Mitigation Award Winners.

Orion Aerial to Revive P-3 Aerial Firefighting Fleet

Orion Aerial Firefighters (orionaff.com), a company dedicated to return the P-3 Orion to aerial firefighting service,...

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