ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wildfire on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula expanded Wednesday but fire crews used controlled burns to create firebreaks and protect a highway leading to some of the state's...
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has given preliminary approval for a logging and controlled burning project that aims reduce wildfire risks and improve habitat in western...
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Land management agencies are underutilizing controlled burns to reduce wildfire threats in the western U.S., according to a wildfire study.
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A study indicates that land management agencies are underutilizing prescribed burns to reduce wildfire threats in the western U.S.
Forest Service plans controlled burns in Montana
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is planning to set a series of fires on about 16 square miles (42 square kilometers) of national forest in Montana to reduce the risk of high...
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two people were hurt in a crash on a smoke-obscured highway in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that the wreck happened...
CHATSWORTH, N.J. (AP) — Someone in a remote area deep in the New Jersey Pinelands that is a known gathering spot for illegal bonfires caused a blaze that burned more than 11,600 acres (4,694...
MONTGOMERY, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says a firefighter from California has died in a helicopter crash in the Sam Houston National Forest in Texas.
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 2,000 acres of Wayne National Forest in Ohio will be intentionally burned over the next three months as part of the area's fire management efforts.
Asheville plans prescribed burns around reservoir
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Asheville is making plans for prescribed burns around an area reservoir to clear brush in hopes of preventing future wildfires.
Prescribed fire planned for island wilderness off Georgia
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The federal government is planning prescribed fires to help maintain one of coastal Georgia's most pristine barrier islands.
The National Park Service says controlled burning on federally protected Cumberland Island could begin as soon as Tuesday.
Fires are planned in a grassy area as well as a stand of pine trees in order to reduce brush that can fuel wildfires. The fires also will push back encroachment of unwanted plants and promote the growth of grass.
Firefighters take down Juneau landmark for training session
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A landmark Juneau building has disappeared after giving firefighters a chance to practice their skills.
The Thane Ore House, a former restaurant that was unoccupied for six years, went up in flames Saturday as volunteer and staff firefighters with Capital City Fire/Rescue practiced hose techniques and other skills, the Juneau Empire reported .
Coast Guard investigates oil pipeline spill in Louisiana
DULAC, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it is investigating the cause and impact of a small oil spill in a Louisiana marsh.
A news release Tuesday said a controlled burn Monday got rid of nearly 1,700 gallons of oil that had escaped from a pipeline near Dulac. The line is owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Co.
The Coast Guard says it was notified of the spill Nov. 15, and a cleanup company put a floating barrier around the spill and sorbents onto the oil the same day.
State police dispose of explosives found at auction property
WALLINGFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police have safely disposed of commercial explosives found in a home that was up for auction.
Experts seek ways to boost extreme wildfire survival rates
BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from blazes in California and across the U.S. West.
As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions
BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from increasingly severe blazes in California and across the U.S. West.
Fort Carson plans controlled burns to reduce wildfire risk
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Fort Carson is planning to conduct prescribed burns over the next several weeks to clear dry grass from training areas south of Colorado Springs.
The Gazette reports the 210-square-mile (546-square-kilometer) military installation will conduct the burns on various training sites from October to late December.
Crews plan controlled burns that could ease future smoke
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Residents in Yakima and Kittitas counties may again see smoke this month as authorities use small controlled fires to prevent the kind of big wildfires that caused weeks of unhealthy haze this summer.
Using fire to fight future fires, local, state, federal and Canadian firefighters will conduct strategic burning operations Sept. 24 to Oct. 5 on more than 900 acres of public and private land in central Washington.
Southwestern Montana fire burns buildings
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A fire in southwestern Montana burned buildings, while firefighters east of Townsend battled a controlled burn that got out of control.
Agency mistakes plague GOP candidate for Florida governor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Once Florida's presumed Republican nominee for governor, the state's agriculture commissioner is struggling to shake off a series of mistakes by his agency while he works to rebound from the president's endorsement of his rival.
In the past few months, Adam Putnam's agency has made headlines time and again for problems with concealed weapons permits, a roller coaster crash and a wildfire sparked by a controlled burn.
Oregon plans meetings on proposed controlled burn rules
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon agencies are holding a series of public meetings on measures aimed at reducing wildfire smoke by increasing controlled burns during non-fire seasons.
The Mail Tribune reports the state forestry and environmental quality departments will hold a meeting next week in Medford, which has recorded 23 unhealthy air quality days because of smoke this summer.
Controlled burn leads to house fire in northern Wyoming
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say high winds reignited a controlled burn at a property north of Worland, resulting in the complete loss of a house.
The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports the homeowner was burning piles of foliage on the property Sunday and thought the fire was extinguished.
COVE FORT, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a Utah wildfire (all times local):
The Utah Department of Transportation says a 23-mile stretch of Interstate 70 that was closed because of a wildfire in south-central Utah is expected to fully reopen Saturday evening.
EASTPOINT, Fla. (AP) — Officials estimate $1.7 million in property damage was lost to a "controlled-burn" fire that blazed out of control and destroyed 36 homes in a tiny Florida Panhandle community.
‘Controlled’ Blaze Destroys Fla. Homes
EASTPOINT, Fla. (AP) — John Matthew Polous watched a "controlled-burn" fire for three days as it consumed foliage outside his tiny community on the Florida Panhandle. And then he watched as it quickly raged out of control. What he doesn't understand is why it took government officials until Wednesday to acknowledge that they are the ones responsible for the blaze that destroyed 36 homes, including his.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A wildfire in central Utah fed by dry conditions and swift wind has consumed more than 10 square miles (26 square kilometers) and burned a cabin.
The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday the Trail Mountain fire northwest of Orangeville began as a prescribed burn but grew out of control last week.
Spokeswoman Rosann Fillmore says no homes have been evacuated and no buildings have been damaged aside from the cabin in the Manti-La Sal National Forest.
Controlled burn planned at Connecticut state forest
WEST HARTLAND, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection plans to intentionally burn 18 acres of field inside the Tunxis State Forest.
Depending on the weather, the agency has scheduled the control burn for Monday, during the late morning or mid-day. The field is located near Route 20 in West Hartland.
Forest Service plans controlled burn in Cherokee Forest
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service plans a controlled burn in part of Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.
The agency says the public is asked to pay attention to signs posted at various locations and stay away from burn areas.
The burn is planned in the southern portion of the forest on Friday, depending on weather conditions.
CAMP GUERNSEY JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Wyo. — Guernsey-area residents can expect to see and hear increased helicopter activity during the afternoon hours of April 18, 19, as Wyoming Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk pilots and crews will be working with the Camp Guernsey Fire Department to extinguish controlled burns on the North Training Area.
Smoke from controlled burns in Kansas pushing into southeast Nebraska
State health officials have issued their first smoke alert under a new advisory system for times when smoke from agricultural fires is expected to impact air quality in Nebraska.
The first advisory indicated that moderate air quality conditions are expected in southeast and south-central Nebraska.
Wednesday, the affected areas included Douglas and Lancaster Counties and Omaha and Lincoln.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is planning to conduct a dozen controlled burns in the Sheyenne National Grassland in southeastern North Dakota.
The Dakota Prairie Grasslands office says the burning of about 4,000 acres could begin early this month if conditions permit.
Officials use controlled burns to manage vegetation, wildlife habitat and invasive species.
WILDFIRE – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be conducting controlled burns in Okanogan, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties. The burns are intended to reduce wildfire risk and support healthier habitat.
Burns are scheduled for later in the month on 200 ares of the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area, 200 acres of Rustlers Gulch Wildlife Area and 150 acres of the Le Clerc Creek Wildlife Area.
To see maps of the burn areas visit and for more information: wdfw.wa.gov/news.
Sugar pines to stand on scorched patch of Ashland forest
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 50-acre patch of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest land that was scorched during controlled burning last summer will become home to a new stand of sugar pine seedlings rarely found in the dense hills overlooking Ashland.
The too-hot burn killed several large "legacy" trees that the 220-acre burn was meant to protect and opened up far more forest canopy than intended by the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project.
Q: What’s the purpose of “prescribed” fires?
A: With the end of winter comes spring cleaning, the thawing of frozen lakes, the planting of crops and prescribed burns on some state-managed properties by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The controlled fires are a land management technique used to help protect, restore and maintain many of the state’s natural habitats, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Northern New Mexico can’t say it hasn’t been warned.
This year, expect fires. Expect them to burn hot. Don’t be caught unprepared.
The next big fire could be caused by a lightning strike or a tossed cigarette or a downed power line or an inadequately doused campfire.
Skeletal remains found by New Jersey forest fire workers
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — State forest fire staffers setting fires for a controlled burn have found skeletal remains in a wooded area of southern New Jersey.
Ocean County prosecutors say the remains were found shortly after 2 p.m. Monday in the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, but further details were not disclosed. They say an autopsy is planned to determine the identity of the remains and the cause and manner of death.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Controlled prairie burns have been scheduled this month for Ryerson's Woods and Wetherby Park in Iowa City.
Officials say park users should expect partial closures during the burns, scheduled to take place through the end of March.
Mood is bittersweet in Beaver Dam after successful controlled burn
BEAVER DAM — The recovery of some residents’ belongings just before the controlled burn that destroyed their apartment building here Thursday offered the first piece of good news since an explosion in one of the apartments on March 5 killed a man who was allegedly making bombs.
But it was hard to find anybody speaking in an optimistic tone.
Bomb technicians collect valuables for displaced tenants
BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Bomb technicians from the FBI conducting a final sweep of the apartment building where a fatal explosion occurred last week were able to retrieve some important items for tenants who were not allowed to collect personal belongings.
Fire Crews Have to Burn Building After Explosion
BEAVER DAM — Village Glen apartment Building No. 109 in Beaver Dam will burn to the ground on Thursday following a deadly explosion Monday, March 5.
The controlled burn, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed to Thursday due to high winds on Wednesday that the National Weather Service predicted would not be favorable for a safe operation.
BEAVER DAM — Residents of an apartment complex that was the site of a fatal explosion last week will only be able to watch Wednesday as the building and their belongings are destroyed by fire.
Some 20 area fire departments will be on hand to assist with the controlled burn of the building, where an explosion March 5 blew out the windows of an apartment at 109 Knaup Drive, killing the occupant and led to evacuation of nearby apartment buildings.
Residents of an apartment complex rocked by an explosion last week will evacuate once again on Wednesday as the Beaver Dam Fire Department conducts a controlled burn on the building where the blast killed one man in his residence.
BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Officials plan to burn down the rest of a Beaver Dam apartment building where an explosion killed a man last week.
Mayor Rebecca Glewen says the controlled burn is scheduled Wednesday.
Glewen says some surrounding apartment complexes will be evacuated prior to the burn, and nearby roads will be closed. She says heat from the controlled burn will "render the situation finally safe."
20 planned burns set for Hoosier National Forest
BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — Hoosier National Forest officials are preparing about 20 planned fires in the southern Indiana woodlands over the coming weeks.
Forest officials say the controlled burns are set for areas in Brown, Crawford, Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Martin and Perry counties covering some 4,600 acres in all. The fires are intended to improve wildlife habitat or restore woodlands.
Pine trees were set fire as part of a controlled burn Thursday that was called into the Free Soil Fire Department.
Dispatch indicated that the caller could not tell how big the fire was at the time or where it was coming from before it was found to be a controlled burn.
(BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LA) - If you see smoke in the air over the next couple of days, there may be a good reason way.
The 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron will be conducting controlled burns on Barksdale Air Force Base’s East Reservation beginning Monday, Jan 29 and lasting until Wednesday.
The burns reduce the risk of a wildfire by removing the underbrush that can cause a potential wildfire to spread quickly.