SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a bid to reduce wildfire risk, the House has advanced a bill making it easier for residents to burn brush and wood debris on their property.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials with the National Park Service say a prescribed burn is scheduled for a portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park beginning this weekend.
MOBILE, Alabama (AP) — Crews worked Friday to put out a wildfire in Alabama that started as a controlled burn.
The Alabama Forestry Commission said the fire began Thursday on 250 acres of...
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A controlled burn that became a wildfire in Colorado was the result of weather conditions that were underestimated by fire personnel, state officials said.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Eleven young people, mostly teenagers, who were hunting small animals died in a fire that swept through a sugarcane field in Venezuela, authorities said Friday....
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal agencies have filed opinions for national forests in New Mexico and Arizona and have asked a judge to dismiss the court's previous ruling on timber management...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts wildlife officials have carried out a record number of controlled burns in the state this year.
During 2019, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife...
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa...
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Northern Arizona University says a top forest restoration pioneer is retiring.
The university says Wally Covington will retire in January after 45 years there as a...
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters are working to contain a wildfire that began as a controlled burn and is now threatening about 50 homes in northern Colorado.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — National forest officials are proposing a timber harvest and controlled burns to reduce the risk of wildfires in Montana's Lolo National Forest.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Forest managers are planning to begin an expansive, yearslong controlled burn project on the Bridger-Teton National Forest this fall in western Wyoming.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Aug. 20 about an oil spill in Plaquemines Parish, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a firebreak would be dug around an area where a controlled burn would...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah and federal agencies plan to direct up to $20 million over the next four years toward protecting forests from wildfires.
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.
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, N.C. (AP) — Asheville is making plans for prescribed burns around an area reservoir to clear brush in hopes of preventing future wildfires.
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.
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 .
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.
WALLINGFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police have safely disposed of commercial explosives found in a home that was up for auction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A fire in southwestern Montana burned buildings, while firefighters east of Townsend battled a controlled burn that got out of control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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."