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  • Flaming mice a factor in Frog Hollow fire near Walla Walla

    08/29/2016 7:14:34 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 24 replies
    Yakima Herald ^ | 8/29/16 | Sheila Hagar
    Flaming mice on the run. That’s fire Chief Larry Hector’s best guess at what happened Saturday evening as flames rekindled from the Frog Hollow fire that began earlier in the day. “Mice come out of the fire, on fire, and run into the unburned stuff. And start the fire all over again,” Hector explained. Hector heads Walla Walla County Fire District 6 out of Touchet and was incident commander for three separate fires that scorched about 300 acres of mostly alfalfa stubble in the Touchet area. The original fire was started by a combine, the second started under a power...
  • From California to Nevada, wildfires burn in seven Western states

    08/01/2016 10:11:16 PM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | Aug. 1, 2016 | CBS/AP
    Wildfires were burning Monday in seven Western U.S. states, from California's famed Big Sur region to tribal towns and hamlets near Reno, Nevada. Evacuations were ordered in Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming and firefighters were trying to stop a Washington blaze from reaching a thickly forested security zone at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
  • Deadly California wildfire expected to widen severely

    07/31/2016 6:11:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | 7/30/2016 | Michael Fiala
    CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. (Reuters) - A deadly blaze near California's Big Sur coast could widen to more than five times its current size and has destroyed some 60 homes, threatened hundreds of others and spurred mass evacuations, authorities said on Saturday. The so-called Soberanes Fire, which started on July 22 and is burning just south of the oceanside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, has roared through nearly 32,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral, grass and timber in the Los Padres National Forest. The blaze is estimated to have a final size of 170,000 acres (265 square miles), according to California Interagency Incident...
  • Martin Mars - Water Bombing Demo And Flybys - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

    07/30/2016 4:43:46 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    AirShowStuffVideos ^ | 7-25-16 | unattributed
    The "Hawaii Mars II", one of two remaining Martin Mars, performs flybys and drops 7,200 gallons of water for the crowd at the 2016 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI. This massive flying boat is the world's largest warbird, and an exceptionally rare sight. It was delivered to the US Navy in 1946 and later converted for civilian use as a fire fighting aircraft. During AirVenture, the Mars is flying off of Lake Winnebago just a couple miles east of Oshkosh.
  • Massive Wildfires Force Evacuations In at Least 3 States; New Mexico's Dog Head Fire Explodes

    06/17/2016 12:33:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Weather ^ | Jun 16 2016 | Eric Chaney
    Massive Wildfires Force Evacuations In at Least 3 States; New Mexico's Dog Head Fire Explodes to 12,000Major wildfires burning across the West have consumed tens of thousands of acres and forced evacuations in at least three states. In New Mexico, one particular wildfire exploded in size on Thursday. Dry conditions are hampering firefighting efforts in a region that is expected to see dangerous and potentially deadly heat over the weekend and into early next week. "Humidity values less than 15 percent and dew points as low as the single digits will be present and persistent across a large portion of...
  • Thousands flee huge wildfire..that's home to stars including Kim, Kanye and Kylie Jenner [tr]

    06/05/2016 5:02:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 5, 2016 | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    Celebrities could be forced to leave the sanctuary of their estates as a roaring wildfire tears through southern California. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West left their Calabasas home on Friday just before a third-alarm brush fire sparked up on Saturday in the area, causing a mandatory evacuation. As that fire started three others broke out in southern California, NBC 4 reported, burning 200 acres of land and threatening 3,000 homes.
  • National Forest Service Plans to Let Blazes Burn Amid Predictions of Fiery Summer

    05/23/2016 1:12:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/23 | Noreen O'Donnell
    Change comes as state readies for a potentially dangerous fire season. "We’ve got to change course in the way we manage fire," professor saysIn the 40 years since fires sparked by lightning have been allowed to burn unabated in a section of Yosemite National Park, ecologist Scott Stephens has watched extensive conifer forests grow back as a patchwork of not just trees, but also meadows with wetland plants. Places in the Illilouette Creek Basin that were typically dry are now covered with four inches of water, said Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California at...
  • At Least 1,600 Structures Destroyed By Wildfire in Fort McMurray, Canada; 88,000 Evacuated

    05/04/2016 3:22:14 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    Weather.com ^ | May 4 2016
    A wildfire has invaded Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, forcing the entire city to be evacuated Tuesday as the large blaze engulfed homes and businesses. Some 88,000 people were forced to leave Tuesday evening as the fire quickly spread, putting homes, schools, businesses and lives in danger, according to the Globe and Mail. Local officials said Wednesday morning that 80 percent of the homes in Beacon Hill have been lost, and the most recent census said the neighborhood is home to 2,200 residents living in more than 700 dwellings. At a Wednesday morning briefing, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the...
  • Raging wildfire bears down on Canadian city as 88,000 flee

    05/04/2016 1:47:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of all 88,000 residents of the western Canadian city of Fort McMurray and burned down 1,600 structures has the potential to destroy much of the town, authorities said on Wednesday. Fort McMurray had been largely emptied of its residents by Wednesday afternoon, officials said, despite fuel shortages, snarled traffic and a highway closed by the flames in the northeastern part of the province of Alberta, the heart of Canada's oil sands region. So far there are no reports of fatalities, but crews had been unable to stop the wildfire, which has charred...
  • Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control after city evacuated

    05/04/2016 9:03:37 AM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 17 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 3, 2016 | CBC News
    A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroyed an entire neighbourhood and burned homes and businesses in several others Tuesday, and continues to rage out of control. By late afternoon, the entire city of 60,000 had been ordered evacuated. Residents by the thousands fled the fire and for hours caused gridlock on Highway 63, even overwhelming oilsands work camps, where beds and meals were offered. Police were patrolling the highway with cans of gas, after fuel supplies ran out in Fort McMurray, Wandering River and Grasslands.
  • Fort McMurray: Canada wildfires force evacuation of oil sands city

    05/04/2016 8:45:24 AM PDT · by fella · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4 May 2016 | Nicky Woolf
    All of Fort McMurray, with the exception of Parson’s Creek, was under a mandatory evacuation order on Tuesday, said Robin Smith, press secretary for the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo in the Canadian province. More than 80,000 residents were being directed to evacuation centres outside Fort McMurray, but journeys were made difficult as the main road out of the city – Highway 63 – was licked by flames.
  • Can California Be Saved?

    10/22/2015 5:46:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Crime is back up in California. Los Angeles reported a 20.6 percent increase in violent crimes over the first half of 2015 and nearly an 11 percent increase in property crimes.</p> <p>Last year, cash-strapped California taxpayers voted for Proposition 47, which so far has let thousands of convicted criminals go free from prison and back onto the streets. Now the state may have to relearn what lawbreakers often do when let out of jail early.</p>
  • Bureau of Land Management set to close 600 miles of Colorado roads

    09/29/2015 9:46:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 96 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 25, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Despite a long process involving collaboration between local officials the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Western Colorado, the federal land agency is proceeding with the closure of roads that have been traveled for 50 or more years. The road closures comprise a portion of the BLM’s Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Mesa County, of which, 73 percent is controlled by the federal government . ... public roads, used by off-roaders, hunters, farmers, ranchers and, during wildfire season, firefighting crews. ... Jody Green, a member of Public Lands Access Association and long-time activist working to preserve access into federally-managed lands,...
  • Northern California wildfires wipe out more than 180 homes

    09/13/2015 6:51:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 13, 2015 | Ellen Knickmeyer & Olga R. Rodriguez-AP
    MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — Two of California’s fastest-burning wildfires in decades overtook several Northern California towns, destroying more than 180 homes and sending residents fleeing Sunday on highways lined with buildings, guardrails and cars still in flames. At least 100 homes were destroyed by a wildfire north of San Francisco in Lake County that raced through dry brush and exploded in size within hours, officials said. The devastation comes after a separate wildfire to the southeast destroyed at least 81 homes. Residents fled from Middletown, dodging smoldering telephone poles, downed power lines and fallen trees as they drove through billowing smoke....
  • Hundreds of homes destroyed in 50,000-acre Valley Fire [CA]

    09/13/2015 5:27:09 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 202 replies
    KCRA ^ | 3:38 PM PDT Sep 13, 2015
    <p>Local twitter reports and Live/recent video showing many structures burnt or burning..</p>
  • Fire Map of the US. From a Satellite,

    09/05/2015 5:30:26 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    MappingSupport ^ | 09/05/2105 | vanity
    The link shows a satellite view of the fires over the US. You can zoom in to view your locall areas. Depending on usage, it can be slow to load. This was used alot for the Washington Fires.
  • Ring of Fire

    08/24/2015 3:49:30 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/24/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Stupefying that we and our fellow western nations have instilled elected and appointed officials with a will to forego their own freedom in an effort to be "fair" The West is burning in more ways than one Stationed in eastern Oregon, we are circled by wildfires to the point that the few access roads teeter on the edge of closure, smoke haze hangs low in the sky and floating ash stings eyes and hampers breath. Despite the poetic license above, geographically speaking, the description isn’t overblown. Hundreds of fires are blazing in California, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, where this little...
  • Blame for Oregon Forest Fires Falls on Feds, Says Logging Industry

    08/23/2015 4:56:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    GoLocalPDX ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Brendan Murray
    Oregon is in the midst of its third consecutive summer of severe forest fires, and industry professionals say logging limits on federal land are largely to blame. The fires have already made their costs felt, as the Oregon Department of Forestry has already spent an estimated $25 million to date on this year’s blazes. This comes on the heels of two consecutive severe seasons in 2013 and 2014, the former of which was the most destructive wildfire season in the state’s history.
  • Firefighters Save Donkey From Wildfire And Now He Won't Leave Their Side

    08/22/2015 1:41:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Distractify ^ | 14 August 2015
    When firefighters battling a 7,000 acre wildfire in Arizona spotted a donkey emerging from the flames, they cooled off his singed body with their hose. Now, they can't get rid of him. It was unknown whether the donkey was tame or wild, but after the rescue, she followed her heroes around all day — refusing to leave their side. Thankfully, after being pried away from his new friends, George the donkey was reunited with his owners.
  • Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    07/22/2014 8:14:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:05 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change. Obama, speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday, offered federal help to deal with Washington’s wildfire, the largest in the state’s history. …
  • TRICKY TRICKY! Look what President Obama is sticking in his 3.7Billion request! (pretty shrewd!)

    07/08/2014 10:14:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies
    Gretawire ^ | July 8, 2014 | Greta Van Susteren
    I was reading about President Obama’s request for 3.7Billion to address some of the problems at the border and noted this: “….As part of the emergency spending request, about $625 million would go to fight wildfires in Western states. CLICK HERE Why put wildfires in this? What does this have to do with immigration? So that no Republican Senator or Member of the House can complain about the 3.7Billion. If he or she does, you can be sure the political ad come November will be “….voted AGAINST funds to help fight wildfires here at home…” These should be two separate...
  • Firewise Landscaping

    06/06/2014 5:31:47 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 9 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | June 4, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    With the severe drought that has been blanketing most of the country, and the wildfires ravaging Colorado this summer, now is the time to take steps to prepare for the unexpected...
  • Live video: New fires burn in Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton, Long Beach, Anaheim (Breaking)

    05/14/2014 2:38:28 PM PDT · by blueplum · 90 replies
    89.3 KPCC Radio ^ | May 14, 2014 11:51am PDT | KPCC Staff
    A number of fires are burning throughout Southern California as the area faces high temperatures and winds. Here's a rundown: Fires: Carlsbad/Poinsettia Fire Camp Pendleton/Tomahawk Fire Anaheim fire Ventura/Briggs Fire Long Beach fire Bernardo Fire Miguelito Fire snip Camp Pendleton: A brush fire burning at Camp Pendleton has lead to an evacuation order for Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton's De Luz housing, according to the Camp Pendleton Scout. It has been named the Tomahawk Fire. Officials say the fire has spread to more than 100 acres, the Associated Press reports. snip Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School on the...
  • 1,000 evacuate as wildfire razes Oklahoma homes

    05/05/2014 8:17:06 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5 May 2014 | CNS News Via AP
    UTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters worked through the night and into early Monday to battle a large wildfire that destroyed at least six homes and left one person dead after a controlled burn spread out of control in central Oklahoma.
  • Salvage of Burned Timber in Full Swing on Private Lands ( Oregon )

    01/06/2014 7:54:33 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    The News-Review ^ | 1/6/14 | Chuck Benson
    Salvage logging on lands burned by last summer's Douglas Complex wildfire in southwestern Oregon is in full swing on privately owned forests, but not on public lands. ... On BLM lands, federal environmental laws require a lengthy planning process that includes the public. The Douglas Complex fires burned through 76 square miles on a patchwork of public and private lands.
  • Economic Warfare: Jihad by forest fire

    09/23/2013 6:11:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 23, 2013 | Bob Taylor
    Not long after Al Qaeda published a story in its online magazine, Inspire, about how to make pressure cooker bombs, the Boston Marathon became a victim of those devices. Since that time America’s hopscotch media with its 24/7-be-the-first-to-report-a-story mentality has covered riots in Egypt, red lines in Syria, Paula Dean’s racism, Oprah Winfrey’s Switzerland trip, defunding Obamacare, shutting down the government for the 100th time and endless hours debating the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident. Meanwhile, ever-vigilant global jihadists have been creating new and better ways of economic terrorism which may be less visible than flying planes into buildings or attacking...
  • Are terrorists setting U.S. wildfires? Ex-NSA official: Al-Qaida ignited California blazes

    09/11/2013 8:11:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/11/13 | Joe Kovacs
    As the 2013 season of devastating wildfires continues to rage across the American West, the question of arson as a form of major terrorism is again being raised. Already this year, 35,440 reported fires have burned a total of 3.9 million acres, with a quarter-million acres scorched the iconic Yosemite National Park. Large blazes continue to burn in several states, with six alive in Idaho, five each in California and Montana, and one each in Alaska, Louisiana, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, says at this time last year, 45,278 fires had burned 7.9...
  • Retro Report: Summer of Fire (video)

    09/04/2013 2:54:15 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Retro Report ^ | Sep 2, 2013
    The lessons learned from the summer of 1988 when fires burned nearly one third of Yellowstone National Park continue to shape the way we fight wildfires raging across the West today. “Part of our national heritage is under threat and on fire tonight.” That was how CBS’s Dan Rather described the fires raging through Yellowstone National Park in 1988 but it was only part of the story. The continuing narrative that summer was that park officials had negligently let the fires burn out of control and destroyed the legendary national park, which had supplied generations of visitors with fond memories...
  • Yosemite Blaze Sparked By Pot Growers

    09/01/2013 5:30:20 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 15 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/01/13 | Friends of Ours
    The "massive forest fire that has scorched 348 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park may have been sparked by illegal marijuana growers" as reported by Fox News. As the Mexican cartels face increasing obstacles in moving their product over the border, they are setting up marijuana grow operations on remote public lands across the United States. For example, during the 2010 growing season busted nearly 100 people -- most Mexican nationals with suspected ties to the drug cartels -- for alleged marijuana grow operations on public land in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, and seized $1.7...
  • CA Air National Guard Aerial Firefighting video

    08/25/2013 8:21:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Calfire blogspot ^ | Aug 22, 2013
    MUST SEE MAFFS 6 146 AW CHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD ON THE #RIMFIRE AUGUST 22 6 P.M. HI-DEF VIDEO WATCH FULL SCREEN MUST SEE MAFFS 6 ON THE #RIMFIRE 22 Aug 13 1750 Video Description: MAFFS 6 146AW Channel Islands Air National Guard working the #RimFire for US Forest Service and CAL FIRE View Full Screen
  • Radical Environmentalists Have Blood of 19 Arizona Firefighters on Their Hands

    08/05/2013 6:31:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Nineteen firefighters died fighting a forest fire in Arizona earlier this summer. Curiously, almost no one is talking about why it happened, only that it was a tragedy. Arizona Deputy State Forestry Director Jerry Payne has been the only one to speak out about the cause, and he backtracked immediately afterwards, apologizing for what he said. He claimed that the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots violated wildlife safety protocols while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013, 60 miles north of Phoenix. According to Payne, the superintendent’s violations allegedly included not knowing the location of the fire,...
  • Prayers for Southern Oregon Residents Threatened by Fires

    07/30/2013 11:47:37 AM PDT · by Portcall24 · 10 replies
    Vanity
    My dear childhood community of Glendale Oregon and the entire surrounding area is threatened by numerous forest fires. 150 strikes from lightening Friday night started the mess. There's 1500 fire fighters living in tents on the high school grounds and the town only has a few hundred residents. Here's a link http://www.swofire.com/ Prayers would be greatly appreciated all around for not only the residents but for the amazing folks involved with fighting the fires.
  • The Cause of the Wildfires Is...A Forest Jihad?

    07/11/2013 4:15:12 PM PDT · by Common Constitutionalist · 12 replies
    The Common Constitutionalist ^ | July 11,2013 | the Common Constitutionalist
    Wildfires have raged across the Southwest. Environmentalists insist it is the fault of global warming. Oops, climate change. They of course claim that hot and dry conditions can only be attributed to man-made warming. Our beloved president naturally had to weigh in. On June 25 he stated his conviction that climate change is to blame. Never let a good crisis go to waste, eh Mr. President? He said: "Many Americans who already feel the effects of climate change don't have time to deny it." It's funny how often Obama insists we have no more time. He can't wait for others...
  • Jihadist Group: We Started Arizona Wildfires

    07/05/2013 11:20:37 AM PDT · by South40 · 58 replies
    FreedomOutpost ^ | 7/4/2013 | Tim Brown
    Oh the many facets of jihad! Now we’re seeing fire jihad in America. According to reporter David Barnett, a Palestinian jihadist group, Masada al Mujahideen, has recently claimed credit for the ongoing wildfires in Arizona in a statement that was posted to a jihadist forum on Wednesday. Barnett reports: The statement, titled “Masada al-Mujahideen Fulfilled its Promise and Attacked America Again After the Expiration of the Period with Fires that Achieved Historic Results,” was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. “We had previously announced an unconventional war against the occupation state of Israel, and then we escalated this...
  • 19 Firefighters Working Yarnell Hill Fire Confirmed Dead (Arizona) (Update: 19 dead)

    06/30/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 220 replies
    KSAZ-TV ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Jessica Flores
    Prescott Fire Department confirmed 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night. They're part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots. The wildfire was likely caused by a lightning strike Saturday night. The Yarnell Hill fire, about 35 miles southwest of Prescott, has burned about 1,300 acres and forced the evacuation of 50 homes. The fire started Friday and has not yet burned down any structures, but Sunday night firefighters pushed the blaze back away from communities, hoping to keep the blaze from overtaking any homes. A growing fire in Yarnell forced about 600 residents...
  • Rare white buffalo born after Colorado wildfire in Royal Gorge

    06/18/2013 10:29:57 AM PDT · by Sopater · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2013
    A rare white buffalo calf was born Saturday inside Royal Gore Park, which has just seen wildfires destroy 3,218 acres and 52 commercial structures. The calf was named Smokey and was seen by some as a positive sign, KDVR.com reported.
  • Expert warns terrorists may be setting wildfires across American West

    06/17/2013 5:54:01 AM PDT · by Innovative · 108 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 16, 2013 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld of the New York-based American Center for Democracy's Economic Warfare Institute warns that last July "al-Qaeda's English-language online magazine, Inspire, published an article called 'It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb,' which featured instructions on how to build an incendiary bomb to light forests on fire. "A few months later, Russia's security (FSB) chief, Aleksandr Bortnikov warned, 'al-Qaeda was complicit in recent forest fires in Europe' as part of the terrorists' 'strategy of a thousand cuts.' Bortnikov spoke of 'extremist sites [that] contained detailed instructions of waging the forest jihad and stressed that such a...
  • Federal investigators called in as Colorado firefighters make progress

    06/17/2013 5:44:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | June 17, 2013 | Ed Payne and George Howell
    As hundreds of firefighters began to get the upper hand on a huge blaze near Colorado Springs, Colorado, investigators stepped up their probe into the cause of the most destructive wildfire in the state's history. The 16,000-acre Black Forest Fire, which was 65% contained Sunday, is now considered a crime scene, according to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa... No explanation was given for the crime scene designation.
  • Black Forest Fire: I-25 impacted by more evacuations; 360 homes & 15,000 acres burned

    06/13/2013 3:14:33 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 43 replies
    7 News the Denver Channel ^ | 06/13/13 | unknown
    EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Colorado's most destructive fire continues to roar through the heavily wooded neighborhoods in Black Forest, and is heading toward the city of Colorado Springs, prompting officials yet again to expand the mandatory evacuation zone Thursday afternoon, now to include parts of the city of Colorado Springs. The newest evacuations impact 1,020 homes and 3,000 people. Officials say University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will open as a shelter for evacuees within the hour. The Colorado State Patrol also said at 2:30 p.m. that through traffic on northbound and southbound Interstate 25 from Interquest Parkway to...
  • 2 found dead in area burned by Colo. wildfire

    06/13/2013 5:47:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2013 | AP
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Remains of two people have been found in an area burned by a wildfire that has destroyed at least 360 houses northeast of Colorado Springs. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said one person who was reported missing Wednesday was found safe, but crews on Thursday found the remains of another person reported missing. About an hour later they found the remains of a second person, he said.
  • National Guard choppers to join battle against wildfire in Pigeon Forge (TN)

    03/18/2013 7:20:45 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | March 18, 2013 | News Sentinel staff
    <p>Up to 30 fire departments from East Tennessee this morning are battling flames that have consumed 35 cabins and 135 acres in Sevier County, a spokesman said.</p> <p>Two Black Hawk helicopters from the Tennessee Air National Guard stationed at McGhee Tyson Airport left at 7 a.m. to begin an aerial survey of the carnage, Perrin Anderson, spokesman for Sevier County, said this morning. After surveying the situation, the choppers will then will contribute their own unique aid.</p>
  • NM legislation to take federal lands

    02/02/2013 5:35:33 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Ruidoso News ^ | 01/31/2013 | Jim Kalvelage
    Legislation that would move the ownership and management of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in New Mexico to the state has been introduced at the Roundhouse. The Transfer of Public Lands Act is sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, and Sen. Richard C. Martinez, D-Espanola... Herrell said New Mexico has a rich history of farming, ranching, hunting, fishing and oil drilling. "In our past we have also had a thriving timber industry that is unfortunately near nonexistent ... ... A healthy timber industry, managed responsibly by New Mexicans, would not only help our economy by creating...
  • Firewise Landscaping

    07/20/2012 9:06:21 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 3 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | July 20, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    With the severe drought and heat wave that has been blanketing most of the country, and the wildfires ravaging Colorado this summer, now is the time to take steps to prepare for the unexpected. The use of "Firewise" landscaping in the area surrounding your home and property can serve as a fire break...
  • Al Qaeda ‘Fire Bomb’ Fails Cal Fire’s Test

    07/18/2012 7:42:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBS) ^ | July 17, 2012 11:54 PM
    Al Qaeda is reportedly exploring a new way to attack the U.S., encouraging terrorists to make homemade “fire bombs” to start massive wildfires in California and the western U.S. Al Qaeda magazine gave step-by-step instructions on how to build and use an “ember bomb,” which sends flaming embers out into the dry fields. Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson said that’s when CAL FIRE jumped into action. “The magazine had very specific outlines and drawings and details on how to create that ‘fire bomb,’ so we felt it was in our interest to go ahead and put that together and determine what...
  • Clinton-era Environmental Rules Increased Wildfire Risks in Colorado

    07/12/2012 4:11:45 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | 7/11/2012 | Aaron Gardner
    Environmental regulations restricting the construction of forest access roads have limited the ability of the Forest Service to clear combustible brush and trees, adding dangerous fuel to the wildfires that have ravaged Colorado this summer. The so-called “roadless rule,” which was first implemented in 2001 by President Clinton shortly before he left office, restricts and in many cases prohibits local and federal officials from building and maintaining roads that allow firefighters to clear out growth that could instantly become tinder for a new fire. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, regularly referred to as the 2001 roadless rule, was adopted in...
  • Are Shooters To Blame for Western Wildfires? No. The environmentalists are.

    07/05/2012 10:08:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 5, 2012 | Bob Owens
    Shooters have been blamed for starting a number of fires recently in tinder-dry western states, where conflagrations have erupted near shooting ranges. One, Arizona’s Sunflower Fire, has been positively traced to irresponsible members of a bachelor party who fired an incendiary shotgun shell into the underbrush: The Sunflower Fire — which has burned nearly 18,000 acres of the Tonto National Forest and is not fully contained — began in mid-May after five Arizona men gathered to celebrate the upcoming May 19 nuptials of Bryan Reeder. The group — all in their mid-20s — traveled from Mesa to the Sycamore Creek...
  • Giant Wildfire Started During Bachelor Party (caused huge forest blaze with shotgun blast)

    07/02/2012 11:24:05 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    thesmokinggun.com ^ | July 2, 2012
    JULY 2---The largest wildfire burning in Arizona was started during a bachelor party when one shotgun-toting celebrant fired a shell that promises to shoot “100 feet of fire, setting everything in its path ablaze,” The Smoking Gun has learned. The Sunflower Fire--which has burned nearly 18,000 acres of the Tonto National Forest and is not fully contained--began in mid-May after five Arizona men gathered to celebrate the upcoming May 19 nuptials of Bryan Reeder. The group--all in their mid-20s--traveled from Mesa to the Sycamore Creek area for a weekend “campout and bachelor party,” according to court records. On Saturday, May...
  • Democrats’ New Motto: Never Let a Wildfire Go to Waste

    06/29/2012 5:01:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | June 29,2012 | Michelle Malkin
    know, this is also personal. My family and I are approaching a full week as Waldo Canyon Fire evacuees. Did you know that President Obama has been incommunicado with Colorado’s governor for more than two weeks as the nation’s worst wildfires rage across the state? Maybe he thought we were all “doing fine.” After an embarrassing Beltway press briefing revelation about our out-of-touch White House, the administration finally decided to divert the campaigner in chief from his nationwide fundraising frenzy for a quick look-see at our devastated city on Friday. It’s “leadership from behind” you can count on. While he...
  • Democrats' New Motto: Never Let a Wildfire Go to Waste

    06/29/2012 5:01:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Did you know that President Obama has been incommunicado with Colorado's governor for more than two weeks as the nation's worst wildfires rage across the state? Maybe he thought we were all "doing fine." After an embarrassing Beltway press briefing revelation about our out-of-touch White House, the administration finally decided to divert the campaigner in chief from his nationwide fundraising frenzy for a quick look-see at our devastated city on Friday. It's "leadership from behind" you can count on. On Wednesday, press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that Obama hadn't talked to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper...
  • President Obama to tour Waldo Canyon Fire Friday

    06/27/2012 1:58:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    fox 31 Denver ^ | June 27, 2012 | Eli Stokols
    Barack Obama will fly to Colorado Springs Friday to tour the scene of the Waldo Canyon Fire, which continues to ravage homes and forest on the edge of Colorado’s second most populous city. ... Politically, the fire offers Obama a chance to be on the ground in a key swing state assuming the responsibilities of actually being President. Further, with the Supreme Court set to issue its ruling on the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, traveling to the fire lines on Friday offers the President an opportunity to attempt to turn the page should the Court rule part or all...