• Wildfires May 27, 2023 12:36 pm

    U.S. Judge Says Fire Retardant Pollutes Streams but Allows Use to Continue

    The U.S. government can keep using chemical retardant dropped from aircraft to fight wildfires, despite finding that the practice pollutes streams in western states in violation of federal law, a judge ruled Friday. Halting the use of the red slurry material could have resulted in greater environmental damage from wildfires, said U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula, Montana. The judge agreed with...

  • California July 23, 2022 5:24 am

    US Takes Emergency Action to Save Sequoias From Wildfires

    The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday it’s taking emergency action to save giant sequoias by speeding up projects that could start within weeks to clear underbrush to protect the world’s largest trees from the increasing threat of wildfires.

  • U.S. Forest Service May 20, 2022 6:28 pm

    US Forest Chief Calls for Pause of Prescribed Fires

    Federal officials are warning that expanding drought conditions coupled with hot and dry weather, extreme wind and unstable atmospheric conditions have led to explosive fire behavior in the southwestern U.S., where large fires continued their march across New Mexico on Friday.

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