U.S. Forest Service

2:59am

Tue August 26, 2014
Around the Nation

Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

A DC-10 firefighting aircraft drops fire retardant in northern California in 2008. As the Forest Service expands and modernizes its fleet of air tankers, it has recently added several DC-10s.
David McNew Getty Images

In the battle against wildfires, the Forest Service often draws on a fleet of air tankers — planes that drop fire retardant from the sky.

But the fleet shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, and by 2012, the Forest Service was woefully low on planes. Now, the agency is quickly increasing the number of planes at its disposal — and modernizing the fleet in the process by adding bigger, faster and more efficient planes.

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5:38am

Mon June 30, 2014
Wildfires

Dad Of Fallen Arizona Hotshot Hopes To Make Better Fire Shelters

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

This aerial photo shows Yarnell, Ariz., days after a fire claimed the lives of 19 members of an elite firefighting crew.
Tom Tingle AP

Firefighter Travis Turbyfill was killed one year ago by a wildfire after he and fellow members of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots deployed to a fire shelter in an Arizona box canyon. A fierce wind blew the Yarnell Hill Fire over the crew, killing 19.

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5:30am

Thu June 26, 2014
An Energy Travelogue

In Eastern National Forests, Split Estate Means Less Control

Sign outside the headquarters of the Allegheny National Forest, a public forest that owns very little of its own mineral rights.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

This week, I'm traveling with a group of journalists through parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio -- a region called the Marcellus Shale -- to learn about shale gas and hydraulic fracturing.

Early on in the trip, as driving rain pounded the roof of a conference room at the headquarters of Allegheny National Forest, we started learning about the concept of split estate.

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3:37pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Environment

PHOTOS: Bigger Than Expected Damage Near Red Feather Lakes

Picture taken on May 23, 2014 of downed trees at Bellaire campground and day-use area in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests near Red Feather Lakes.
Reghan Cloudman USFS

5:00am

Mon May 26, 2014
Environment

USFS Advances Forest Thinning Due To Beetles, Disease

Credit Colorado State Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service is accelerating mitigation work on nearly 10 million acres of national forest lands in Colorado that are at higher risk of wildfires due to beetle infestation and disease.

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