U.S. Forest Service


Mon June 30, 2014

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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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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Wed May 28, 2014

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


Mon May 26, 2014

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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Mon May 12, 2014

Expecting A Normal Wildfire Season, Hickenlooper Signs Wildfire Legislation

Governor John Hickenlooper briefs reporters following a 2014 wildfire update.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

As snow fell in Colorado Monday, Governor John Hickenlooper spoke about the state's 2014 wildfire outlook and signed three wildfire focused bills into law. While Northern Colorado has seen ample moisture, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control said the state should still expect to see an average to normal fire season.

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