U.S. Forest Service


Wed October 16, 2013

Fuel In The Fire: Burn Wood For Power Or Leave It To Nature

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 10:59 am

At more than 400 square miles, the Rim Fire is the largest Sierra Nevada fire in recorded history.
Mike McMillan US Forest Service

The record-breaking wildfire in Yosemite National Park is almost fully contained, two months after it started. The blaze calls attention to a problem across the western U.S.: After a century of having its fires routinely extinguished, the forests are overloaded with fuel.

A heated debate has flared up about what to do with that forest fuel. California is hoping to reduce its fire risk through renewable energy, but some worry about the environmental costs of thinning the forests.

'It Was Torched'

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Tue October 1, 2013

The Shutdown's Squeeze On Science And Health

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This image was posted by NASA to the agency's official Instagram account.
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Sat September 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Rim Fire Is Third-Largest Wildfire In California's History

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 11:00 am

A charred tree rests on the forest floor after being sawn down to a stump Friday. Firefighters are still working to contain the Rim Fire, which is now the third-largest wildfire in California's history.
Mike McMillan U.S. Forest Service

The Rim wildfire that began three weeks ago today is now 80 percent contained, officials say, but it has burned more than a quarter of a million acres, and it may continue to grow, thanks to low humidity and other conditions.

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Thu August 29, 2013

Military C-130 MAFFS Remain Over Western Wildfires

A MAFFS equipped C-130 over the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012
Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher The National Guard

Air Force C-130’s equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System will continue to fight western wildfires. To date, they have dropped over 1.2 million gallons of fire retardant according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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Wed August 21, 2013

Helicopter Logging To Mitigate Fire Danger Near Minturn

Helicopter logging on the Summit Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest in 2009.
Credit U.S.F.S. / Flickr