U.S. Forest Service

7:42am

Mon August 19, 2013
Wildfires

In West’s Expanding Tinderbox, Questions About Development

Flames remain after the Black Forest Fire destroys a home June 12. The fire destroyed 509 homes, surpassing the Waldo Canyon Fire at 342 homes, as the most destructive fire in Colorado history.
Sgt. William Smith Fort Carson PAO - Creative Commons

11:28am

Thu August 15, 2013
Wildfires

2013 Wildfire Season Proving To Be More Mild Than Wild

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 1:31 pm

Firefighters battle a wildfire earlier this month in Cabazon, Calif.
Jae C. Hong AP

With 15,000 firefighters deployed and three dozen major wildfires currently burning in five Western states, this would seem to be a wildfire season for the record books. And in one tragic aspect, it is. But by most measures, 2013 is the second-mildest fire season in the past decade ... so far.

Here's the season to date, by the numbers (provided by the National Interagency Fire Center) and with some historic statistics for comparison.

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4:16pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Animals

Nevada Wildfire Could Snuff Out A Rare Butterfly

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 5:10 pm

The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is a rare species found only in a few small areas high up in Nevada's Spring Mountains.
Corey Kallstrom USFWS

A big wildfire in a mountain range just west of Las Vegas has put at risk the Mount Charleston blue butterfly, a rare species found in the U.S.

The fire is dying down, but it may be weeks before experts can get to the remarkable area where this butterfly lives to see if it made it through.

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3:28pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Environment

Wildfires Will Worsen, And Further Strain The Forest Service

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 9:13 pm

An aircraft lays down a line of fire retardant between a wildfire and homes in the dry, densely wooded Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 13.
John Wark AP

The deaths of 19 firefighters near Yarnell, Ariz., this summer have focused a lot of attention on just how bad wildfire has become in the West. And research predicts the situation is going to get worse.

Over the past decade, the region has seen some of the worst fire seasons on record. In addition to lives lost, the fires have cost billions in terms of lost property and in taxpayer money spent fighting the blazes.

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9:00am

Sat July 13, 2013
Science

Forest Service Hits Home Run To Prevent Shattered Bats

A screen capture of a YouTube montage showing broken MLB bats
YouTube: http://youtu.be/XEHVgy8iakY

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