U.S. Forest Service


Sun July 7, 2013

Despite Hefty Payouts, Fire Insurance Costs Hold Steady

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 12:46 pm

Firefighter Brandie Smith walks by the remains of a structure destroyed in the Black Forest wildfire north of Colorado Springs last month. More than 500 homes have been lost to wildfire in the state this year.
Ed Andrieski AP

Wildfires have already destroyed hundreds of homes in the American West this year. The insurance industry is once again poised to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to cover those losses, as it already has for homeowners who lost their houses during last year's fire season.

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Thu June 20, 2013


Tue May 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Summer-Like Conditions Are Fueling California Wildfire

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 10:53 am

As they battle the White Fire north of Santa Barbara that has covered more than 1,000 acres in less than a day, firefighters are contending with strong winds, low humidity, high temperatures and other dangerous conditions "like they'd normally see in August and September," our colleagues at Southern California Public Radio report.

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Fri May 17, 2013

New Protest Could Delay Next-Gen Firefighting Air Tankers

A DC-10 turbine air tanker owned by 10 Tanker Aerial Firefighting.
10 Tanker Air Carrier www.10tanker.com/photos/

The U.S. Forest Service announced May 6 contracts had been awarded for seven new next generation firefighting air tankers. Now there’s another hang-up.

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Fri May 17, 2013

Slow Start To Fire Season Keeps Focus On High Park Fire Restoration

U.S. Forest Service workers survey aerial mulching operations in the High Park Fire burn zone.
Nathan Heffel KUNC
  • KUNC's Nathan Heffel reports on All Things Considered.