wildfires http://kuow.org en Federal Government Blazes Ahead On Comprehensive Fire Management Plan http://kuow.org/post/federal-government-blazes-ahead-comprehensive-fire-management-plan A new national <a href="http://tinyurl.com/k6u2lb2" title="wildland strategy">strategy</a> for preventing and fighting wildfires has been announced by the federal government in response to increasingly costly firefighting seasons in the West.<p>Rather than waiting to address wildfires until after they ignite, the new strategy emphasizes restoring forests and rangelands while stabilizing funding.<p>The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy was announced Wednesday by U.S. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:12:38 +0000 Devan Schwartz 32274 at http://kuow.org Federal Government Blazes Ahead On Comprehensive Fire Management Plan Long, Hot Winter Puts Western Fire Officials On Edge http://kuow.org/post/long-hot-winter-puts-western-fire-officials-edge The view from atop Conejo Mountain is postcard-worthy. It's 360 degrees of Southern California: mountains, coastline, cookie-cutter homes.<p>But if you look closer, the greens, blues and browns of Conejo are charred away, burnt a charcoal black.<p>Mike Lindbery, a captain with the Ventura County Fire Department, was here on this mountain last spring when a wildfire raced up the hillside on its way to torching more than 24,000 acres.<p>The "Springs fire" started on May 2. Lindbery says it was huge for that time of year in Southern California. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:05:00 +0000 Nathan Rott 30883 at http://kuow.org Long, Hot Winter Puts Western Fire Officials On Edge Obama Backs Northwest Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid http://kuow.org/post/obama-backs-northwest-senators-plan-fund-firefighting-disaster-aid <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/022414JR_WildfireFunding_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement.</span><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:40:49 +0000 Jessica Robinson 29389 at http://kuow.org Obama Backs Northwest Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid Fire Season Winding Down For Washington's Hotshots http://kuow.org/post/fire-season-winding-down-washingtons-hotshots <p>It's been a tough fire season for the elite group of firefighters known as hotshots; and not because of the fires.</p><p>Hotshots are used to the hard work. They work 14 days in a row, then get three days off, then repeat the cycle over and over again until winter finally puts the nation's fires to bed. They're deployed throughout the West, never knowing where they'll be sent until the last minute. They work with their hands, using chainsaws and shovels. Sometimes, they have to work through grief, as they did this summer when a fire near Phoenix, Arizona, swallowed 19 hotshots in one gulp. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:48:04 +0000 David Hyde 20311 at http://kuow.org Fire Season Winding Down For Washington's Hotshots California Weather Events Travel Through Idaho, Bringing Fire Risk http://kuow.org/post/california-weather-events-travel-through-idaho-bringing-fire-risk <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/082713JR_IdahoFires_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The same weather patterns that are making the Rim Fire a challenge for firefighters in California have been moving up through parts of the Northwest. Specifically, through central Idaho. Fire managers say the forests there are ripe for fire, and more lightning is in the forecast this week.<p>The fact that massive fires are raging both in California and in Idaho is no coincidence, according to Robyn Broyles. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:50:41 +0000 Jessica Robinson 19330 at http://kuow.org California Weather Events Travel Through Idaho, Bringing Fire Risk 'Fire Tracker': Online Tool To Monitor Blaze Near Yosemite http://kuow.org/post/fire-tracker-online-tool-monitor-blaze-near-yosemite Hundreds of firefighters are "digging trenches, clearing brush and starting back blazes to keep a wildfire raging north of <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm" target="_blank">Yosemite National Park</a> out of several mountain hamlets," The Associated Press writes Monday morning in its latest update on the huge "Rim Fire" that is threatening some of the power and water services to the city of San Francisco.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/25/215427103/wildfire-near-yosemite-spreads-threatens-ancient-trees" target="_blank">As Eyder wrote Sunday</a>, the flames are Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:43:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19187 at http://kuow.org 'Fire Tracker': Online Tool To Monitor Blaze Near Yosemite Scientists Look For Climate Change Clues In Wildfire Soot http://kuow.org/post/scientists-look-climate-change-clues-wildfire-soot <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/081513AK_Smokeplane_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>You may know that on a hot, sunny day it’s better to be sitting in a white car than a black one. White reflects sunlight, while black absorbs more of it.<p>The same concept applies to researchers trying to figure out what effect wildfires have on climate change. And part of the answer is whether the smoke particles are dark or reflective.<p>Outside of a white, paint-peeling hanger in Pasco, sits a glossy, small science plane. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:07:23 +0000 Anna King 18720 at http://kuow.org Scientists Look For Climate Change Clues In Wildfire Soot Burn Ban Issued Across Washington State http://kuow.org/post/burn-ban-issued-across-washington-state <p>The Department of Natural Resources issued an updated burn ban to include all lands protected by the DNR in Washington state. The ban will be in effect until September 30 and includes prescribed burns and campfires, even in developed campgrounds under state, local or private control. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:04:06 +0000 Kara McDermott 17716 at http://kuow.org Burn Ban Issued Across Washington State Forest Service, BLM Ban Exploding Targets In Northwest http://kuow.org/post/forest-service-blm-ban-exploding-targets-northwest <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/071113TB_Targets_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Federal land managers have banned the use of exploding targets on public lands in the Northwest. The concern is wildfires.<p>Fire investigators suspect exploding targets sparked at least half a dozen wildfires in Washington and Idaho over the past year. The chemical explosives <a href="http://www.tannerite.com/video/tannerite-demonstration/">give target shooters instant feedback</a> that they've hit their mark from long range.<p>The Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:23:18 +0000 Tom Banse 16585 at http://kuow.org Forest Service, BLM Ban Exploding Targets In Northwest How Wildfires Get Out Of Control http://kuow.org/post/how-wildfires-get-out-control <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Nineteen firefighters died fighting&nbsp;a wildfire in Arizona yesterday. The Arizona forestry department is still investigating how the crew died, but many suspect that the blaze was just too quick and unpredictable. Washington state has also lost firefighters to fast spreading wildfires in the past. In 2001, four firefighters died in the Thirty Mile Fire in the Okanogan National Forest. Ross Reynolds talks to Peter Goldmark, the Commissioner of Public Lands at the Department of Natural Resources, about how wildfires get out of control so quickly. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:28:15 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 15887 at http://kuow.org How Wildfires Get Out Of Control Fire Season Predicted To Be A Scorcher This Year http://kuow.org/post/fire-season-predicted-be-scorcher-year <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/050613AK_fire_web_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Several forest fires are already burning in Western Washington and crews are mopping up a big one in central Oregon. There were also two grass fires that burned near Middleton, Idaho just west of Boise, this past weekend.<p>Dry winds and above average temperatures predicted this summer and fall, have fire managers preparing for an earlier than usual season.<p>A high-pressure ridge since winter has dried the Northwest’s timberlands and big sage stands this spring. Tue, 07 May 2013 15:55:33 +0000 Anna King 12637 at http://kuow.org Fire Season Predicted To Be A Scorcher This Year Taylor Bridge Fire Likely Caused By DOT Contractors http://kuow.org/post/taylor-bridge-fire-likely-caused-dot-contractors A massive fire that burned 61 homes in Central Washington was likely caused by Department of Transportation contractors. That’s the upshot of a report issued Monday by Washington’s Department of Natural Resources.<p>The aptly named Taylor Bridge Fire started August 13 right after transportation contractors did some welding work on that bridge. It happened near the mountain town of Cle Elum.<p>The report says it appears state contractors were using equipment that might not have been allowed given the low humidity, high temperatures, wind speed and time of day. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:32:14 +0000 editor 5304 at http://kuow.org Taylor Bridge Fire Likely Caused By DOT Contractors Washington Governor Extends Burn Ban, Declares State of Emergency http://kuow.org/post/washington-governor-extends-burn-ban-declares-state-emergency <p>Dryer than normal conditions prompted Washington Governor Chris Gregoire to declare a state of emergency and extend a ban on outdoor fires. Outdoor burning is banned in all counties until October 15. The state is experiencing a rare stretch of dry weather.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:21:21 +0000 Patricia Murphy 1210 at http://kuow.org Washington Governor Extends Burn Ban, Declares State of Emergency