forest fires http://kuow.org en 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 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 Burn Ban Relaxed In Western Washington http://kuow.org/post/burn-ban-relaxed-western-washington <p>A burn ban issued by the Department of Natural Resources in late July <a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/2013_08_15_burn_ban_nr.aspx">has been&nbsp;partially lifted&nbsp;in Western Washington.</a> Recreational fires in approved fire pits on DNR protected lands —&nbsp;such as&nbsp;state, county, municipal or other campgrounds — are now allowed west of the Cascades. Other outdoor burning is still banned in Western Washington. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:37:59 +0000 Kara McDermott 18717 at http://kuow.org Burn Ban Relaxed In Western Washington 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 How Will Federal Budget Cuts Affect Forest Firefighting In Washington State This Season? http://kuow.org/post/how-will-federal-budget-cuts-affect-forest-firefighting-washington-state-season <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>State officials are predicting another challenging wildfire season this year. Fighting those fires may be more difficult due to the federal sequester, which slashed nearly 8 percent from the Forest Service’s budget. Ross Reynolds interviews Washington State’s Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 19:02:05 +0000 conversation with ross reynolds 13947 at http://kuow.org How Will Federal Budget Cuts Affect Forest Firefighting In Washington State This Season?