The West’s wildfire season holds the high risk of again being long, expensive, and dangerous, with an acceleration of alarming trends that include more and bigger fires, and increased dangers and costs associated with the need to defend private homes. Unfortunately, what we have tried so far…
HELENA — The state says a relatively easy fire season has reduced annual suppression costs.
HELENA — A new law has changed how the state pays for its share of wildfire suppression costs by setting aside the money before fires occur, instead having to come up with the cash months later after the fire season ends.
For many years, the sparse population of the interior West, where most wildfires occur, meant that forest fires did not receive the same level of attention as other natural disasters.
Rita Dvorak might not know the exact calorie count of the hundreds of meals she makes each day for wildland fire crews, but she's pretty sure they're not lacking in the fuel the firefighters need to keep going.
SPOKANE, Wash. — A huge wildfire in California is just the latest destructive blaze to stretch resources across the West during a fire season that has been one of the worst in years. The fires have left some states with thin budgets to scramble to get people, planes, bulldozers and other too…
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If lightning strikes in the New Mexico wilderness and starts a fire, the blaze would normally be little more than a blip on the radar of land managers who have earned a reputation for letting flames burn to keep forested lands from growing into a tangled mess.
The Chain Buttes fire burning in Petroleum County prompted officials to order an evacuation of the Crooked Creek Marina on Tuesday, but they quickly lifted it after crews made progress on the 2,400-acre blaze.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal officials on Thursday released the latest iteration of their national wildfire management strategy as they deal with limited resources and an active fire season that already has blackened hundreds of square miles in states from New Mexico to Michigan.
WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed legislation to speed government contracts to modernize the aging fleet of Forest Service tanker planes that dump suppressants on Western wildfires.
Neptune Aviation has had to retire one of its older planes, but won permission to put its newest firefighting jet into service this season.
Wildland firefighters will use a water enhancer called Thermo-Gel to help suppress flames in the northeast area of the Hole in the Wall fire near Clark, Wyo.
Fire crews continue to battle the 790-acre Hoss fire burning in the Bighorn Mountains just five miles south of Fort Smith.
The Hoss fire burning in Black Canyon on the Crow Indian Reservation grew only by about 10 acres Wednesday and crews are shifting their focus to protecting tribal buffalo pastures, officials said.
Here’s the positive side to the record moisture that Montana has received in the past seven months: The fire danger is average to below average.