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Wildfire Suppression

Guest opinion: Western fires burning through $3 billion annually

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…

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State says fire costs down this year

State says fire costs down this year

HELENA — The state says a relatively easy fire season has reduced annual suppression costs.

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New law: Pay now, not later, for fire suppression costs

New law: Pay now, not later, for fire 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.

August 19, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Rising wildfire risks demand new prevention strategies

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.

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Fire kitchen fuels wildland fire crews

Fire kitchen fuels wildland fire crews

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.

September 14, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Costs of big wildfire season hurting some states

Costs of big wildfire season hurting some states

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…

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Forest Service now tries to tamp out every flame

Forest Service now tries to tamp out every flame

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.

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Evacuations ordered, then lifted, for fire near Winnett

Evacuations ordered, then lifted, for fire near Winnett

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.

August 01, 2012 10:30 am Photos

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Feds consider regional challenges in fire planning

Feds consider regional challenges in fire planning

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.

June 07, 2012 7:05 pm Related Loading…
Bill speeds delivery of fire-fighting planes

Bill speeds delivery of fire-fighting planes

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.

June 07, 2012 6:11 pmLoading…
US Forest Service approves jet retardant bomber

US Forest Service approves jet retardant bomber

Neptune Aviation has had to retire one of its older planes, but won permission to put its newest firefighting jet into service this season.

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Gel to be used to help suppress Hole in the Wall fire

Gel to be used to help suppress Hole in the Wall fire

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.

August 29, 2011 11:15 am Related Loading…
Crews continue work on Hoss fire in Bighorn Mountains

Crews continue work on Hoss fire in Bighorn Mountains

Fire crews continue to battle the 790-acre Hoss fire burning in the Bighorn Mountains just five miles south of Fort Smith.

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Hoss fire crews shift focus to tribal pasture protection

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.

August 17, 2011 7:33 pmLoading…
The positive side to Montana's wet year: Fire danger is down

The positive side to Montana's wet year: Fire danger is down

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.

July 11, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

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