Wildland Fire Suppression
As former Montana smokejumpers we are increasingly alarmed by the severity, size, and expense of wildfires. The weather this year in Montana might give false hope to those who think weather and climate are the same. But climate is about trends and scientists say that those trends are proving…
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…
Wyoming’s energy industry fears a prolonged government shutdown could hurt business in the Cowboy State.
Not since the turn of the last century have wildfires been worse in much of the West. Over the past several years, the onset of drought, the deteriorated condition of many Western forests, and a surge of largely unconstrained growth at the wildland-urban interface have converged, resulting i…
HELENA — Ray Brown knows each of the 80 steps that wind in a corkscrew up the 60-foot tower of the Strawberry Butte Lookout.
A director of the United Property Owners organization described proposed Resource Management plans of the Bureau of Land Management in a very incorrect and misleading way (July 31 guest opinion).
Cloudy weather calmed the intensity of the 600-acre uncontrolled Emigrant fire in Paradise Valley south of Livingston on Saturday, and smoke is settling on the area around the fire, according to the U.S. Forrest Service.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.
Dan Borsum, of the National Weather Service, talks about predictions for the coming fire season at the Billings Interagency Dispatch Center on Wednesday.
A dispute over greenhouse gases from oil and gas drilling will head to federal court in Montana as attorneys for the government and the industry face off against environmentalists who say too little is being done to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.
Another tough, dry wildfire season is most likely right around the corner.
We’ve reached a huge milestone here at the Bureau of Land Management’s Miles City Field Office. After a great deal of planning and analysis by BLM staff and a significant investment of time from our numerous cooperating agencies, I wanted to let you know the Miles City Field Office Draft Res…
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Twelve people in South Dakota and Montana have been sentenced for trafficking federally protected migratory birds after a two-year investigation, federal officials announced Tuesday.
CASPER, Wyo. -- A Wyoming conservation group is one of three organizations opposing a federal Bureau of Land Management decision to open federal lands to oil shale research and development.
BUFFALO, Wyo. - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has lifted fire restrictions on agency lands overseen by the Buffalo, Newcastle and Casper field offices.
CASPER, Wyo. -- In 1988, Gary George poured a slab of concrete onto his Casper Mountain property, in the hopes of one day building on land he had already owned for eight years.
CASPER, Wyo. — Rick Hopf needs to go bomb a fire. The DC-10 air tanker he flies has stood by, resting on the apron of the Casper/Natrona County International Airport all day Tuesday, as smaller aircraft fight the flames scorching Casper Mountain. But the midafternoon call has come. Hopf is p…
If you've even glanced at one of Montana's myriad wildfires this summer, there's a good chance you've seen them buzzing overhead, dropping thousands of gallons of water and retardant on blazes that have crisped the state's landscapes.
7:30 P.M.: The Rosebud fire has grown to an estimated 600-800 acres and has traveled into the Custer National Forest._____________________________________________________5 P.M.: Paul Short, DNRC information officer, said the fire has grown to 200 acres. Additional resources have been ordered.
Even with the 40,653-acre Delphia fire east of Roundup 60 percent contained, fire crews aren't resting on their heels as weather conditions could fuel quick, erratic growth of the fire.