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Upper Kern River Recreation Sites and Trails Closure Order Issued

KERNVILLE, Calif. September 25, 2021 – The Sequoia National Forest today issued a Forest Order. No. 0513-21-34 due to the eastern spread of the Windy Fire to protect public health and safety. The. closure order prohibits the use of the recreation sites along the upper Kern River from the Riverkern...
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Plumas County News

New fire near Mount Hough beaten back by helicopters

East Quincy residents who noticed helicopters flying toward Mount Hough late this afternoon, Sept. 26, carrying buckets of water will be happy to learn that what is being called the Johnson Fire now has hose lay around it. The Plumas National Forest is reporting that it was held to less than an acre and all aircraft have been released.
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Montana Standard

Wildfire closes I-90 eastbound at Homestake Pass

A small wildfire near just east of Homestake Pass closed I-90 eastbound for a time Sunday afternoon. The fire was being fought by the U.S. Forest Service with help from the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department and the Jefferson County Fire Department. A Butte-Silver Bow fire official said the department had two units at the fire, and said local volunteer departments also had responded.

Central Texas firefighters battle huge blaze at area water reservoir

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) - Firefighters from Bell County and the Texas A&M Forest Service converged on Still House Hollow Lake Sunday afternoon to battle a huge blaze that started in the Dana Peak Park area and jumped a road into a nearby neighborhood. Harker Heights Fire Department Chief Paul...

CU Boulder Student Rescued After Falling Into Abandoned Mine

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – First responders in Boulder County helped a 19-year-old man out of an abandoned mine after he fell in late Saturday night. Deputies responded to the Switzerland Trail when the man’s friends called saying he fell 25 feet down, but was not hurt. Firefighters from Sugarloaf Fire found the group off of Forest Service Road 211A. They say the man, in fact, was about 50 feet down. The man, who attends the University of Colorado Boulder, was hoisted up with a rope system. The rescue took about 3.5 hours, firefighters say. Fourmile Fire, Sunshine Fire, the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office were among the agencies that responded.  

Windy Fire in Tulare County burns over 133 square miles

TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (FOX26) — The Windy Fire burning in Tulare County has grown to over 85,000 acres and is only 2% contained. The fire started by lightning on September 9 is burning in the Tule River Indian Reservation; the Sequoia National Forest, including the Giant Sequoia National Monument; and Tulare County and state responsibility areas.

Thinning moderates forest fire behavior even without prescribed burns, for a while

Mechanical thinning alone can calm the intensity of future wildfires for many years, and prescribed burns lengthen thinning's effectiveness, according to Oregon State University research involving a seasonally dry ponderosa pine forest in northeastern Oregon. Findings of the study, led by OSU research associate James Johnston and published in Forest...

Savenac seedlings regenerated forests burned in 1910 fires

HAUGAN, Mont. — A century ago, many of the trees now growing in Montana's mountains were just seedlings. Many were planted after 'The Great Burn of 1910,' when fires raged through three-million acres of forest, most of it in northern Idaho and western Montana. The seed stock that reforested those...

I-90 reopens near Homestake Pass, spot fires still burning

BUTTE, Mont. - Forest Service crews are continuing to contain and put out spot fires at the "Moose Fire" on Homestake Pass just south of the rest stop area on I-90. According to the Montana Department of Transportation's website portions of I-90 were closed Sunday afternoon, but have reopened and drivers should expect reduced speeds and low visibility in some places due to smoke.

Turkey Springs Vegetation Management Decision Notice Signed

Forest Service Turkey Springs Vegetation Management Decision Notice Signed. PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo., September 24, 2021 – The San Juan National Forest Pagosa Ranger District released the final decision authorizing the Turkey Springs Vegetation Management project in Archuleta County. The project aims to improve forest resilience in the face of disturbances like drought and wildfire, and improve wildlife habitat in the 23,580-acre Turkey Springs landscape located west of Pagosa Springs near the Pagosa Lakes, Wildflower, and Aspen Springs subdivisions.

Big fires demand a big response: How 1910’s Big Burn can help us think smarter about fighting wildfires and living with fire

Over two days in the summer of 1910, wildfires roared across the bone-dry forests of the inland Northwestern U.S., the Rockies, and parts of British Columbia. Whole towns burned. The blazes scorched 3 million acres of forest, an area the size of Connecticut, and left behind a legacy that profoundly changed how the U.S. managed wildfires – and ultimately how fires behave today.

Crews Now Have Schneider Springs Fire 43% Contained

Firefighters continue to make progress on the Schneider Springs Fire, getting it 43% contained by Sunday morning, according to a Forest Service news release. That's a 5% gain over Saturday morning's reported containment of 38%. The lightning-caused fire that began Aug. 4 has scorched 107,072 acres about 18 miles northwest...

Update | Massive fire in Harker Heights community

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas — This story is developing and will be updated. Firefighters across Bell County came together to put out a massive fire in Harker Heights Sunday afternoon, according fire officials. Officials say the fire was reported around noon near the Dana Peak Park area. The fire's intensity grew...

Superior National Forest - Greenwood Lake wildfire update - September 26, 2021

SIZE: 26,797 acres CONTAINMENT: 80% PERSONNEL: 120. SUMMARY: Started by lightning, the Greenwood Fire was detected on August 15, 2021, at about 3:00 p.m. on the Laurentian Ranger District. The fire started approximately 10 miles southwest of Isabella. Maximum containment will peak at 80-81 percent, as wetland areas prevent crew and equipment from building containment lines in those areas.