Controlled burns

This March 27, 2019 photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows a TXDPS officer walking near the wreckage of downed helicopter in Montgomery County, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Houston. The U.S. Forest Service says a firefighter from California has died from the crash in the Sam Houston National Forest in Texas. The agency says Daniel Laird was a two-decade veteran of the U.S. Forest Service and was helping with a controlled burn when the helicopter crashed. (Sgt. Erik Burse/Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)
March 29, 2019 - 10:16 am
MONTGOMERY, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says a firefighter from California has died in a helicopter crash in the Sam Houston National Forest in Texas. The agency says Daniel Laird was a two-decade veteran of the U.S. Forest Service. He was helping with a controlled burn when the helicopter...
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Tom Porter, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, right, accompanied by Board of Forestry and Fire Protection Chairman Keith Gilless, left, discusses the plan to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to protect communities from wildfires, at a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The effort would create a single environmental review process to cover vegetation reduction projects, field breaks and restoration projects. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
January 29, 2019 - 9:18 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildland managers said Tuesday that they want to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to slow wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years. After the deadliest and most destructive blazes in state history, officials are scrapping 12 years...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2018 file photo, National Park firefighters start to run to keep ahead of a controlled burn near the Abrahms Fall trail head in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn. Creating fire buffers between housing and dry grasslands and brush and burying spark-prone power lines underground would give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, experts say. So would controlled burns, a proven, historic practice that has been neglected in recent decades. (Tom Sherlin/The Daily Times via AP, File)
November 15, 2018 - 11:45 am
BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death...
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FILE-In this March 10, 2015 file photo, firefighters burned about 30 acres of oak woodland Tuesday, March 10, 2015, during a prescribed burn along the eastern edge of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Shasta County, Calif. Creating fire buffers between housing and dry grasslands and brush and burying spark-prone power lines underground would give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, experts say. So would controlled burns, a proven, historic practice that has been neglected in recent decades.(Andreas Fuhrmann/The Record Searchlight via AP)
November 14, 2018 - 5:32 pm
BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce the growing death...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2017 file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric crew works at restoring power following a wildfire along the Old Redwood Highway in Santa Rosa, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The nation's largest utility by revenue faces billions of dollars in liability if investigators determine its equipment caused the Tubbs Fire that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 22 people in Santa Rosa last year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
September 21, 2018 - 4:33 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy or...
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FILE- This June 25, 2018 shows Faron Bryant looking over his property after wildfires swept through his neighborhood on Ridge Road in Eastpoint, Fla. Bryant's home only lost its siding, but his workshop, a truck and boat were destroyed. Adam Putnam, Florida's agriculture commissioner, said Wednesday, June 27, 2018, that a controlled burn by state contractors sparked a wildfire that destroyed 36 homes and burned more than 800 acres. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)
June 27, 2018 - 11:25 pm
EASTPOINT, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have suspended the practice of controlled burns statewide while they investigate how the forest management tool managed to destroy 36 homes in north Florida. The fire occurred Sunday in the coastal community of Eastpoint near the historic town of...
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FILE- This June 25, 2018 shows Faron Bryant looking over his property after wildfires swept through his neighborhood on Ridge Road in Eastpoint, Fla. Bryant's home only lost its siding, but his workshop, a truck and boat were destroyed. Adam Putnam, Florida's agriculture commissioner, said Wednesday, June 27, 2018, that a controlled burn by state contractors sparked a wildfire that destroyed 36 homes and burned more than 800 acres. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)
June 27, 2018 - 7:02 pm
EASTPOINT, Fla. (AP) — John Matthew Polous watched a "controlled-burn" fire for three days as it consumed foliage outside his tiny community on the Florida Panhandle. And then he watched as it quickly raged out of control. What he doesn't understand is why it took government officials until...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2015 file photo, a controlled burn clears about 30 acres along the eastern edge of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Shasta County, Calif. California’s seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is helping drive plans to do more “controlled burns” that thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that if left unchecked can feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives. The goal for 2018 is to burn at least 20,000 acres and to clear another 20,000 by crews using chain saws, bulldozers and other machinery. (Andreas Fuhrmann/The Record Searchlight via AP, File)
December 14, 2017 - 3:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy...
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This Nov. 7, 2013, photo provided by the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project shows an unidentified worker burning a pile of collected undergrowth in the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon. The thinning of forests in central Oregon has saved homes amid one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in the American West. (Alexandra Steinmetz/Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project via AP)
October 16, 2017 - 2:41 pm
SISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes. Just a few months earlier, the U.S. Forest Service and a group of locals representing...
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September 13, 2017 - 6:31 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Wildfires that are blackening the American West in one of the nation's worst fire seasons have ignited calls, including from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to thin forests that have become so choked with trees that they are at "powder keg levels." The destruction has exposed old...
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