U.S. Forest Service News

The Big Question Is Can U.S. Restrain Worsening Wildfires?

This is one of a series of interviews by Bloomberg Opinion columnists on how to solve pressing policy challenges. This conversation has been edited and condensed. Romesh Ratnesar: The American West is suffering through a devastating fire season. Wild fires …

Forest Service Orders Colorado Train to Halt Wildfire Mitigation

The U.S. Forest Service shut down an extensive fire mitigation project after raising concerns about the number of trees being cut down and sold to a logging company in southwestern Colorado. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad completed eight …

Firefighters Work to Contain North Carolina Wildfires

Firefighters kept working on Saturday to slow the spread of western North Carolina wildfires that have spread due to high winds, the U.S. Forest Service said. A fire that began on private property Friday in Haywood County expanded to the …

Rural Fire Departments in Idaho Learn Equipment Isn’t Insured

Several rural volunteer fire departments in north-central Idaho are in danger of losing much of their equipment after officials learned it was uninsured. The Lewiston Tribune reported Idaho County officials previously believed the fire trucks and other equipment loaned to …

Feds Will Use Fires to Lower Washington Wildfire Risks

To reduce the risks of wildfires, federal officials this spring are planning to conduct controlled burns on more than 9,000 acres of land in Washington state forests. The Seattle Times reported the fires planned in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is …

Burn Bans Enacted Over Much of Dry Southeast as Fires Continue

As drought-stressed forests burn across much of the South – including a blaze scorching a Manhattan-sized area of north Georgia – some traditional outdoor activities are now banned. Starting campfires, lighting fireworks, smoking cigarettes, even parking a car off-road is …

EPA, Forest Service Seek Permanent Firefighters Near Montana Asbestos Site

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service want to station 10 firefighters near Libby this summer so crews are immediately available to fight any fire that night burn in or near a former vermiculite mine contaminated with asbestos, …

Montana’s Wildfire Season Second-biggest So Far This decade

Montana’s fire season began quietly but has quickly grown to the second-largest so far this decade after lightning storms last month ignited a rash of blazes that spread rapidly amid bone-dry conditions. This season is not over yet, with at …

Massive California Blazes, And It’s Not Even Official Wildfire Season Yet

A pair of massive blazes in the Northern California are a bleak reminder of how bad things can get in a state with persistent drought and windy conditions. A more worrisome thought is California’s official wildfire season has yet to …

Forrest Service Maps Shows Expansion of WUI in West as Wildfires Burn

A new U.S. Forest Service report shows the continued expansion of housing development near forests, an area referred to as the wildland-urban interface, with direct implications for the cost of wildfire fighting. Increasing densities of people and infrastructure in the …