Environmental Health

Michigan to Resume Prescribed Burns on Grasslands, Near Forests

Burns are to rid out invasive plants     LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Burns on Michigan grasslands and at the edges of forests will be conducted in spring and summer to improve wildlife habitat. The burns get rid of invasive ...

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New Mexico Governor Signs Prescribed Fire Measure

More than half of New Mexico is dealing with exceptional drought     By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed legislation that will clear the way for more prescribed ...

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Spring Forecast: Drought Worsens for Much of U.S.

Expanding drought with a drier than normal April, May and June     BY SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer With nearly two-thirds of the United States abnormally dry or worse, the government’s spring forecast offers little hope for relief, especially ...

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California Likely Faces a Critically Dry Year

The state’s largest surface water reservoir, was at 50% of capacity     By JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California will likely face a critically dry year with much less runoff from the Sierra Nevada snowpack than ...

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California Storm Raises Risk of Debris Flow in Burn Areas

2,800 households told to evacuate in Santa Cruz County     By JOHN ANTCZAK and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A potent atmospheric river barreled ashore in Northern California, bringing downpours that threaten to unleash destructive ...

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New Mexico Lawmakers Consider Prescribed Fire Measure

Clarifying liability and creating certification for private landowners     SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s energy and natural resources agency is putting its support behind legislation that it says would clear the way for more prescribed fires as ...

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Environmentalists Move Toward Lawsuit Over Fuel Break Plan

Fuels breaks are planned in six states     By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S government to block plans to build up to 11,000 miles (17,700 ...

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11 Prescribed Burns Planned Around Lake Tahoe

Removing excess vegetation and slash piles     RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service and its partners plan nearly a dozen prescribed fire operations around Lake Tahoe this week to help clear out underbrush that can fuel wildfires. ...

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Wildfires Produced Up to Half of Pollution in U.S. West

Study underscores growing public health threat     By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming ...

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