Tag Archives: Environmental Health

Report: California Governor Overstated Fire Prevention Work

Fuel reduction efforts dropped from the year before     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has vastly overstated wildfire prevention work completed by his administration, according to a Capital Public Radio investigation released Wednesday. State fire officials ...

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Calls to Increase Prescribed Burns Face Obstacles

“The program has to last forever.”     By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In the 1950s, when University of California forestry professor Harold Biswell experimented with prescribed burns in the state’s pine forests, many people thought ...

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Heat, Wildfire Bake Southwest States

Zero containment on fire between Phoenix and Flagstaff     By KEN RITTER Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Southwest U.S. continued to bake Saturday, and weather forecasters kept warnings in effect for excessive heat in Arizona, Nevada and ...

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Idaho Officials Brace for Tough Wildfire Season

Nearly 80% of the state is in a drought     By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are bracing for what could be a challenging wildfire season. A meteorologist on Tuesday told Republican Gov. Brad ...

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Drought Contributes to Increase in North Dakota Wildfires

State has experienced more fires to date than all of last year     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of wildfires this year in North Dakota has increased significantly, according to state officials, who cite extremely dry conditions. Data ...

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U.S. West Faces Record Heat and Intensifying Risk of Wildfires

Excessive heat stretched from southeast California across Arizona and Nevada and into New Mexico     By ANITA SNOW Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Dangerous, record-busting heat spread across the U.S. Southwest on Tuesday and into parts of Utah, Montana ...

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Californians May Be Asked to Conserve Power During Heat Wave

Wildfires could be the first use of “Flex Alert”     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents may be asked to reduce electricity use this week to avert rolling blackouts amid a heat wave that threatens to strain the state’s ...

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Wildfires Smolder Across Drought-Stricken Southwest

The drought, coupled with rising temperatures, has led to widespread fire restrictions     By TERRY TANG Associated Press A wildfire in Arizona that had neighboring New Mexico breathing in smoke was one of several blazes scorching the drought-stricken Southwest, ...

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Oregon Officials React to Drought and Wildfire Risks

Emergency plans and new evacuation zones     By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In northeast Oregon’s Union County, the snowpack is so thin that it has completely melted away in measurement sites. Rivers are running lower, ...

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Utah Governor Calls for Reduced Water Usage During Drought

Approximately 90% of the state is in an extreme drought category     By SOPHIA EPPOLITO Associated Press/Report for America SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox urged residents and businesses to cut down on their water usage ...

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