Tag Archives: Environmental Health

Managing Our Nation’s Flammable Landscapes

There are better ways to delineate why wildfires matter to society     (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder (THE CONVERSATION) As of late ...

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Prescribed Burn Planned for Part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

689 acres in Cades Cove     ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials with the National Park Service say a prescribed burn is scheduled for a portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park beginning this weekend. A news release from ...

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Cold Front Moves into California after Months of Heat, Fires

Temperatures were on track to drop 15 to 25 degrees a day     By JANIE HAR Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first of back-to-back cold fronts headed into California on Friday, bringing the prospect of an abrupt ...

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Federal Agencies Fall Short of President Trump’s Forest Protection Goals

Numbers show it will take more than executive orders to make significant progress     By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer Nearly two years ago, President Donald Trump stood amid the smoky ruins of Paradise, California, where he blamed the ...

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Probe of Australia Wildfires Recommends Climate Risk Forecasts

Black Summer fires killed at least 33 people including 10 firefighters     By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An investigation into Australia’s catastrophic wildfire season on Friday recommended greater efforts to forecast the impacts of climate ...

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Health Issues as Wildfire Smoke Hits Millions in U.S.

Spike in emergency room visits     By MATTHEW BROWN and CAMILLE FASSETT The Associated Press SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed ...

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Warming Trend Means California’s Lethal Fire Season Not Over

More than 8,400 wildfires have scorched well over 4 million acres       Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cool weather and light drizzle in some places provided relief for firefighters working to increase containment of numerous wildfires across ...

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Oregon Relaxes Asbestos Rules to Speed Wildfire Cleanup

Suspension of fees among the changes     SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials are relaxing some requirements for handling ash and debris containing asbestos to speed work in removing debris from homes and buildings destroyed by wildfires. The Oregon ...

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Wildfires Taint West Coast Vineyards with Taste of Smoke

Some wineries are not accepting grapes unless they have been tested for smoke taint     By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most ...

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Few Resources, Old-Growth Forest Allowed for California Fire’s Growth

Only about 100 firefighters were initially dispatched when the Bobcat Fire began     By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lack of firefighting resources in the hours after it was sparked allowed a fast-moving wildfire to ...

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