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The August blaze burned over 250,000 acres of land in the Sierra Nevadas. (Getty Images)

California Environmentalists Decry Feds’ Rim Fire Tree Plan

U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists have called it a travesty and are threatening to sue.

08/28/2014

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Forest-Thinning Project To Begin At North Tahoe

The U.S. Forest Service plans to soon launch a major forest-thinning project on Lake Tahoe’s north shore that’s designed to reduce the risk of severe wildfire and improve forest health.

05/02/2014

Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi on February 2, 2012. (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

US Forest Service Names Schwarzenegger Honorary Ranger

The U.S. Forest Service is naming Arnold Schwarzenegger an honorary forest ranger.

10/30/2013

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Ecologists Say Fire Suppression Efforts Left Century’s Worth Of Fuel For Rim Fire

Federal forest ecologists say that historic policies of fire suppression to protect Sierra timber interests left a century’s worth of fuel in the fire’s path. Two years of drought and a constant slow warming across the Sierra Nevada also worked to turn the Rim Fire into an inferno.

08/27/2013

US Forest Chief

U.S. Forest Chief Responds To El Dorado County Sheriff Banning Feds Enforcing State Laws

“We’re very concerned about that, and I’m going to have my director of law enforcement sit down with our folks and see how they can address the concerns the sheriff has,”

07/16/2013

Sheriff John D’Agostini

El Dorado County Sheriff Strips Forest Service Of State-Law Enforcement Power

Sheriff John D’Agostini is taking the unusual step of pulling the police powers from the federal agency because he says he has received “numerous, numerous complaints.”

06/21/2013

A baby bobcat was rescued from the Chips Fire and is now being nursed back to health. (credit: U.S. Forest Service)

Baby Bobcat Rescued From Ashes Of Chips Fire

Firefighters mopping up at the Chips Fire discovered a baby bobcat in need of help, and now the kit is being nursed back to health by an animal rescue organization.

08/29/2012

A fire burning in rugged terrain engulfs a roadway near Yosemite National Park on Thursday, August 15, 2011. (Photo provided by CBS13 Viewer)

Yosemite Highway Remains Closed As Fire Rages

The main highway into Yosemite National Park remains closed as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire outside of the park.

08/26/2011

Kings Canyon National Park firefighter Paul Staley (L) tips over a burned-out tree stump that he and Richard Sinkovitz cut with a chain saw June 27, 2007 in South Lake Tahoe, California. An estimated 1,900 firefighters continue to battle the 3,000 acre Angora wildfire near Lake Tahoe that has destroyed more than 200 structures. Officials say the fire is 44 percent contained.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Forest Service Defends Plan To Log Burned Forest

Responding for the first time to a lawsuit by conservationists, the U.S. Forest Service says the threat of another major wildfire like the one that destroyed 250 homes at Lake Tahoe four years ago outweighs any concerns that its plans to log much of what’s left of the burned forest would harm a rare woodpecker or other wildlife.

06/19/2011

First Big California Wildfire Threatens Homes In Kern County

Fire officials in California say a wildfire is threatening homes in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County and high winds are pushing it through the brushy high desert area.

05/27/2011