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U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Seriously Burned While Fighting Lowell Fire

Four firefighters battling the Lowell Fire in Nevada County are recovering after being burned Sunday.



Firefighters Warn Drones Could Hinder Battle Against California Wildfires

Cal Fire says drones are becoming an increasing problem, interrupting wildfire fighting efforts in California four times in the last week.


View of the fire from a web cam and satellite. (Credit: NWS Hanford)

Roadside Truck Fire Sparks Central California Wildfire

A pickup truck that caught fire along a Central California road has sparked a wildfire, burning hundreds of acres and shutting down several campgrounds.


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Convicted ‘Eco-Terrorist’ Freed Because Of Dispute Over Evidence

Eric Taylor McDavid spent nine years in federal prison on charges related to alleged plans to destroy several government buildings in Northern California forests.


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U.S. Forest Service Pulls $10 Million Public Relations Campaign After Backlash

A watchdog group and current and retired Forest Service employees had raised concerns that money would be better spent on the ground, instead of trying to enhance the agency’s image, while it struggles to pay to fight wildfires, maintain roads and trails, and offer timber sales.


One of the sites targeted by volunteers. (Credit: U.S. Forest Service - Sierra National Forest)

Trash Cleared From Illegal Pot Grow Sites In Sierra And Sequoia Forests

Volunteers have helped remove more than three tons of trash from illegal marijuana growing sites on national forest land in Central California.


The August blaze burned over 250,000 acres of land in the Sierra Nevadas. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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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,”


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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.”