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Feb 7, 2014 — Communication breakdowns can be fatal for firefighters, but are all too easy when crews are shrouded in smoke and a blaze is moving fast. Florida, with its millions of acres of forest and grassland, has rolled out a new system that can pinpoint crews without relying on voice communication.
Jul 7, 2013 — Writer and photojournalist Michael Kodas says forest management, climate change and growing population complicate fire fighting.
Jun 14, 2013 — The fire that is being called the most destructive in the history of Colorado is now 30 percent contained. But 400 houses have been destroyed in the blaze.
Jun 13, 2013 — Around 360 homes near Colorado Springs had been destroyed by midday Thursday. The wildfire there is one of several burning across the state. Two bodies were recovered Thursday in the burn area of the Black Forest fire near the city.
Jun 8, 2013 — Guest host Tess Vigeland talks with NPR's Kirk Siegler about the early wildfire season this year in the west and whether or not a new fleet of air tankers promised to the forest service will be ready in time for the worst of the season.
 

Special Features

Photo Audio Essay
Protecting the Tug Hill Plateau: Fish Creek
Last summer, New York State, the Nature Conservancy, and a Boston-based timber company announced a plan to preserve 45,000 acres of forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein visited the “East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest” to see how the plan is shaping up.
Photo Audio Essay
Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.
Audio Series
Green Initiatives
Brian Mann reports on businesses in the Adirondacks that are embracing private sector green initiatives. It's a new kind of management that weds profits with a healthy environment.

Fire Crews Battle Dozens of Blazes

In the last week, volunteer fire crews and state forest rangers have battled more than two dozen blazes across the north country. This spring's unseasonably dry, hot weather is expected to continue and officials worry that more fires are coming. As Brian Mann reports, trees damaged by the ice storm of 1998 are adding fuel to these fires.  Go to full article

Forest Fire in Town of Keene

The latest Adirondack forest fire claimed ten acres in the town of Keene yesterday. Firefighters responded to reports of smoke just after 2 o'clock. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Community Forestry: the Arboreal Neighborhood

Martha Foley talks with arborist Paul Hetzler about "community forestry:" taking care of the trees most of us are closest to—trees that grow in parks, around schools and along roads and sidewalks.  Go to full article

Train Sparks Wildfire in Essex

High winds and dry weather have led to a rash of wildfires in the North Country this week. Nearly 500 acres of timber and farmland burned in the towns of Essex and Willsboro...  Go to full article

Firefighters Contain Lake Placid Blaze

Forest rangers and volunteer departments contain a forest fire in Lake Placid yesterday afternoon. Brian Mann reports  Go to full article

More Needed to Save Forests from Acid Rain

Some of the nation's top acid rain researchers say we'll have to do more to save northeastern forests, streams, and lakes from further harm. The Great Lakes Radio...  Go to full article

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