Natural resource management

Smoke and haze from wildfires obscures the Embarcadero Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in San Francisco. Recurring wildfires are sparking concern among medical experts about potentially major health consequences. Worsening asthma, lung disease and even heart attacks in heart disease patients have all been linked with previous fires. But blazes that used to be seasonal are happening nearly year-round and increasingly spreading into cities. That's exposing many more people to choking smoke that contains many of the same toxic ingredients as urban air pollution. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
November 15, 2018 - 9:16 pm
MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Authorities say that 631 people are still unaccounted for after last week's deadly wildfire in Northern California. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said he believes there are people on the list who fled the...
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A sheriff's deputy recovers the remains of a Camp Fire victim from an overturned car in Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
November 15, 2018 - 9:15 pm
MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Ten years ago, as two wildfires advanced on Paradise, residents jumped into their vehicles to flee and got stuck in gridlock. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan — one that they used when fire came again last week. But Paradise's carefully laid plans...
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Vicki Christiansen is shown in this 2012 photo when Christiansen served as interim regional forester for Region 1, based in Missoula, Mont. Christiansen, the U.S. Forest Service’s new chief is pledging to rid the agency of sexual harassment and discrimination amid fresh revelations of misconduct within its ranks. Christiansen acknowledged to a congressional panel on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, that the Forest Service is in need of a culture change. She pledged to enact new systems and overhaul existing processes to ensure a safe and functional work environment. (John Crepeau/The Missoulian via AP)
November 15, 2018 - 4:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid scrutiny stemming from fresh revelations of rampant discrimination, bullying, retaliation and sexual misconduct at the U.S. Forest Service, the agency's new chief pledged Thursday that she will "do everything in my power to put us on a path to no harassment." Vicki...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2018 file photo, National Park firefighters start to run to keep ahead of a controlled burn near the Abrahms Fall trail head in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn. Creating fire buffers between housing and dry grasslands and brush and burying spark-prone power lines underground would give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, experts say. So would controlled burns, a proven, historic practice that has been neglected in recent decades. (Tom Sherlin/The Daily Times via AP, File)
November 14, 2018 - 11:50 pm
BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death...
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Tape marks a spot where sheriff's deputies recovered the body of a Camp Fire victim on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. Thousands of homes were destroyed when flames hit Paradise, a former gold-mining camp popular with retirees, on Nov. 8, killing multiple people in California's deadliest wildfire. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
November 14, 2018 - 9:04 pm
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Officials say there has been an outbreak of norovirus at a shelter housing people who evacuated their homes to escape the massive wildfire in Northern California. Butte County public health spokeswoman Lisa...
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This 2014 photo provided by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund shows a group of mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, the International Union for Conservation of Nature updated the species’ status from “critically endangered” to “endangered.” The designation is more promising, but still precarious. (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund via AP)
November 14, 2018 - 9:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say. After facing near-extinction, mountain gorillas are slowly rebounding. On Wednesday, the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature updated mountain gorillas' status from...
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A search and rescue workers search for human remains at a burned out trailer park from the Camp fire, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. The deadliest, most destructive blaze in California history has killed multiple people. (AP Photo/John Locher)
November 13, 2018 - 8:29 pm
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Authorities have reported six more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 48 in the deadliest wildfire in state history. The announcement came...
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Fire crews clear rubble from the road near a building burned in the Camp Fire, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)
November 12, 2018 - 11:05 pm
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Authorities have lifted mandatory evacuation orders for the Los Angeles neighborhood threatened by an enormous wildfire. But thousands of homes remain at risk. Fire officials announced Monday night that the...
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Flames climb trees as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
November 12, 2018 - 12:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both nature and humans share blame for California's devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump's claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate...
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A vehicle drives through smoke from a wildfire near Pulga, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
November 11, 2018 - 9:13 pm
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — As relatives desperately searched shelters for missing loved ones on Sunday, crews searching the smoking ruins of Paradise and outlying areas found six more bodies, raising the death toll to 29, matching the deadliest wildfire in California history. Wildfires continued to...
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