WUI in the News

Here you can find current news articles about wildland-urban interface issues in the U.S. and abroad. Please note that while Interface South maintains news archives for reference, the links may no longer be active. You may need to contact the source or host website for more information.

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Mar 2010 contains 4 News Articles.

Legislation aims to cut national wildfire costs by reducing reliance on other agencies
Press-Enterprise - 13 Mar 2010
Better pay and benefits and increased legal protection for the nation's federal firefighters are needed to help reign in the increasing costs of battling wildfires across the country, say proponents of a bill making its way through Congress. Compensating firefighters for all the time they spend at fire scenes and extending year-round health benefits to part-timers would help curb defections from the agency, they say. By strengthening its own ranks, the bill's supporters say, the Forest Service would have to rely less on costly assistance from local and state fire departments.

High-Def Cameras Watch For Wildfires
KCRA.com - 12 Mar 2010
CA Fire and the U.S. Forest Service are testing a program to help spot fires with high-definition cameras mounted on communication towers. Using three cameras, they can cross-triangulate the exact location of a fire and get the right resources there faster than ever before. The cameras aren't to replace people in lookout towers, they give the dispatchers on the ground the ability to see what the lookouts are seeing.

State Forestry Commission issues report on North Myrtle Beach wildfire
The Sun News - 9 Mar 2010
The state forestry agency's performance during Horry County's Highway 31 wildfire last year shows a need for improved communications with other emergency response agencies, annual exercises to improve coordination with other agencies, and improved communication with the public, according to a report released by the S.C. Forestry Commission.

USDA Announces Formation of Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Committee
USDA.gov - 8 Mar 2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced he is seeking nominations from the public for the new Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Committee. The committee will inaugurate a new level of collaboration between the USDA Forest Service and the American people in the restoration of forested landscapes.