Elections 2012
4:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Question 405 Would Spend $10 million to Thin Flag Forests

Smoke plume from the Schultz Fire as seen from the east side of Flagstaff near Campbell Mesa, June 20, 2010.
Credit Brady Smith / USDA Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.

Two years ago last June, the Shultz Fire filled the skies north of Flagstaff with smoke. By the time it was controlled, 15,000 acres of Coconino National Forest land had burned including the ponderosa pines that would have absorbed much of the subsequent rainfall. A month later monsoon rains drenched the area

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:16 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Prescribed Burns Scheduled for Prescott Area

Two different 200-acre prescribed burns are scheduled in Prescott National Forest this week.

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6:09 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Forest Service Expects to Spend Billions on 'Mega Fires'

Gila National Forest Fire, May 17, 2012
US Forest Service

New Mexico’s largest ever wildfire is still growing. Last year the Forest Service spent one point four billion dollars fighting fires. They expect to spend that much or more this year containing these so-called “mega fires.”

Forest Ecologist Wally Covington says several factors have led up to what he calls a crisis. In the late 1800s cattle overgrazed and left the landscape bare -- so no small plants to keep fires on the ground. Also, for a long time fire was seen as the enemy so forests grew thick.

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