Feds prepare for another busy US fire season

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) -- The chief of the U.S. Forest Service says he expects this year's fire season to be as active as last year, when historic fires charred hundreds of square miles in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and elsewhere.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says the Southwest remains dry and the middle part of the country could have a more severe season this year.

Tidwell says federal scientists are monitoring weather patterns and trying to make accurate predictions so resources can be placed in the areas where they'll be needed most.

Tidwell joined U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other officials for a conference call Thursday to address the nation's preparedness.

Vilsack says the agencies are taking their responsibility seriously given that lives and property are at stake.

(COPYRIGHT 2012 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)


KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 149128355 - nbc11news.com/a?a=149128355
Gray Television, Inc.