March 5, 2013 |
The clouds of white smoke rising over the oak and pine forests of Maurice River Township, Cumberland County on Monday alarmed some area residents and passersby. A few reported it to the local authorities and news media. But this Pinelands fire was never out of control. It was purposely set - and carefully monitored - by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service as part of a plan to reduce heavy brush that might act as fuel for more destructive blazes in the wildfire season that begins this month.
August 6, 2012 |
MADRID - Wildfires fanned by fierce winds and high temperatures raged across a western Spanish region and on the Canary Islands on Sunday, threatening to cut off phone contact with one island, killing an emergency worker and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people, officials said. A 35-year-old man from an army emergency services unit died in a vehicle accident while battling the wildfires in the Extremadura region, and three others were injured. A fourth firefighter had to be treated after inhaling smoke.
July 7, 2012 |
The devastation from the forest fires was unlike any in New Jersey since record-keeping began in 1906. Miles of woodland were blackened - 183,000 acres in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Ocean, Atlantic, Hunterdon, Somerset, and Middlesex Counties. Nearly 400 homes and buildings were reduced to ashes and seven people were killed in wind-driven fires over three days in April 1963. The blaze was never forgotten by New Jersey officials, who have been reminded of it again by deadly wildfires in Colorado and are working to improve management of nearly two million acres of state-owned or -supervised forests to avoid a similar disaster.
May 13, 2012 |
RENO, Nev. - Smokey Bear has done such a good job stamping out forest fires the last half-century that a woodpecker that has survived for millions of years by eating beetle larvae in burned trees is in danger of going extinct in parts of the West, according to conservationists seeking U.S. protection for the bird. Four conservation groups filed a petition with the U.S. Interior Department this month to list the black-backed woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act in the Sierra Nevada, Oregon's Eastern Cascades, and the Black Hills of eastern Wyoming and western South Dakota.
April 10, 2012 |
Three days after crews battled two suspicious fires that scorched 400 acres in the Pinelands before being controlled, firefighters fought a new wind-whipped blaze on Monday that burned more than twice as many acres and threatened several homes in Burlington County. Michael Drake, acting fire warden for the state Forest Fire Service, said officials had evidence that Monday's blaze was set, as were Friday's blazes in the Winslow Wildlife Management Area in Camden County. He would not elaborate.
August 1, 2011 |
A thick scar runs across the trunk where a lightning bolt struck, sending a charge through the tree and into the debris covering the ground. The result: a spark, slow smoldering, and then a one-acre fire that might have spread across the Pine Barrens had it not been spotted from a nearby airfield early last week. "These are easy," said Steve Holmes, a division warden with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. "But we don't get a lot of lightning strikes. Almost all the fires we're investigating are started by people.
July 17, 2011 |
GREENOUGH, Mont. - From where I sat, on a log in front of a crackling campfire near Bull Creek, deep in the heart of Montana's Lolo National Forest, all the world seemed wilderness. Above us, the night sky was alight with stars. Beneath our feet, the piney scent of freshly scuffed earth summoned a long-forgotten memory, an echo from ancient days when primitive people gathered together after dark, not in front of a television but around a communal campfire. Under any other circumstances, you'd have thought the nine of us, a group of sometime-adventurers from California, New Jersey, and Texas, were roughing it. But this was the Encampment at Bull Creek, the luxury tent camp run by the Resort at Paws Up, a guest ranch and resort 30 miles east of Missoula.
August 10, 2010 |
EPHRATA, Pa. - Members of the Mennonite church first came together 90 years ago to ship tractors and plows to fellow Mennonite farmers in Russia and the Ukraine, starving because of war. Later, in war-torn Vietnam, or when a tsunami ravaged Indonesia or, most recently, when an earthquake wreaked havoc in Haiti, they were there to help the general population. The Mennonite Central Committee has evolved into a global disaster response relief and community-building enterprise.
July 1, 2010 |
The pleasant weather Wednesday and Thursday comes with warnings. Wildfires are a worry throughout the entire region - Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware and all of New Jersey - following a hot June with little recent rain, according to the National Weather Service. Last week, several forest fires burned about 1,300 acres in the New Jersey Pinelands. With no rain expected through next Wednesday, the threat could even worsen, with peak fireworks season kicking in as the heat returns.
May 18, 2010
I remember vividly Miss Havisham, a spinster in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations , who wears an old wedding dress with one shoe on, living in a room covered with cobwebs, with all the clocks stopped at 20 minutes to nine. She hasn't seen sunlight in decades because her heart was broken. I asked my English teacher why Miss Havisham didn't just move on, and she replied, "Self-pity makes a good story. " The devastation on Osage Avenue in 1985 is no different from devastation that occurs every year in America due to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, forest fires, and earthquakes.