| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:13 AM
The Rim fire burning near Yosemite has burned 246,350 acres, making it the third largest fire in state history, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday.
The blaze, which erupted in the Stanislaus National Forest north of the Tuolumne River on Aug. 17, has...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 11:06 PM
A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for sparking two Northern California wildfires that scorched more than 37,000 acres, officials announced Thursday night....
| Sep 20, 2013
| 11:20 AM
WASHINGTON — In response to fires that have ravaged the West this year, the House on Friday approved a bill that would expand logging in national forests despite a White House veto threat.
The measure, which would impose limits on environmental...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 10:57 AM
The scorched landscape, burned bare of any signs of life, stretched over 250 square miles. Nothing but charred land dotted with remnants of burnt trees could be seen. The devastated terrain was the result of the Station fire, Los Angeles County's largest-...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 3:30 PM
TUOLUMNE, Calif. — Tourists stopped at the Rim of the World overlook on California 120 earlier this month to take photos of the panoramic view — just as they always have.
But they stared in silence at the ashen hues of a landscape swept by...
| Sep 25, 2013
The sun had sunk behind the trees. In the fading light, the woods were dusky shadows.
And faintly, just barely, I thought I heard something.
I stood still and listened in the quiet of the darkening forest.
Hoo hoo hoo. Hoo.
An owl. I was smiling...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 3:30 PM
One of the largest urban woodland parks in the eastern United States appears destined to get less wooded. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. aims to cut a swath up to two miles long through Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park in West Baltimore to replace an aging...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 4:22 PM
Firefighters have begun controlled burns in the San Bernardino National Forest, taking advantage of the recent rains and cool temperatures to eliminate brush and needles that can fuel catastrophic wildfires.
The controlled burns will target spots in the...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 9:19 AM
Find your Christmas tree at one of these 12 Chicago-area farms—all within 90 miles of downtown.
Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm
A complimentary horse-drawn wagon is ready to take you to out the field at Ben’s, a 55-acre farm...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 12:44 PM
The weekend after Thanksgiving not only signals the official start of the Christmas season, but also the start of the Christmas tree hunting season.
For many families, holiday traditions include a visit to a cut-your-own tree farm the weekend of...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 8:22 AM
SOMERS — There are about 500 Christmas tree farms in the Nutmeg state, but Kathy Kogut of Hemlock Hill Tree Farms estimates that at most 10 make most of their living from the seasonal sales.
"You can't survive on [just] Christmas trees. You can'...