Wildfire http://kunm.org en Fireworks Banned, Sort Of http://kunm.org/post/fireworks-banned-sort <p>Some New Mexicans can legally light their fireworks this Independence Day.</p><p>There is no statewide ban on fireworks but nearly all New Mexico counties have banned them in unincorporated areas this year because of extra dry weather.&nbsp; For many counties, the ban went into effect weeks ago.</p><p></p><p>In <a href="https://www.bernco.gov/news/215594/" target="_blank">Bernalillo County</a>, Fire Marshal Chris Gober will be working this 4th&nbsp;of July and he said fireworks make his job harder.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:10:21 +0000 Kaveh Mowahed 47535 at http://kunm.org Fireworks Banned, Sort Of Fireproofing Our Forests http://kunm.org/post/fireproofing-our-forests <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Can we make our forests fireproof? Do we want to? Recent large, devastating fires in New Mexico have swept away livelihoods, and threatened and destroyed watersheds and animal habitats. The U.S. Forest Service has undertaken projects to thin forests through prescribed burns and the removal of hazardous fuels...but to what effect? &nbsp;We'll talk with residents, activists, the Forest Service - and YOU! Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:35:34 +0000 Kathleen Sabo 47074 at http://kunm.org Fireproofing Our Forests At 68, Smokey Bear's message still resonates http://kunm.org/post/68-smokey-bears-message-still-resonates <p>This week, an American icon celebrates his birthday: Smokey Bear is turning 68.</p><p>He&rsquo;s still a spry old guy, kept alive by the Ad Council and the US Forest Service. It&rsquo;s New Mexico&rsquo;s forests that have been taking a hammering. In 2011, the Las Conchas Fire was the largest in state history. Then this year, the Whitewater-Baldy Fire in the Gila National Forest doubled its record. This summer also saw the state&rsquo;s most destructive wildfire, the Little Bear Fire near Ruidoso.</p><p>But believe it or not, there&rsquo;s good news.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 14:09:02 +0000 Laura Paskus 16657 at http://kunm.org At 68, Smokey Bear's message still resonates Signs of life in the Gila National Forest http://kunm.org/post/signs-life-gila-national-forest <p>Even after the flames have died down, the impacts of a wildfire persist. Without tree and grass roots to absorb rainfall and hold soil in place, flooding can be a big problem.</p><p>In the wake of the Whitewater-Baldy Fire&mdash;which burned almost 300,000 acres in southwestern New Mexico&mdash;officials in the Gila National Forest have been working to get ahead of the summer rains and next year&rsquo;s snowmelt.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:23:32 +0000 Laura Paskus 16074 at http://kunm.org Signs of life in the Gila National Forest Can Grazing Reduce the Risk of Wildfires? http://kunm.org/post/can-grazing-reduce-risk-wildfires <p>Researchers and ranchers are studying whether cattle grazing could significantly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in rugged areas of the southwest. &nbsp;As Laurel Morales reports from the <a href="http://fronterasdesk.org">Fronteras Changing America Desk</a>, firefighters had the toughest time fighting recent record-setting fires in steep terrain where dry grasses and other fuels had built up.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:07:41 +0000 4787 at http://kunm.org Can Grazing Reduce the Risk of Wildfires?