Official urges collaboration on wildfire projects - FOX 10 News |

Official urges collaboration on wildfire projects


Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - A senior federal official is urging communities, utilities and others to collaborate more on projects aimed at restoring forests and rangeland charred by blazes and guarding against catastrophic fires.

Harris Sherman, an undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture who oversees the U.S. Forest Service, tells government officials at a Western Governors' Association meeting Saturday in Paradise Valley, Ariz., that the federal government is accelerating its forest restoration projects and wants communities involved in similar efforts.

Sherman painted a stark picture of how the country's fire seasons are progressing.

Sherman says wildfires burned a near-record 9.1 million acres in the United States this year. Fourteen fires - nearly all in the West - burned more than 100,000 acres.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices