The explanatory statement has a surprisingly lengthy section that directs the Forest Service and the DOI to submit a report within 90 days that lays out the considerations of awarding 10-year contracts for aircraft available for wildland fire suppression activities. She said crews were hopeful that the blaze would be under control by the weekend, although it was jus… Science like this could lead to changes that may benefit firefighters and the general public.). Missouri electors vote at 2 p.m. today in Jefferson City. 3/4 Kansas (7-1, 1-0) will host No. KANSAS CITY, Mo. Advocate for wildfire-related programs, including funding for disaster relief, prevention, and mitigation; Share federal relief programs and resources with communities before, during and after wildfire season; and. Last week before the new language became available Monday night I checked with some fire management folks, asking their thoughts about the requirement, at the time, of promoting FAM to be their own branch with a Deputy Chief for Fire and Aviation. Please report any large fires whether ongoing or recently contained, here. In addition, environmental hazards such as extreme heat and higher concentrations of ambient carbon monoxide were prevalent during days with heavy smoke and after extreme fire growth days. Once suspended in the air, particles smaller than 5 μm can travel hundreds or even thousands of miles. Five different Chiefs (Bosworth, Kimball, Tidwell, Tooke, Christiansen) have had the budget facts in front of them and have decided NOT to make a change.  The most obvious immediate question is what would happen with S&PF programs, and what happens with the important relationships with State Foresters? According to a press release by Senator Maria Cantwell at the time, by the 2021 fire season all firefighting crews – regardless of whether they are federal, state, or local – working on large wildfires will be equipped with GPS locators. A primary aspect of this engagement was to forecast smoke levels for areas immediately affected by fires and generate a daily smoke outlook to keep stakeholders informed about prevailing smoke levels. Email Address * First Name . And in fact, these fires are a bit like seeds, in that they are a crucial part of the prairie ecosystem. Strong east winds across the Cascade Mountains resulted in more than 560,000 acres of fire growth from September 7 through 10. ... which has reached as far away as Kansas, the National Weather Service says. AirNow and the U.S. Forest Service have launched a pilot project to show data from low-cost sensors on the Fire and Smoke Map. [Kathy] McCovey is a retired Forest Service anthropologist. “I am very appreciative of everything Coach Meadows has done for this program in his two seasons here. Welcome to the Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Website. “We have decided to go in a different direction for the remainder of the season,” said Miles. “If they don’t, in five years it will burn again and be worse.” (Here’s how wildfires get started—and how to stop them.). LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas Football head coach Les Miles announced today that offensive line coach Luke Meadows has been relieved of his duties effective immediately. Air resource advisors were fully integrated into the wildfire incident management teams to provide insights into understanding and predicting smoke exposure levels. Kansas fires offensive coordinator Koenning after 6 games AP LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Les Miles was fired by LSU in part because his offenses failed to score enough points. Large is considered anything over 100 acres in timber, or 300 acres in brush/grass. Today in History for December 21st. Kansas Forest Service 2610 Claflin Road Manhattan, KS 66502 785.532.3300. A new satellite image shows grass fires scattered like seeds across the Kansas prairie. He has also served as a graduate assistant at Indiana and Toledo, along with the offensive line coach at Tiffin University. LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. From August 31 to September 14, 2020, one CDC staff member supported wildfires in central Oregon’s Cascade Range east of Sisters, which included the Beachie Creek, Holiday Farm, Lionshead, and Riverside fires. Most of northeast Kansas is under a Red Flag Warning and Wind Advisory until 6 p.m. Reducing fuels in the Wildland-Urban Interface, and. In 2020, the Forest Service sold more than 3.2 billion board feet of timber, the second highest level in 20 years. WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Fire crews across Kansas are battling fires in Harvey, Cowley, and Saline counties. Maps Large Reported Wildfires. In looking at national records since 1985, it burned more acres than all of the fires in the 49 states outside of Alaska in 2006. A biopsy showed his brain had been invaded by the parasite Balamuthia mandrillaris which enters the body through the lower respiratory tract or through open wounds. But even when I was still working I always thought it was strange that Fire was under State and Private. This is more than three million more acres than the 10-year average. Smoke exposure levels at the Creek Fire ranged from hazardous to unhealthy for 30 days, (From Bill: Wildland firefighters and people who live in areas where long-term fires are common, such as Northern California and the Northwest, know that smoke can persist for days or weeks and can cause or aggravate respiratory and other medical issues. The Committees recognize that wildland fire related activities touch every aspect of the agency and believe that providing the fire function with a senior leadership role at the Service will improve coordination and better represents the role fire plays in agency budgeting and decision making. It is a support network among Native American communities that are revitalizing their traditional fire practices in a contemporary context. If the President signs the bill today, the report would be due March 22, 2021. I really don’t know enough about the issue to have an opinion. The U.S. Forest Service announced this week that the number of acres burned on national forests in 2020 was the most since 1910. ... Today’s top headlines. More information is at the Indigenous Peoples Burn Network, a growing collaboration of Native nations, partnered with nonprofit organizations, academic researchers, and government agencies. It would not break the bank to pay them a living wage, let them ALL earn benefits such as health insurance and a retirement account, convert seasonals to permanent employees, stipulate certain presumptive illnesses that are common among firefighters, and hire them under a Firefighter position description. But knowing it exists and having peer reviewed quantifiable data proving it is hazardous to health, are two different things. Both houses of Congress passed a 5,600-page omnibus spending package Monday night to fund numerous programs that included the Departments of Agriculture and Interior along with COVID-19 relief. Copyright © 2020 Dierking Communications, Inc. Information about our radio stations including license information, applications, and other required documentation can be found on our station profile pages at the links below. Crews successfully saved a home in Barber County, Darcy Golliher, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Incident Management Team, said Friday. Smoke from the day's fires is drifting as far as northeast Kansas. The Storm Team 12 Super Doppler Radar picked up smoke from the fires in Cowley, Greenwood and Saline counties. Two recent articles on our website (here and here) by guest authors who are currently forestry technicians lay out compelling cases for improving the way we manage these federal employees. This fire near North Fork, California started September 4 and grew to 193,000 acres during its first week; as of December 3, 2020, the fire had burned 379,895 acres. I had been aware of a couple of others Caucuses, such as the Congressional Fire Services Caucus (formerly chaired by Senator Joe Biden) and the Congressional Black Caucus. COVID-19 relief: Congress agrees on deal with stimulus checks. Timber wildfire is greater than 100 acres. Many states and local agencies rarely if ever enter data for their state responsibility fires at the site, so the list does not include some very large fires in California, Washington, and other areas. These hazards added a layer of complexity to fire response efforts and might have limited fire personnel recovery between work shifts. John Curtis (R-UT) and Joe Neguse (D-CO) expect to launch the bipartisan caucus in the 117th Congress which begins January 3, 2021. How far and which microbes are transported in smoke under various conditions are critical unknowns, but the relevance of these questions is increasing with longer wildfire seasons and higher severity trends. …The anti-flame campaign profoundly altered the American environment. It’s well-documented that exposure to wildfire smoke can damage the heart and lungs. The author, Charles C. Mann, interviewed members of the Karuk tribe that were affected by last summer’s fires, including the Slater Fire that destroyed hundreds of structures near Happy Camp. On March 30, 2020, the Suomi-NPP satellite captured this imagery of fires dotting Kansas when it passed overhead around 2:26 p.m. local time (CDT). Move the Forest Service Fire and Aviation section out of State and Private Forestry. In Kansas, more than 18 square miles of land were torched by several fires that have been largely contained. It the bill is signed by the President it will fund the agencies during the fiscal year that began October 1, 2020. Maybe this caucus will step back and look at the big picture, such as, how do we avoid fire seasons like we just had in California and Oregon. But there are some interesting issues that were highlighted, not in the text of the bill itself, but in the “explanatory statement” that elaborates on Congress’ oversight of the fire programs in the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Committee encourages prioritizing the use of commercial, off-the-shelf solutions, including mobile MESH networking technology, that provide situational awareness and interoperable communications between federal, state, and local firefighting agencies. As these flames ceased, a new kind of forest emerged: a nearly fire-free ecosystem that was unlike anything that had existed since the end of the Ice Age. McCovey’s ancestors had farmed the landscape for many reasons. To date, 56,914 wildfires have burned 10,250,447 acres. OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — Kansas Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall is moving up to the U.S. Senate after... WICHITA, Kansas — Less than a week into the new school year, the warning came: the school district’s COVID-19 learning plan expected too much from... By Celia Llopis-Jepsen - Kansas News Service Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new articles by email. LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas Football head coach Les Miles announced today that offensive line coach Luke Meadows has been relieved of his duties effective immediately. National Geographic has a long, interesting article about the differences in Northern California forests before and after the resident native Americans were prohibited from continuing their practice of prescribed burning. 2 Baylor used a big first half to pull away for... Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. Kansas restaurants attractions and local businesses. It was that they were “a food desert for animals and people.” The Forest Service and western state governments, like her ancestors, had managed the forest—had, in effect, farmed it. Kansas averaged only 17.8 points in its five games other than Boston College. Their stated goals are to elevate in Congress an awareness and bipartisan consensus around wildfire management and mitigation, environmental and community protections, public health and safety, and wildfire preparedness and recovery. In November the National Association of State Foresters wrote a letter to the House and Senate appropriations leadership opposing the concept: While we agree more must be done to minimize the threat of catastrophic wildfire, we are concerned that establishing a Deputy Chief for Fire and Aviation would divert valuable resources  from land management activities that reduce the threat of wildfire, only to establish additional bureaucracy around wildfire suppression… Establishing a Deputy Chief for Fire and Aviation is tantamount to building a “fire agency” and therefore contrary to the intent of the “Wildfire Funding Fix,” which Congress passed to free up funding for more active forest management. Have a wildland fire news tip? The Fires That Forged Us: Six Kansas City (MO) Firefighters Killed in Blast 11.30.20 On November 29, 1988, six Kansas City (MO) Fire Department (KCFD) firefighters from Pumper 30 … LANSING, Kan. -- Inmates at a Kansas prison where at least 28 people have been sickened by the coronavirus rampaged through offices, breaking windows and setting small fires … MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. Democrats and Republicans in Kansas will keep their seats in the U.S.... By Jim McLean - Kansas News Service Of note, although smoke from wildfires drifted long distances and affected downwind communities, the brunt of poor air quality was observed in communities adjacent to wildfire incidents. Apparently worried that the five agencies may be dragging their feet in following the requirements in the bill (which became law), Congress very, very politely issued a reminder in the explanatory statement: The Committee encourages increased investment in these technologies within the funds provided for Forest and Rangeland Research and for preparedness activities in Wildland Fire Management. Longer contracts for firefighting aircraft? Smoky skies caused by wildland fires are becoming seasonal norms, especially in some parts of the United States and Australia. Specific organizational language like this is not popular with any federal organization. Arbitrarily drawing a circle around several separate fires that have not merged, and calling them a complex, should not covert them to one fire for statistical purposes. The consequences for more immediate populations, such as firefighters on the front line who often spend up to 14 consecutive days in smoky conditions, are likely greater given that microbial concentration in smoke is higher near the source of a fire. Nationwide on lands of all ownership 181,234 acres have been reported burned this year in Alaska, and 10,069,213 in the other 49 states as of December 18. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. During this unprecedented time, the safety of the public and all wildland fire responders is always the number one priority for all wildland fire agencies. Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma electors today cast their votes as expected for President Donald Trump at their respective statehouses. Highlight balanced and bipartisan science-based wildfire management and mitigation proposals in Congress. The individuals interacted with stakeholders, including air quality regulators, fire personnel, public health practitioners, and community residents. With [Joe] Jerry, she belongs to a Karuk fire-lighting brigade. In September and October the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deployed two staff members to serve as air resource advisors at wildfires in Oregon and California. Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management . To McCovey, the problem was not just that the new forests were flammable. “We’re going to have to get these trees out,” she said, pointing to the mass of fire-blasted fir around us. The final version of the bill that passed Monday night eased off on that requirement, suggesting the agency just think about it: The Committees are interested in data and recommendations relating to any changes that could be made to improve the representation of Wildland Fire Management leadership under this structure and the potential creation of a new Deputy Chief for Fire and Aviation. KMBC 9 News is your source for the latest local headlines and live alerts. For years they had been begging the Forest Service to let them burn the brush on the slopes around their homes. Visit Kansas City's most reliable source for breaking news. 3 Kansas Faces No. “We have decided to go in a different direction for the remainder of the season,” said Miles. “What does it mean?” The National Weather Service in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, MO I can understand the concern of the State Foresters with Fire Management leaving State and Private. If you don’t let us burn, they had warned, there will be a catastrophic fire. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1873–1875. It's that time of year when smoke from prairie fires in Kansas could reach Nebraska Shelly Kulhanek Mar 26, 2019 Mar 26, 2019 × You have run out of free articles. For the second day in a row, Kansas firefighters battled grass fires across the state. It is believed Captain Moore inhaled the parasite while fighting wildfires. Having said that, the information below, showing “megafires” (that exceeded 100,000 acres), comes from InciWeb which primarily has data for fires on federal jurisdiction. 2020 is the first year during which the CDC worked with the Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program and deployed staff members as air resource advisors for wildfire incidents. But the Forest Service and the states had farmed the forest to produce a single commodity: timber. There are no major changes in the appropriations for wildland fire activities that employ approximately 15,000 forestry and range technicians whose primary duties are fighting wildfires. Timely reporting will enhance the value and accuracy of this report. They may also be protected in small clusters of particulate matter.”. In an article published December 18 in Science, Leda Kobziar and George Thompson called the attention of the scientific community to the health impacts of wildfire smoke’s microbial content. Since 1965, when fire records first started being kept in Kansas, the 2016 and 2017 fires are the only triple-digit fires in acreage ever reported. “The health impact of inhaling wildfire smoke increases dramatically during high-emissions wildfires and with long exposure,” said Kobziar, associate professor of Wildland Fire Science at the University of Idaho. NASA | LANCE | Fire Information for Resource Management System provides near real-time active fire data from MODIS and VIIRS to meet the needs of firefighters, scientists and users interested in monitoring fires. Two Congressmen have announced a plan to create a Wildfire Caucus to work collaboratively on wildfire mitigation and recovery solutions. But a little research revealed there are hundreds of others, including some for rum, bourbon, rugby, songwriters, working forests, baseball, bikes, and candy. Courtesy of Kansas Athletics For example, communities near the fires in California and Oregon experienced high concentrations of PM2.5, as measured by air quality monitors, resulting in “Unhealthy” to “Hazardous” conditions, as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Air Quality Index. Updated December 18, 2020   |    11:50 a.m.Â. Several departments responded to a grass fire near Turon in Reno County on Friday. The Kansas Forest Service in Manhattan has dispatched 36 people to help fight fires in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Wyoming. Sam Brownback said Thursday the large fire was mostly contained everywhere except Barber County, but the windy conditions could spark new problems in the area southwest of Wichita. Here are their responses, in some cases edited for brevity: Tom Harbour, former Director of FAM for the Forest Service: The language is controversial. Kansas coach Les Miles fires Jayhawks offensive coordinator after just six games Kansas is averaging 22.8 points per game in Miles' first season at the helm For example, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counts firefighting as an at-risk profession for coccidioidomycosis, an infection caused by a pathogenic fungus well known to be aerosolized when soils are disturbed. Last Name . “Some microbes in the soil appear to be tolerant of, and even thrive under, high temperatures following wildfires.”, As Kobziar explained, “At the scale of a microbe, fire behavior research has shown that heat flux is highly variable, so it may be that many microbes aren’t even subjected to the high temperatures for very long. US Dept of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service Wichita, Kansas 2142 S. Tyler Road Wichita, KS 67209-3016 The Next Generation 3.0 contracts for five large air tankers announced in October are for only one year with the possibility of up to four more years at the discretion of the FS. From: Navarro K, Vaidyanathan A.  — Notes from the Field: Understanding Smoke Exposure in Communities and Fire Camps Affected by Wildfires— California and Oregon, 2020. Several wildland firefighters with the Kansas Forest Service are currently in Lincoln City, Oregon to assist crews on the Echo Mountain Complex Fire. In addition, the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus will: James D. Ogsbury, the Executive Director of the Western Governors’ Association released a statement of support for the Caucus: Wildfire is an important natural process in our environment, but uncharacteristic wildfire is a persistent threat, especially in western states, due to a host of past management practices and climate factors.  The House Wildfire Caucus is an exciting platform to bring attention to these challenges and seek bipartisan solutions to increase the health and resilience of our communities and ecosystems.  WGA is pleased to see the formation of the new Caucus and I especially want to thank its Chairs, Representatives Joe Neguse of Colorado and John Curtis of Utah, for their bipartisan leadership on this matter of great importance to the West. 7 West Virginia Tonight on 95.5 KNDY & Z-96.3 The Lake, Cats Lead from Start to Finish in 70-46 Win Over Jacksonville, Chiefs Defeat Saints, 32-29, to Complete Perfect Record on the Road, Kpreps.com Preview: Hanover at Frankfort Semifinal Showdown, Kansas High School Football Playoff Scoreboard – 11/20/2020, Fort Riley Will Hold Virtual Wreaths Across America Ceremony, KDOC Announces Inmate Death At El Dorado Correctional Facility, DCF Takes Immediate Action to Address Allegations of Document Falsification by St. Francis Ministries Employees, Kansas Hospitals Seek Help From Nearby States, But The Whole Midwest Faces A COVID Surge, Kansas Republicans Keep Their 3 Congressional Seats; Davids Reelected In Kansas City Suburbs, Republicans Keep Kansas’ Open Senate Seat By Electing Roger Marshall, ‘It Is Not Sustainable’: Kansas’ Online Teachers Are Overworked And Quitting, Kansas Nursing Homes Still Waiting On Coronavirus Testing Gear From The Feds, And Can’t Afford Labs. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. “We don’t know how far and which microbes are carried in smoke,” said Thompson, associate professor of Clinical Medicine at UC Davis. Fire personnel who camped and rested between work shifts at nearby fire camps (North Fork, California and Sisters, Oregon) were also exposed to poor air quality levels. But if you were trying to find FAM on the agency’s organization chart, it may take a while. Extremely high fire danger today as winds become strong KSNT News has a crew on scene. Congress reminded the five agencies that the John D. Dingell, Jr. Natural Resources Management Act that passed overwhelmingly in both houses almost two years ago requires that by March 12, 2021 they develop and operate a tracking system to remotely locate the positions of fire resources. Cowley County Emergency Management said … — A series of fires ignited in the grass along Highway 152 in the Northland on Saturday, which prompted a large response … Bringing more attention to the issues listed by the two Congressmen, primarily mitigation and recovery, are worthy goals. Undocumented immigrants dying of COVID-19, but many fear getting vaccine. Interactive real-time wildfire map for the United States, including California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, and others. We have to learn to live with fire, but hopefully the caucus will work on the list of six things that need to be done to protect fire-prone communities: When I heard about this new Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus, I immediately thought about the plight of the federal employees who are asked to, in many cases, spend months away from their families each year suppressing wildland fires. Find daily local breaking news, opinion columns, videos and community events. But Kansas... By Stephan Bisaha Stephen Koranda, Nadya Faulx, Aviva Okeson-Haberman - Kansas News Service The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Their movement depends on the fire behavior and the atmospheric conditions. I look forward to using our last three games as an opportunity to continue to improve as a team, and believe this decision supports that.”. In 2008, Captain Matthew P. 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