forest News

Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria

A new study says that hurricanes Irma and Maria combined in 2017 to knock down a quarter of the biomass contained in Puerto Rico’s trees — and that massive rainfall, more than wind, was a previously unsuspected key factor. The …

Officials Warn of Arkansas Forest Fire Danger

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says it’s suppressed at least 18 wildfires so far this weekend. A spokesman says crews are still trying to contain another 12 wildfires across the state. Extreme wildfire conditions have been declared for 25 counties in …

Forest Fire Rages on Spanish Island of Ibiza

Firefighters are battling a forest blaze on the popular Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza that has razed hundreds of hectares of woodland and forced the evacuation of some 80 people. Regional government Interior Department spokeswoman Asuncion Saez said the fire …

Swiss Forest Fire Brought Under Control

About 500 firefighters, army soldiers and police battling strong headwinds and dry conditions brought a forest fire in southern Switzerland under control Wednesday. An unusually hot spring and drought conditions set the stage for the fire which was still burning …