Forest Service

As the U.S. Forest Service prepares for the wildfire season, it must also confront COVID-19.

Already the agency's put a stop to prescribed burning. And it says it will continue fire suppression and other activities with guidance from the CDC.

Connie Mehmel and Ian Bennett have a mother-son bond forged by fire.

Connie, 68, retired from the Forest Service last week, marking the end of her 42-year career. Ian, 42, is a lieutenant with the Seattle Fire Department.

Connie became a firefighter when she was a young mother in the 1970s. At the time, the Forest Service was working to recruit more women to join its ranks.

Updated at 3:22 p.m. ET

Federal land managers on Wednesday proposed sweeping rule changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow them to fast-track certain forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning.

The U.S. Forest Service, under Chief Vicki Christiansen, is proposing revisions to its National Environmental Policy Act regulations that could limit environmental review and public input on projects ranging from forest health and wildfire mitigation to infrastructure upgrades to commercial logging on federal land.

US Forest Service

The US Forest Service began the first-ever closure of the San Juan National Forest on Tuesday. According to a Forest Service statement, the decision is based on exteme wildfire danger.

416 Fire Facebook Page

San Juan National Forest Fire Prevention Team Public Information Officer Anne Janik joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Wednesday morning for the latest on the 416 Fire burning north of Durango, as well as the newly-implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in the region. Click below to listen.

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