A huge mechanical claw scoops up several ponderosa pine logs and feeds them into an industrial chipper. Thousands of wood chunks are then blasted into a large shipping container.

"It goes anywhere from one to four to three up to seven small ones can just kind of throw in that little jaws there," explains Jeff Halbrook, a research associate with Northern Arizona University's Ecological Restoration Institute. Today he's overseeing what's fondly known as the chip-and-ship pilot project about 20 minutes west of Flagstaff.

Prescribed Burns Planned for Boggy Draw

Aug 16, 2019
Courtesy of the San Juan National Forest

The Dolores Ranger District has announced plans for additional prescribed burns in Boggy Draw this fall. The burns are expected to take place in the coming days as long as conditions remain favorable for fuel and weather.

Road Closure Around Doe Canyon Fire Lifted

Jul 10, 2019
Courtesy of Kathy Russell/San Juan National Forest

The road closure around the Doe Canyon Fire was lifted Tuesday.

Lorena Williams, acting executive assistant with the U.S. Forest Service, said the closure ended ahead of schedule due to calmer fire conditions. 

Courtesy of Andy Lyon

The Doe Canyon Fire has grown to 2,390 acres, according to an update Wednesday from the San Juan National Forest. Firefighters have used the wildfire as a chance to burn excess fuel and improve forest health.

Updated: Doe Canyon Fire Grows to 675 Acres

Jun 25, 2019
Courtesy of Andy Lyon

Update (July 1): Crews are managing the fire to burn off surface-level fuel and the closure has been updated. Read more here. The original story continues below.