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Matt McCombs Named New Colorado State Forester

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Following a successful national search, Matthew McCombs will take leadership of the Colorado State Forest Service and become Colorado’s new State Forester on Jan. 3, 2022. “The people of Colorado and the millions of Americans that depend on Colorado’s forests deserve leadership and action equivalent to both the splendor of our natural heritage but also…

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Ex-University Professor Indicted for California Wildland Fire Arson

A federal grand jury in Sacramento Thursday returned a five-count indictment today against Gary Stephen Maynard, 47, of San Jose, charging him with setting fires near the massive Dixie Fire this summer. Prosecutors say some of the fires Maynard set were new fires behind the firefighters fighting the Dixie Fire, which had the potential of trapping firefighters between two…

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Chief of California’s Wildland Firefighting Agency to Retire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of California’s forestry and wildland firefighting agency announced Monday that he will retire next month after shepherding the state through three historic wildfire seasons, the most recent of which saw two massive blazes span the Sierra Nevada for the first time in recorded history. Thom Porter’s tenure was not without controversy, as when…

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