Western states and the Bureau of Land Management are struggling to deal with the booming population of wild horses and burros. A national forum on the issue will be held in Utah in August, with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke invited to visit.
One week after it started, the Brian Head Fire in southern Utah has topped 40,000 acres and is 8 percent contained. It is the largest fire burning in the United States at this time, fire officials reported.
Clashes over land use resulted in new charges being filed in the San Juan County case of an environmental activist accused of blocking cattle from a water source, underscoring tensions involving ranchers, environmental groups and local residents.
An extreme heat wave in the Southwest U.S. is making the fight against a series of wildfires more difficult Wednesday, including one that has destroyed at least four homes in an Arizona town known for its wineries, authorities said.
The Interior Department asked counties impacted from monument designations under agency review because of controversy to draw their preferred monument boundaries, including for Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah.
Just a couple months shy of the two-year anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill in neighboring Colorado, Utah continues to monitor the effects of the deposit of 540 tons of heavy metals that found their way to to the San Juan River and Lake Powell.