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California wildfires: What is a firenado?

<b>Amidst the devastation of a huge wildfire in the US state of California, photos have emerged of a rare force of nature.</b><p>Firenadoes, torrents of wind and flame that burn at extreme temperatures, have been spotted in the hills near San Bernardino, 60 miles (96km) east of Los Angeles.<p>The whirlwinds …

California

Massive Blue Cut fire in Cajon Pass burns 37,000 acres, now 26% contained

The tally for California’s harsh fire season ascended to even grimmer terrain Saturday as officials announced that the Blue Cut fire in the Cajon Pass has destroyed 105 homes and 213 other structures.<p>The toll in San Bernardino County caps a week of extensive losses across California, including 300 …

San Bernardino County

Soberanes Fire near Big Sur grows to nearly 20,000 acres

A stubborn wildfire ablaze in the wooded canyons and ridges south of Carmel in Monterey County — one of several fires burning around the state — grew to 23,5000 acres late Tuesday and is only 10 percent contained, firefighters said.<p>The Soberanes Fire continued to scorch the steep and …

Camping

Santa Clarita Sand fire: Why are California wildfires getting worse?

Dry temperatures and a heat wave fanned the flames of wildfire in Santa Clarita Valley, Calif., consuming 5,500 acres in just a day.<p>Extremely dry …

California wildfires: Hundreds flee homes near Los Angeles

<b>Fast-moving wildfires have forced hundreds of people to leave their homes in mountains north of Los Angeles, California, the authorities say.</b><p>The fires had covered an area of 20,000 acres by Saturday evening, sending a pall of smoke south across parts of Los Angeles County.<p>About 300 people have been …

California

Huge swaths of Russia's forests are ablaze during what may be a record fire season

It is fire season in Siberia, which means vast tracts of boreal forests are ablaze. As occurred in 2015, smoke is turning skies a bright orange across eastern Russia, China and other downwind areas.<p>The past few years have seen huge conflagrations in this region, due to a combination of forest …

Russia

Vast Peat Fires Threaten Health and Boost Global Warming

Largest blazes on earth smolder for months in Canada and Indonesia

Climate Change

What California Can Learn From How the South Manages Wildfires

As deadly wildfires blaze, experts are calling on the state to emulate the South’s long tradition of prescribed burning.<p>There are three things that give him joy in life, says Johnny Stowe: “Beer, my grandkids, and fire.”<p>Not a campsite fire, or a house fire, but fire that Stowe prescribes and …

Wildfires

Russian volunteers seek a foothold as wildfires rage in Siberia

ULAN-UDE, RUSSIA — Half a world away from the wildfires that have devastated the Southwestern United States this summer, Andrey Borodin was waging his own battle against the elements, directing a team of a dozen volunteers blasting water into the smoldering Siberian soil. The cloying stench of …

Russia

Smoke towers over Los Angeles skyline as fresh wildfires erupt in California

Fresh wildfires erupted on Monday near Los Angeles and chased people from their suburban homes as an intense heatwave stretching from the West Coast to New Mexico blistered the region.<p>Towering columns of smoke rose from the San Gabriel Mountains as two fires a few miles apart devoured brush on …

Los Angeles

Second firefighter dies tackling Cyprus forest fires

<b>A second firefighter has died in Cyprus from injuries sustained while trying to tackle one of the island's biggest forest fires in years.</b><p>Marios Aristotelous, 44, was in a vehicle which overturned, also earlier killing Andreas Sofocleous, 49.<p>Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his "great …

Forestry

Intense Heatwave Kills Four, Feeds Southwest Wildfires

Scalding heat killed at least four people this weekend in Arizona and was stoking at least five major wildfires across the desert Southwest, authorities said Sunday.<p>Excessive heat warnings blanketed Southern California and Arizona, where temperatures soared into the triple digits Sunday and were …

Wildfires

Trees of life: tiny beetles turn Californian forests into tinder for energy

California’s record four-year drought has primed its coastal forests for a bug invasion. Millions of native bark beetles, which thrive in warm conditions, are burrowing into trees weakened by a lack of water, leaving in their wake dry, dead wood that becomes natural tinder. The beetles and drought …

Nature

The 2015 Indonesian Fires: Less Carbon Release Than Was Thought

Last fall, fires driven by extreme El Niño conditions swept through the peatlands of Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan province, with catastrophic …

Carbon

Fires near Los Angeles displace 5,000 people - but not the Kardashians

Fires near Los Angeles pushed 5,000 people out of their homes this weekend from the affluent Calabasas area, a suburb home to many celebrities including members of the Kardashian family.<p>The wildfire that sparked Saturday afternoon has already seared through nearly 500 acres (200 hectares), and fire …

Los Angeles

A Big LA Fire Isn't Worse Because People Are Finally Preparing for the Worst

It had all the elements of a catastrophe: a truck hit an electrical pole in the bone-dry canyons outside LA, exploding a transformer. Winds were …

Los Angeles

As Alberta wildfire rages, thousands who fled must wait weeks to go home

The wildfire in northern Alberta continues to rage out of control, growing to more than 423,000 hectares as officials said it would be at least another two weeks before the tens of thousands of evacuated Fort McMurray residents would be allowed to return to the city.<p>Relief – in the form of cooler …

Western Canada

Shift in Alberta wildfire prompts evacuation of oil sands work camps

A shift in the wildfire burning around the Canadian oil sands hub of Fort McMurray has put about 4,000 people in work camps on evacuation alert, including hundreds who were given mandatory orders to leave the area.<p>An evacuation alert issued on Monday covered 12 camps north of the city, with workers …

Oil

Canada wildfire advance 'slows' as evacuations finish

<b>A huge wildfire ravaging the Canadian province of Alberta has grown more slowly than feared, officials say.</b><p>Firefighters have held key areas and the blaze now covers about 621 sq miles (1,610 sq km) - less than the 700 sq miles estimated on Saturday.<p>But it could be months before the fire is fully …

Canada

Why Humans Keep Making Wildfires Worse

A few thoughts on the situation in Canada right now.<p>Fort McMurray was the capital of the Canadian tar sands boom, a small place in the environmental moonscape of the rising petro-state of Alberta. Unfortunately, oil prices have crashed and now Fort McMurray seems to be burning down. From <i>The</i> …

Canada

Canada wildfires: worst of blazes 'still to come' after Fort McMurray evacuated

After a raging wildfire destroyed dozens of homes, engulfed a neighbourhood in flames, and forced the hurried evacuation of an entire city, authorities in Canada warned that the worst was probably still to come.<p>More than 80,000 residents were ordered to leave the city of Fort McMurray in northern …

Alberta

Canada wildfire forces mass evacuation in Fort McMurray

A huge wildfire has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from the city of Fort McMurray in Canada.<p>The blaze has destroyed a number of homes, dropping ash on the streets of the city in the province of Alberta.

Fort McMurray

Canada wildfire forces mass evacuation in Fort McMurray

<b>The entire population of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray has been forced to evacuate because of a huge wildfire.</b><p>Some 80,000 people were told to leave as the blaze swept into the city, which is the gateway to the oil sands region.<p>Homes, petrol stations and a hotel are among the buildings …

Canada

Firefighter Fatigue: Summer's Over But The Bushfire Season Continues

Summer is ending but firefighters are preparing for more months of hot, dry and dangerous weather as advocacy groups warn of fatigue setting in.<p>The …

Bushfire

World heritage forests burn as global tragedy unfolds in Tasmania

A global tragedy is unfolding in Tasmania. World heritage forests are burning; 1,000-year-old trees and the hoary peat beneath are reduced to char.<p>Fires have already taken stands of king billy and pencil pine – the last remaining fragments of an ecosystem that once spread across the supercontinent …

Forests

Australia Waroona fire threatens more towns after devastating Yarloop

<b>A massive bushfire that devastated a small town is still burning out of control in Western Australia.</b><p>About 95 houses in Yarloop, south of Perth, have been destroyed and three people are reported to be missing.<p>Wind gusts of up to 60km/h (37mph) overnight fanned the blaze, dubbed the Waroona fire, to …

Australia

NCAR to test their wildfire-prediction tool in 2016; new system simulates weather, winds & wildfire

BOULDER, Colo. - A new, first-of-its-kind fire prediction tool will begin testing in the new year. The system, developed by Boulder's National Center …

Wildfire in Ventura County, Calif: Pictures

Ventura County