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By ICLR | Wildfire-related news from the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)

More large, high-intensity forest fires likely in coming years

When it comes to large, high-intensity forest fires, we can expect to see a lot more in the coming years, according to South Dakota State University …

Chemistry

US entering 'new era' of unstoppable wildfires

The western United States has entered a “new era of wildfires” with average temperatures now two degrees Celsius higher and the burning season nearly …

Climate Change

Prescribed forest fire frequency should be based on land management goals: 68-year study shows long-term effects of burning forests at frequent intervals

68-year study shows long-term effects of burning forests at frequent intervals<p>Researchers have studied forests subjected to different frequencies of …

Forests

Why people have to learn to live with wildfires

Communities across the Western U.S. and Canada may have to adapt to living with the ever-increasing threat of catastrophic wildfires as global …

Forests

New era of western wildfire demands new ways of protecting people, ecosystems

Current wildfire policy can't adequately protect people, homes and ecosystems from the longer, hotter fire seasons climate change is causing, …

Climate Change

Fighting fire with fire: Fort McMurray uses flames to burn dry spots

‘We want to make sure we don't put any fear in our citizens when we are doing this burn abatement’<p>The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo isn't …

Canada

Meteorologists Track Wildfires Using Satellite Smoke Images

Wildfires and controlled burns place special demands on the people who decide where and when to deploy firefighters, how to keep controlled burns …

Fires, thinning create healthier forests

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Patchy. That’s what you want.

Forests

Inside the dangerous and unpredictable behavior of wildfire

<b>A</b>ircraft N2UW has flown through all kinds of weather. The twin-propeller plane is sleek, petite, and so packed with scientific gear for studying the …

Extinction

Canadian scientists tackle the monster that ‘will burn down your town'

Last March, scientists in the Canadian Forest Service issued a little-known report forecasting a risk of continental forest fires that today makes …

Climate

In Praise of Wildfire

There’s a lot about wildfires that makes me uncomfortable. I don’t like that they raze 3,000 houses per summer, and I hate that they kill an average of 30 firefighters each season. I’m still adjusting to the once-proud pines in my New Mexico backyard that two recent fires curled into charred poles. …

Forests

Wildfires: An expanding threat?

Wildfires and heat waves caused $1.9 billion in insured losses in 2015.

Wildfires

What’s your fire IQ?

Too many fires start with simple mistakes.<p>Like burning trash or debris from cleaning the acequia on a day that’s just a little too windy. Some fires …

Forests

Humans Responsible for More Wildfires than Lightning, Longer Fire Season and Expansion of ‘Fire Niche’

A recent first-of-its-kind analysis of wildfire records over 20 years shows that human-started fires accounted for 84 percent of all wildfires, …

Climate Change

Q&A: WUI fire expert shares best practices for prevention, mitigation

<b>Rick Markley, Editor-in-Chief</b><p>Christina Randall is an expert on mitigating wildland and WUI fires. She has spent the past 14 years as the wildfire …

Forests

Mapping America's Unprecedented Vulnerability to Wildfires

The U.S. forest service has plotted where human development comes dangerously close to nature.<p>In the U.S., the steadiest population growth isn’t happening in urban centers. It’s in suburbs, exurbs, and rural areas. And as we make more and more homes along the very fringes of metropolitan areas, the …

Observing wildfire smoke plumes from space

Dr Piet Stammes, Senior Scientist at KNMI and working in the O3M SAF as well, said the imagery demonstrates the meteorological processes taking place …

Climate Change

Nature or negligence? Creating a global context to understand destructive wildfires | Nature Ecology & Evolution Community

I live in Hobart, the capital of the temperate island of Tasmania. On February 7, 2017, Tasmania is marking the 50 anniversary of the Black Tuesday …

Climate

Suburbs Are Increasingly Threatened by Wildfires Due to Climate Change

The suburbs evoke images of white picket fences and organized sports, a peaceful escape from big-city living. But new research finds verdant …

Climate Change

Wildfire evolution forces Forest Service into new thinking

When a forest fire threatens your house and you have minutes to run, do you know what you plan to grab besides your family?<p>The photo albums? Computer …

Forests

Study: Managed Wildfires a Mixed Success for Ponderosa Pine Forests

The U.S. Forest Service allowed fire to burn more than 73,500 acres in northern Arizona last year. New research examines how well these “managed …

Lightning, tornadoes and mice: the science of bushfires

Bushfires cut a path of destruction through homes, farmland and the bush, but they also play an important role in the Australian landscape's cycle of …

Australia

Large Loss Fires 2015, Nov Dec 2016

<b>Large-Loss fires in the United States in 2015</b><p><b>Last year, California's Valley Fire was the country's biggest large-loss fire, the ninth year out of the</b> …

Firefighting blamed for 'megafires' ravaging US forests

<b>They're known as "megafires", and they're becoming increasingly common and destructive in the wildlands of the western United States. Could overzealous firefighting itself be to blame? BBC North America Correspondent James Cook investigates.</b><p>In a quarter of a century as a firefighter, Mark Hartwig …

Forests

Firefighting is too costly: Innovation is needed now

Image 1of/7<p>Caption<p>Close<p>In the wake of almost 7,000 wildfires that burned more than 565,000 acres in California in 2016, fire departments and …

Forests

Devastating wildfires in Eastern forests likely to be repeated

12/23/16WildfiresEnable IntenseDebate Comments: Enable IntenseDebate CommentsThe intense wildfires that swept through the Smoky Mountains in …

Wildfires

Firefighting blamed for 'megafires' ravaging US forests

<b>They're known as "megafires", and they're becoming increasingly common and destructive in the wildlands of the western United States. Could</b> …

Forests

As record Appalachian wildfires fizzle out, scientists look to learn from the destruction

Fire scientists and managers plan research effort

Weather