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

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 …

Colorado Springs

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 …

Housing

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 …

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 …

Forests

Lightning, tornadoes and mice: the science of bushfires

They're a familiar sight on the Australian landscape as the weather warms — cutting a path of destruction through homes, farmland, and the bush.<p>But …

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> …

Forests

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 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 has seen more …

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 …

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

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

On a dry October day this year, a stray lightning strike ignited a fire in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest. The resulting wildfire, …

High-severity wildfires complicate natural regeneration for California conifers: New tool helps foresters prioritize restoration efforts

New tool helps foresters prioritize restoration efforts<p>A study spanning 10 national forests and 14 burned areas in California found that conifer …

Biology

New Strategies for Communities in the Wildfire-Prone West

Imagine this: a fire breaks out near a community at the edge of woods adjoining a forested wildland. Firefighters stand by, monitoring its progress. …

Forests

Gatlinburg's Inferno: Why It Started, How It Spread, and What Needs to Happen Next - The Knoxville Mercury

Thomas Fraser<p>University of Tennessee office of geography professor Henri Grissino-Mayer<p><i>Read more about the Gatlinburg fire here.</i><p>A tree segment helps …

Giant Gatlinburg-Sized Wildfires May Be the New Normal

The 2015 wildfire season in the United States broke records, with more than 10 million acres burned<p>Wildfires at the edge of Great Smoky Mountains …

Predicting a wildfire with data from space

<b>(for more about Power Words, click</b> <b>here</b><b>)</b><p><b>aeronautics</b> The study of flight and development — or refinement — of craft to move through air or …

Science

Let It Burn: The Forest Service Wants to Stop Putting Out Some Fires

California’s fire season hasn’t turned out to be as bad as some feared this year. In fact, forest managers say that certain kinds of fires — the …

Forests

Recreating wildfires | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis

Wildfires, such as California’s summer-long Soberanes Fire, are being recreated in a third-floor aerosols laboratory in Brauer Hall on the campus of …

Climate

As Western US Forest Fires Expand, Plenty Of Blame To Go Around

On June 8, 2006, lightning sparked the Kaibab Plateau. Several days later the Warm Fire blew past its boundaries, jumped a road and stranded visitors …

Wildfire management vs. suppression benefits forest and watershed

An unprecedented 40-year experiment in Yosemite National Park, led by a team of Berkeley civil and environmental engineers, strongly supports the …

Forests

Lessons learned — and ignored — from a fire that destroyed 3,450 homes

For Jim and Veronica Harris, the morning of Oct. 20, 1991, in the hills just above Oakland, Calif., was hot, dry and ominously windy. From the third-story balcony of their home on Estates Drive, they watched as a tall cloud of gray and black smoke marched steadily toward them. Soon, they began to …

Oakland

25 years later: Oakland hills ripe for another firestorm

Twenty-five years after a horrific firestorm killed 25 people and wiped out nearly 3,500 homes in the Oakland hills, the conditions are ripe once …