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

The West Is on Fire. Get Used to It.

A fire ecologist explains why this summer’s wildfires are so dramatic, and why the West will have to learn to live with a more severe burning season.<p>The West is burning, and there’s no relief in sight. More than 80 large wildfires are raging in an area covering more than 1.4 million acres, …

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Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke

OAKLAND, Calif. — This was the summer that the forests turned red. From the fir and hemlock stands of Puget Sound to the oak and pine groves of California, the light in the woods has gone all kinds of wrong. The greens have been replaced by oranges, the normal hues vaporized in the smoke that has …

British Columbia

Why wildfires are raging so close to U.S. cities this year

A confluence of factors has sparked one of the U.S.'s most active wildfire seasons in recent memory, upheaving thousands of residents, and generating …

Weather

The Terrifying Physics Of How Wildfires Spread So Fast

The Eagle Creek fire has now spread to engulf over 10,000 acres, has caused the evacuations of thousands of families, and millions of dollars in property damage. The terrain itself will take decades to recover.<p>At about 3:30 PM on a Saturday afternoon, Kevin Marnell was hiking along Eagle Creek in …

Weather

Report released about wildfire that burned into Gatllinburg

On August 31 the National Park Service released the long anticipated report about the wildfire that burned from Great Smoky Mountains National Park …

National Parks

Computer modeling helps us learn to live with wildland fires

SANTA FE, N.M. — Wildland fires play an important role in many ecosystems, yet in the western United States, land managers have spent a century …

Albuquerque

Wildfires' hidden energy revealed by lidar sensor

Scientists using Doppler lidar to measure air currents and vortices created by uncontrolled blazes show why big fires spread more easily<p>There has been a rash of severe wildfires this year, in Europe, the US and elsewhere. A new study, using data on 23 wildfires in America’s western states, shows …

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Record fire years sow seeds of severe future fires, scientists say

The increasing frequency of record-breaking fire seasons playing out in B.C. is sowing the seeds for severe fire seasons to come, according to the …

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Portugal Forest Fires Worsen, Fed by Poor Choices and Inaction

OLEIROS, Portugal — When Portugal’s deadliest wildfire killed more than 60 people in June not far from the hamlet where Daniel Muralha lives, it was just the pensioner’s latest brush with death.<p>In 2003, Mr. Muralha, 77, narrowly survived a huge forest fire that engulfed his house. In 2015, a fire …

Forestry

Scientists say nation must choose: Planned fires or more unchecked wildfires?

The harder we struggle against wildfires, the deeper we sink, like we’re in quicksand, says Mark Finney, research forester for the U.S Forest …

Some wildfires simply can't be fought

There is a cadence to fire season and a predictability to the headlines: A wildfire is burning, homes are threatened, residents are urged to evacuate.<p>We’ve grown used to watching the air-and-ground assaults. The image of a DC-10 dumping retardant on burning brush is an indelible symbol of our …

Wildfires

Boulder author warns of more 'megafires' on nation's horizon

As the seven-year anniversary of the devastating Fourmile Fire approaches, a new book by a Boulder author advances the proposition that so-called …

Boulder

An insider's perspective on the science behind wildfires

As climate change continues to have an impact on the ecology of landscapes across the world, wildfires in Arizona have become more frequent and more …

Ecology

Moving Beyond "Fire Bad" — Wildfire, forest management, and its impact on healthy watersheds

[Image credit: USFS Region 5 (CC BY 2.0)].<p>Fire in California's Sierra Nevada mountains<p>Hearkening back to Smokey the Bear, many of us tend to think …

Recreating forests of the past isn't enough to fix our wildfire problem

<i>Tiger, tiger, burning bright</i><p><i>In the forests of the night…</i><p>— William Blake<p>There is general agreement that America’s landscapes, certainly its wildlands, …

Wildfire Season Is Scorching the West

The West is ablaze as the summer wildfire season has gotten off to an intense start. More than 37,000 fires have burned more than 5.2 million acres …

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World on fire: What wildfires teach us about living in the forest and a challenging climate - Home | Ideas with Paul Kennedy

They're bigger, faster and hotter than before, torching more of our world: Wildfires, like those now ravaging the interior of British Columbia, the …

Fort McMurray

Wildfires Will Only Get More Devastating If We Don't Make Big Changes

Here we go again.Last year it was more than 2,000 homes lost and 80,000 evacuated from the Fort McMurray fire. This year it's the same story: homes …

Climate

Climate change will feed wildfires: experts

Out-of-control wildfires like the ones that brought destruction to southern Europe, North America and parts of South Africa in recent weeks will …

Climate Change

Amid B.C.'s worst wildfire season in recent memory, solutions arise for future fires

British Columbia's wildfire season is shaping up to be the worst and most expensive in recent memory, a costly and destructive problem fast becoming the norm in Western Canada.<p>The season will last more than another month in B.C., but more than $125-million has been spent fighting fires that have …

Climate

How wildfires could radically change forests — and your life

A lonely bird call breaks my concentration and I glance upward. Where glacier-topped mountains should be filling the horizon, instead my view is …

Wildfires Are on the Rise and Technology Can’t Stop Them

We’re getting better at tracking and predicting fires. But when it comes to the biggest, deadliest blazes, there isn’t much to do but evacuate.<p>Wildfires are raging in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada, causing over 40,000 people to evacuate their homes. With the hotter, drier conditions …

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Big Canadian Forest Fires Past to Present – Brandon Pullan REALTOR® at RE/Max Alpine Realty

Canada has nearly 10 per cent of the world’s forests and each year about 7,500 forest fires take place. In total about 2.5 million hectares burn …

Lightning storms predicted to spark more fires in North American boreal forests

Lightning storms are a major driver of large fire years in the Northwest Territories and Alaska, according to a study recently published in the …

Climate Change

Major conflagrations such as those that erupted in recent years in Canada, the United States, Russia, and Portugal could become more frequent and more intense, reaching a point where fire suppression becomes of little help.

Credit: Scott Olson/Getty ImagesClimate change could more than double the odds of uncontrollable fires in Canada’s vast forests, producing conditions …

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We created B.C.’s wildfire problem – and we can fix it

<i>Lori Daniels is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences. Robert Gray is a fire ecologist in Chilliwack, B.C. David Bowman is a global expert on pyrogeography in Australia.</i><p>Wildfire has become a wicked problem – as witnessed in …

British Columbia

Era of megafires: How do you want your smoke? How do you want your fire?

Paul Hessburg had studied wildfires for three decades when he saw the very scenario he dreads most unfold in his hometown of Wenatchee, Washington.<p>He …

Research finds air tankers oftentimes not effective against wildfires

The queen of the sky in firefighting is the DC-10 air tanker. The tankers are able to spread fire retardant or water nearly a mile long. Fire expert, …

Groundwater Could Play a Major Role in Controlling and Preventing Forest Fires

A recent study puts forth a new factor for judging the flammability of forests: groundwater.In this photograph taken on September 24th, 2015, …

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