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

Structural Survival, May June 2017

<b>Structure Survival</b><p><b>Heavy losses in recent wildfires in California and Canada raise a central question: How can we better protect homes and other</b> …

Fort McMurray

In 'Land on Fire,' author tracks the rise of mega-wildfires in the West

<b>By Michael Upchurch | For The Oregonian/OregonLive</b><p>In August 2015 you could smell the smoke in the streets of downtown Portland, Seattle and …

Pacific Northwest

'Era of Megafires' Promotes Prescribed Burns, Proactive Fire Planning

For Flathead Valley resident Charlotte Chrisman, wildfire on her private land is not a question of if, but when. "It's like, you know, have you hit a …

Ryan Zinke

Estimating Wildfire Risk with a New Tool

When a wildfire breaks out, firefighters hope to put it out as quickly as possible to protect lives and property. They’re most successful in …

Climate Change

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 …

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Blizzard of embers sparked fires that burned Fort McMurray homes last year

A wildfire expert says a blizzard of blazing embers that were blown by the wind over fireguards and a river sparked the flames that destroyed homes in Fort McMurray last spring and then spread the destruction deeper into neighbourhoods.<p>Alan Westhaver says the embers ignited combustible material …

Fort McMurray

Scientists examine impact of high-severity fires on conifer forests | Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

The ability of some Western conifer forests to recover after severe fire may become increasingly limited as the climate continues to warm, scientists …

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 …

Ecology

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 …

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 …

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 …

Climate Change

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, …

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 …

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.

Ecology

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 …

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. …

Wildfires: An expanding threat?

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

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 …

New Mexico

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, …

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 …

Observing wildfire smoke plumes from space

Recent wildfires in Chile had a devastating impact on the country, its people and the environment.

Ecology

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 Change

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?

Wildfires