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

Spotting the danger of long-distance firebrands

Our response<p>Barking up the right tree<p>Our scientists investigated the various shapes of the most likely type of bark under wildfire conditions to …

Science

Pine beetles from Jasper National Park now infesting commercial forest

Foresters along the park's edge have seen a tenfold increase in beetle infestation<p>A massive and uncontrollable buildup of mountain pine beetles in …

Canada

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Megafires, individual fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are on the rise in the western United States — the direct result of unintentional yet …

Nature

The Problem With Wildfires: There Aren't Enough Of Them, Study Finds

Burn scars left after major wildfires can look pretty bleak. But take a couple million steps back and you’ll find those fires aren’t keeping up with …

Oregon

Canada doesn’t need to fight every wildfire

<i>Glenn McGillivray is the managing director at the Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction</i><p>Any discussion about how we can better approach the paradoxical challenges presented by wildfires is timely given that B.C. just came off its worst year ever for hectares burned, large fires continue to char …

Santa Ana

Searing Lessons: How the 2007 Wildfires Changed San Diego County

(TNS) - To grasp the power and terror of the 2007 firestorms — a 27-day ordeal that began 10 years ago this weekend— you had to be there.<p>You had to …

California

As wildfires expand, fire science needs to keep up

In the month of October nearly 250,000 acres, more than 8,000 homes and over 40 people fell victim to fast-moving wildfires in Northern California, …

Climate

An early warning system to forecast the close of the spring burning window from satellite-observed greenness

Altmetric: 38<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Paul D. Pickell ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-4969-0279,<br>• Nicholas C. Coops,<br>• Colin J. Ferster,<br>• Christopher W. …

Climate Change

New wildfire early warning system could prevent spring blazes

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new early warning system to predict when and where human-caused wildfires are most …

Ecology

Why California Fires Matter – To Everyone

Are we finally going to adopt sensible fire policies?

California Wildfires

Can Better Planning Prevent California From Going up in Flames?

Blazes in California’s wine country reveal key policy gaps, and the need to rethink urban fire risk.<p>We recently witnessed the wind-driven Tubbs fire blast its way through densely urbanized neighborhoods in Northern California, causing dozens of fatalities and thousands of home losses. This tragic …

Zoning

More 'Beasts' like the Fort McMurray fire ready to pounce in future

In November of 2016, author Edward Struzik took a trip to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park with two wildfire specialists, not to …

Edmonton

The world ablaze

How Will The Wildfires Of Today Fuel The Fires Of Tomorrow?

This year, 50,000 wildfires have burned 8.5 million of acres of land in the United States. California, Washington, Oregon, and Montana currently have …

Should We Rebuild Homes in Wildfire Zones?

If Northern California’s famous wineries could survive Prohibition, there’s no doubt they’ll make it through this year’s wildfires. That’s the …

Southeast Texas

Prepare for larger, longer wildfires

Climate change makes land management more urgent than ever, says Kathie Dello.<p>Neighbourhoods burned this week in northern California, with more than …

Climate Change

Minutes to Escape: How One California Wildfire Damaged So Much So Quickly

The conditions that led to the deadly fires in Northern California.

California Wildfires

Stark Evidence: A Warmer World Is Sparking More and Bigger Wildfires

The increase in forest fires, seen this summer from North America to the Mediterranean to Siberia, is directly linked to climate change, scientists …

Climate Change

Chasing the Flame: Does Media Coverage of Wildfires Probe Deeply Enough?

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>It is the dry season in …

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, …

Climate Change

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 …

Edvard Munch

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 …

The Terrifying Physics Of How Wildfires Spread So Fast

At about 3:30 PM on a Saturday afternoon, Kevin Marnell was hiking along Eagle Creek in the scenic Columbia Gorge, along the border between Oregon and Washington. The National Scenic Area has been protected for over 30 years and contains the only navigable river to run through the Cascade Mountain …

Oregon

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 …

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 …

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 …

Climate Change

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 …

Climate Change

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 …

Ecology