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

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

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, …

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 …

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 …

Geography

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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> …

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 …

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

Forests

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 …

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. …

Extinction

Devastating wildfires in Eastern forests likely to be repeated, expert warns

The intense wildfires that swept through the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee late last month were a tragic melding of the past and the future, …

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 …

National Parks

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 …

Gatlinburg, Tennessee Has Burned And Weather Played A Role

I awoke to the news that wildfires had burned much of the mountainous forests around Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Pigeon Forge area. However, I didn’t appreciate the full scope of this disaster until I started seeing tweets and posts that much of the historic town of Gatlinburg itself had also …

Climate

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 …

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 …