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

Amid B.C.'s worst wildfire season in recent memory, solutions for a future filled with 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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Support grows for thinning trees to combat forest fires as wildfires scorch West

DENVER — With wildfires already raging through the West, House Republicans took a chainsaw Tuesday to federal regulations that have created a …

Environment

NASA-supported tool is accelerating wildfire recovery

In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Miller led an Applied Sciences project that developed an online tool called the Rapid Response Erosion …

Ecology

Wildfires May Be More Toxic Than Scientists Thought

Researchers had to fly a plane through a smoke plume to realize this.<p>It was a hot Monday in August 2013, just before dawn. A team of scientists stood on the tarmac in Houston. They had the keys to an unusual aircraft: a NASA-owned DC-8 jumbo jet with a laboratory inside it.<p>They made for a large and …

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Wildfires used to be rare in the Great Plains. They’ve more than tripled in 30 years

The grasslands of U.S. Great Plains have seen one of the sharpest increases in large and dangerous wildfires in the past three decades, with their numbers more than tripling between 1985 and 2014, according to new research.<p>The new study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found …

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Climate change is burning a hole in Forest Service funds

– Climate change appears to be fueling more wildfires as forest service officials are increasingly concerned they don't have the funds to effectively …

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In the Path of Fire

More than 100M Americans live in or near forests and grasslands that can erupt in flames. Steve Inskeep reports on fighting wildfires, which cost …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Why fighting wildfires often fails -- and what to do about it

Fighting wildfires in America cost federal agencies almost $2 billion last year including more than half the budget of the U.S. Forest Service. …

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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> …

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 …

'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 …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …