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

Living on the Edge: Get to Know Your WUI

I first became familiar with the term wildland-urban interface, or WUI (pronounced “WOO-EE”), 10 years ago while I was doing my master’s thesis …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Insurers take a hard look at California and see growing wildfire risk

After the wildfire disasters in California, it may be tougher for some homeowners in canyon and hillside areas of the state to keep their current …

Santa Rosa

Fire Ecology's Lessons for a More Resilient Future

A few times a year, Edward Willie tends to the last remaining dogbane patch in Sonoma County. Situated on a three-acre preserve bordering Highway 101 …

Sonoma County

The grim scope of 2017’s California wildfire season is now clear. The danger’s not over.

<b>Analysis</b> Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events.<p>D.C.<p>(for scale)<p>10 MILES<p>D.C.<p>(for scale)<p>10 MILES<p>D.C.<p>(for scale)<p>10 MILES<p>The wildfires that raced across California in 2017 caused historic levels of death and …

California

California Needs to Rethink Urban Fire Risk, Starting With Where it Builds Houses

This fall’s massive, deadly California fires reveal key gaps in policy and planning related to assessing risk in fire-prone environments, says fire …

Santa Ana

After California's most destructive fire season, a debate over where to rebuild homes - news - Suddenlink

Dec. 18-- After a destructive wildfire swept from Calabasas to Malibu in 1993, the head of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy stood on a …

To fight the catastrophic fires of the future, we need to look beyond prescribed burning

California is burning – a sentence we’ve heard far too often this year. Sydney is currently on bushfire alert, as firefighters battle a fire in the …

In a Warming California, a Future of More Fire

<i>Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.</i><p>Severe wildfire seasons like the one that has devastated California this fall may occur more frequently because of climate change, scientists say.<p>“This is looking like the type of year …

California needs to rethink urban fire risk, starting with where it builds houses

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)<p>Max Moritz, University of …

3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

Wildfires in December are the new norm for California.<p>In the West, they are burning hotter and more intensely than ever due to climate change, and the situation is made worse by the explosion of development in fire prone areas and past firefighting decisions. Here are three reasons the fires are …

When It Comes to Wildfires, How Many Times Can We Say the Same Things?

Take two implacable forces. One sends dry winds surging down mountains like an avalanche over combustible brush. The other pushes houses and strip …

It's not just spraying water: How the pros fight wildfires

<b>(CNN) —</b> As wildfires ravaged California this year, thousands of firefighters have taken on the massive task of containing and extinguishing flames over hundreds of thousands of acres.<p>But it's not as simple as showing up and spraying water.<p>"We don't just put blue stuff on the red stuff," said Scott …

California

The Incendiary States of America

As California burns, a map of U.S. wildfires since 1980 reinforces the fact that humans play a major role.<p>California is burning, which is nothing new. But the wildfires now raging in and around Los Angeles—for which President Trump declared a state of emergency on Friday—are coming extraordinarily …

How artificial intelligence could help predict major forest fires

Last spring, Canadians watched, horrified, as residents of Fort McMurray, Alta. were forced to flee their community as a nearby forest fire exploded …

Climate Change

The Firestorm This Time: Why Los Angeles Is Burning

The Thomas Fire spread through the hills above Ventura, in the northern greater Los Angeles megalopolis, with the speed of a hurricane. Driven by 50 …

California

Why the 2017 fire season has been one of California’s worst

Wildfires that ravaged Northern California in October led to 44 deaths and the destruction of over 8,400 structures, including homes and businesses, making their mark as the most destructive wildfires in state history. On Dec. 5, the fast-moving Thomas fire swept into the city of Ventura, burning …

This Town Got Burned By Wildfires. Now They Are Being Asked to Prepare for the Next One.

The resort towns nestled at the base of the Smoky Mountains are experiencing their first—but not last—wildfires.<p>On a warm, clear November Tuesday in …

Political debate heats up as harrowing wildfire season ends

Autumn rains have washed away the smoke of the summer wildfires. But Congress remains embroiled in a high-stakes environmental debate over how to …

The Costs and Losses of Wildfires

This report enumerates all possible costs of wildfire management and wildfire-related losses. It, further, compiles estimates or proposes methods for …

Nature's Response to the Catastrophic California Wildfires

SANTA ROSA, CA. Propelled by gale-force Diablo winds, the devastating wildfire struck the Pepperwood Preserve—a biodiverse “hotspot” that is home to …

Gatlinburg rebuilds and reflects on anniversary of deadly fire

CLOSE<p>University of Tennessee Geography Professor Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer on Gatlinburg tourism and wildfire awareness.<p>GATLINBURG, Tenn. — One year …

Calif. Fire Policies Sidestep One Key Factor: Wind

Los Angeles<p>— After last month’s deadly Northern California wildfires, atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass scanned old weather forecasts, searching for …

How will Canada manage its wildfires in the future?

It’s been a record-setting year for devastating and deadly wildfires across Canada and throughout the world.<p>This year alone, wildfires globally have …

Air attacks, big box couldn't cage fire's surge toward Gatlinburg

CLOSE<p>The firestorm that raged through Gatlinburg on November 28, 2016 claimed the lives of 14 people, destroyed more than 2,500 structures and caused …

Expect more massive wildfires ahead for Canada, warns environment author

In the spring of 2016, a wildfire so unpredictable and intense — fire chief Darby Allen referred to it as "the beast" — raged through Fort McMurray, …

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 …

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 …

Why wildfires have gotten worse -- and what we can do about it

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 …