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California dead tree ‘emergency’ could fuel wildfires, El Nino floods

November 02, 2015

Calling it “the worst epidemic of tree mortality in modern history,” Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency this week, asking for swift removal of dried-out trees either through controlled burns or as feed for biomass energy plants.

Indonesia's forest fires threaten a third of world's wild orangutans

October 26, 2015

Raging Indonesian forest fires have advanced into dense forest on Borneo and now threaten one third of the world’s remaining wild orangutans, say conservationists.

Ancient Wildfires: Researchers Examine Evolution Of Forest Fires

October 25, 2015

Even though plants first emerged on Earth 400 million years ago, it was not until approximately 80 million years later that wildfires began ripping through forests and grasslands like they do today in California, a new study revealed.

Wildfires in northwestern Louisiana threaten homes

October 14, 2015

Authorities say a series of wildfires have burned more than two square miles in northwestern Louisiana and threatened homes.

Louisiana State Police said in a statement that the fires started Tuesday afternoon in Bienville Parish. KTBS-TV reports dozens of residents in a community called Sheppard Town, about 40 east of Shreveport, had to evacuate. The American Red Cross is assisting.

U.S. Forest Service Pleads: Keep Drones Away From Wildfires

October 14, 2015

A recent public service announcement launched by Cal Fire begs the public to keep hobby drones away from active wildfires, after unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) interfered with containment efforts in the West on at least 25 occasions in 2015.

Austin home to high number of 'firewise' communities

October 14, 2015

The wildfires of 2011 changed a lot of Austin homeowners thinking about protecting their property.

Now, Austin is now home to the most 'firewise' communities in the country. These are neighborhoods that band together to reduce wildfire risk through action.

Two California Wildfires Destroy More Than 1,000 Homes

September 20, 2015

The tally of homes destroyed by two massive Northern California wildfires topped 1,000 Saturday after authorities doing damage assessments in the Sierra Nevada foothills counted another 250 houses destroyed by flames still threatening thousands of more structures.

Wildfires expose risks to isolated seniors

September 19, 2015

Some were pulled from the fire zone by relatives or neighbors, with or without their wheelchairs. At least a handful made the bumpy ride out in the back of a pickup through heavy smoke and fire-blackened debris — thanks to a former paramedic who breached the blockades. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/ap/article/wildfires-expose-risks-to-isolated-seniors#sthash.taB2l2LA.dpuf

California wildfire kills at least 1 person, destroys over 400 homes and businesses

September 14, 2015

A massive wildfire burned largely unchecked Monday after destroying hundreds of homes and other buildings throughout rural towns north of California's Napa Valley, leaving at least one person dead and sending tens of thousands fleeing down flame-lined streets.

As big wildfires become routine, communities face cascading consequences

September 11, 2015

For two weeks in August, western Bonner County residents frantically prepared to evacuate their homes and cleared away brush so that firefighters would have room to work if the Tower Fire did come to their doorsteps.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/09/11/3980048_as-big-wildfires-becomes-routine.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy