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One Dead as Sweden's Forest Fire Rages On

August 05, 2014

One man appears to have died in Sweden's largest forest fire in more than 40 years, authorities said Tuesday, as a heat wave across several regions of northern Europe hampers firefighting efforts.

The man in his 30s was found dead on a road north of Stabäck, Västmanland. His body was badly burned, but an identity card that he was carrying matched that of a man reported missing by relatives.

The huge blaze raging in the center of the country was declared a national emergency Monday night and currently engulfs an area of 15,000 hectares northwest of Sala, about 120 kilometers northwest of Stockholm.

Northeast California wildfire destroys 8 homes

August 04, 2014

A pair of wildfires burning without restraint about 8 miles apart in northeast California became the focus of state and federal firefighters Sunday as authorities reported that one of the blazes had destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation of a small long-term care hospital.

The two fires, among 14 burning in the state, started within a day of each other in Lassen National Forest and had expanded into private property and scorched nearly 95 square miles as of Sunday evening, up from 39 square miles a day earlier...

1 Year Later, Scientists Find Yosemite Rim Fire Left Behind A Sierra Moonscape

August 04, 2014

A fire that raged in forest land in and around Yosemite National Park has left a contiguous barren moonscape in the Sierra Nevada mountains that experts say is larger than any burned in centuries.
The fire has consumed about 400 square miles, and within that footprint are a solid 60 square miles that burned so intensely that everything is dead, researchers said.
“In other words, it’s nuked,” said Jay Miller, senior wildland fire ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service. “If you asked most of the fire ecologists working in the Sierra Nevada, they would call this unprecedented.”

New wildfire science shows that small steps can save homes, communities

August 01, 2014

When a wildfire swept through 2,000 acres in the hills north of San Diego, California, in May, it left behind a curious checkerboard of destruction. One neighborhood was reduced to ashes and twisted metal. But houses nearby suffered little more than scorched grass and singed trees.

Captain Richard Cordova of the state firefighting agency, Cal Fire, visited the scene and quickly hit on one explanation for the fire's apparent favoritism.

Many of the homes that survived had little flammable brush in the area immediately around them. But others had dry grass and shrubs within feet of the walls. "Those were the ones that unfortunately did burn down," Cordova said.

Colorado leads country for share of homes most vulnerable to wildfires. Texas and California have the most property vulnerable to wildfire

July 31, 2014

More than 200,000 Colorado homes are highly vulnerable to wildfires, according to a proprietary scale developed by CoreLogic, a California-based provider of real estate and financial information.

That represents more than one out of 10 Colorado homes, the highest ratio found in any state. The value of those high-risk homes is estimated at $38.2 billion.

The next-most-exposed states are Montana, at 9.1 percent of homes, and Oregon, at 8 percent. In dollar terms, Texas and California have the most property vulnerable to wildfire.

Northern California Wildfire Destroys 10 Homes

July 28, 2014

Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

Northwest Wildfires: More than 940,000 acres burn in Oregon and Washington

July 20, 2014

Thousands of acres burn in Western wildfires

July 17, 2014

A rash of wildfires spreading across parched Western states prompted two governors to declare states of emergency and forced evacuations from hundreds of homes.

Evacuations ordered in Washington state wildfire

July 10, 2014

Firefighters have told residents of about 100 homes in the state they should evacuate because of a threatening wildfire.

California wildfire burns on, in triple-digit heat

July 07, 2014

Crews battling a wildfire Monday in a rugged patch of far Northern California faced another day of triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds as officials warned the flames could again threaten homes.