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June 21, 2016
Afternoon thunderstorms and erratic winds are challenges for the firefighters at the Beaver Creek wildfire in northern Colorado. Fire managers said they now have 359 firefighters on scene.
June 05, 2016
Brush fires fed by a heat wave and tinder-dry conditions tore through the suburban hills north of Los Angeles on Saturday night, chasing hundreds of residents from their homes.
June 04, 2016
Firefighters are spending the weekend battling several wildfires in California, New Mexico and Arizona.
June 03, 2016
A wildfire is burning nearly 12 square miles in the San Mateo Mountains near Magdalena, which is about 100 miles southwest of Albuquerque. The fire was caused by lightning and is 20 percent contained.
Coronado National Forest officials said crews are dealing with four new wildfires on forest lands in Southern Arizona....
May 17, 2016
This year should bring a ‘normal’ wildfire season in most of the U.S., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday.
May 17, 2016
The problem, Vilsack said, is that the new normal wildfire season is longer and includes tens of thousands of fires burning millions of acres of forest and destroying thousands of homes.
This editorial is not for those who don’t like to be called out for something. This editorial is being written to call attention to a serious problem and to intentionally point fingers.
May 12, 2016
The Forest Service, Navajo and Apache counties, local fire departments and town governments are preparing for a potentially bad fire season. What are you, the private land owner, doing?
May 10, 2016
Austin City Council passed a resolution May 12 that aims to increase wildfire prevention and defense strategies and set a goal of zero fatalities from wildfires.
The resolution was sponsored by District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo who said the Community Wildfire Protection Plan passed in 2014 by City Council was only a starting point in addressing wildfire prevention.
Very often, the difference between saving your home in a wild fire and losing it to the flames is pretty much determined by what you do to prepare your property. The U.S. Forest Service calls it being Fire Wise.
May 10, 2016
I’ve had personal experience in the importance of clearing a wide perimeter around your property to deny fuel—dried wood, grass and trees—to a fire. Back about ten years ago my grandparents’ ranch house near the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County was spared because of a 150-foot clear space between the flames and the house. And this wasn’t the first time that had happened.
Alberta’s unusually early and large fire is just the latest of many gargantuan fires on an Earth that’s grown hotter with more extreme weather.
May 05, 2016
Earlier this year, large wildfires hit spots on opposite ends of the world — Tasmania and Oklahoma-Kansas. Last year, Alaska and California pushed the U.S. to a record 10 million acres burned. Massive fires hit Siberia, Mongolia and China last year and Brazil’s fire season has increased by a month over the past three decades.
Some 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray who have fled the wildfire raging in Alberta, Canada, are now hearing that the fire has destroyed 1,600 homes and other structures. The province is now under a state of emergency; areas around Fort McMurray are also under a boil-water advisory.