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May 17, 2016
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.
May 04, 2016
The sky in northern Alberta's Fort McMurray resembled a wall of fire and smoke Wednesday as a mammoth inferno swallowed parts of the Canadian city.
April 25, 2016
A blaze near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line has burned almost 1,100 acres.
April 23, 2016
The NC Department of Transportation has closed portions of US Highway 264 for public safety. By Thursday morning, it had consumed 14,000 acres and officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were planning another update this morning.
STODDARD, N.H. —A red-flag warning remains in effect for most of New Hampshire because the risk of wildfire is high.
April 12, 2016
Brush fires have burned hundreds of acres across the state during an unusually dry spring, firefighters said. So far this year, more than 30 brush fires have broken out and burned about 340 acres.
Stoddard is still reeling after a member of the fire department was accused of starting the fire that burned nearly 200 acres.
The first Alaska wildfire of 2016 broke out in late February, followed by a second there just eight days later.
April 11, 2016
New Mexico has had 140 fires this year, double the number in the same period last year, fueled by one of the warmest, driest winters on record.
Fire crews battled wildfires that burned Sunday afternoon within yards of several homes in a Daytona Beach neighborhood near LPGA Boulevard.
Units from the Daytona Beach Fire Department, Volusia County Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service responded to the 200 block of Thornberry Branch Lane in the Bayberry Lakes subdivision around 4:30 p.m. after a brush fire began in the woods just east of the housing development.