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March 06, 2016
Thousands of acres burned through Osage and Washington counties on Sunday as crews from nearly a dozen agencies did their best to get the wildfire under control.
February 12, 2016
After the costliest of wildfire seasons ravaged the West last year, with three catastrophic blazes ripping through Lake County, the U.S. Forest Service may be headed for a showdown with Congress over how to cover the surging bill.
February 09, 2016
The Air Force Academy has a new designation tonight - it's a Firewise community.
January 17, 2016
Wildfires scorched a vast swath of the American wilderness last year. But whether the 10 million acres that burned is a record, as the Obama administration recently announced, or an exaggeration, as some environmentalists claim, is a source of heated debate in a long-running fight over how to manage the nation’s forests.
January 04, 2016
New numbers released by the National Interagency Fire Center show a record year for wildfires in the U.S. More than 10 million acres burned nationally, and more than half of that land was in Alaska.
December 24, 2015
Colorado's investment in a new wildfire prediction system is on track to be tested in 2016.
December 17, 2015
Researchers say the technology has the potential to make firefighters safer. That's because it combines two models: one that predicts weather and another that predicts fire.
KUNC reports (http://bit.ly/1O5dPaq ) that Colorado will beta test the system pioneered by the Boulder-based National Center for Atmospheric Research, starting late in the 2016 fire season.
Budget legislation headed toward approval by Congress includes an additional $610 million for the U.S. Forest Service to fight wildfires next year but no long-term fix to how the agency, year after year, has had to borrow money from other programs to keep up with the ever-growing cost of fighting fires.
December 06, 2015
A San Francisco-based company wants to turn technology developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory into a global network of satellites that can report a wild fire anywhere in the world within 15 minutes.
December 01, 2015
The FireSat system, built around a low-power sensor that can detect fires once they reach 35 to 50 feet, would notify emergency services within three minutes after the detection. The system of more than 200 satellites would provide almost nonstop wildfire detection from space.
When people think of wildfires, they usually think of California and the mountain west region. But Oklahoma faces wildfire threats as well.
November 30, 2015
Last year alone, two separate wildfires in the state (one of which started as a controlled burn) destroyed 20 homes each; one person was killed. Mark Goeller, assistant director of the Oklahoma Forestry Services knows that even during the winter months, his agency must be on the lookout.
Bushfires in South Australia have generated insured losses of AUS$75m (£36m) as of today.
According to figures from the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), 525 claims have been made so far, and the value of the loss is expected to increase significantly as assessors continue to investigate claims over the coming days.