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Austin Fire Department using new 3-D tool to educate residents about wildfire risk

December 05, 2017

Representatives from the Austin Fire Department presented a 3-D wildfire simulation to members of Northwest Austin-based Jester Homeowners Association on Saturday, Dec. 2 in preparation for an upcoming webinar available to the public.

Wildfires spread in California: Follow the latest

December 05, 2017

What we know now.

Santa Paula residents eye approaching flames with trepidation

December 05, 2017

Darlene Gonzalez stood in a neighbor’s driveway in Santa Paula, clutching her phone in both hands as she recorded video of the Thomas fire moving down a hillside, toward her home.

For hours, flames had been creeping down the hill, leaving trees and chaparral blackened and smoldering. Gonzalez's house — the tan one with the big brown porch — stood untouched, but flames burned about 40 feet away.

Wildfire potential, December through March

December 02, 2017

On December 1 the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center issued their Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for December 2017 through March 2018. The data represents the cumulative forecasts of the ten Geographic Area Predictive Services Units and the National Predictive Services Unit.

As Western governors gather, wildfires and disasters are a big part of the agenda

December 01, 2017

As wildfires — deadly, destructive, depressing — continue to wreak havoc across the West, governors and local elected officials are trying to work together to combat them.

On Friday, that collaboration was on display at the Western Governors’ Assn. conference in Phoenix as leaders of states ravaged by wildfires — red states and blue states alike — discussed ways to prevent future destruction by working with one another and the federal government.

Report highlights links between wildfires, climate change and health

November 07, 2017

As a long and brutal fire season in California starts to wind down, Climate Central issued a report that lays out links between climate change, wildfire, and health effects. The report, titled Western Wildfires Undermining Progress on Air Pollution, analyzes air quality trends from 2000 through 2016 in two large California air basins — the Sacramento Valley and the San Joaquin Valley — that are heavily affected by pollution.

Tough choice for wildfire survivors: Rebuild fast or better?

November 07, 2017

The most destructive complex of wildfires in California history wreaked most of its damage and deaths among housing subdivisions in this San Francisco Bay Area bedroom town, leaving survivors with little but white ash and hard choices: Rebuild quickly as things were, rebuild defensively against future fires, or abandon some burned neighborhoods entirely as lethal mistakes in the country's most wildfire-prone state.

Pigeon Forge unveils monument for wildfire first responders

November 07, 2017

Fire officials come to Boise to learn about protecting homes from wildfires

November 07, 2017

We have seen the mass devastation wildfires can wreak on neighborhoods, most recently in Northern California where several infernos torched more than 14,000 homes and killed over 40 people.

Fortunately, there are some precautions homeowners can take to better protect their houses and themselves.

Thursday, state foresters from across the nation came to Boise and toured the foothills to get a glimpse of what makes some homes better protected than others.

California wildfires have killed 40 people; dozens still missing as firefighters make progress

October 15, 2017

Firefighters made significant progress Sunday on two of the biggest wildfires raging across Northern California, but officials cautioned that they still face major challenges.