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Air Force Academy is Firewise

February 09, 2016

The Air Force Academy has a new designation tonight - it's a Firewise community.

Was 2015 a record year for wildfires?

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.

Alaska sees most of acres burned in record year for US wildfires

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.

Colorado's new wildfire prediction system ready for 2016

December 24, 2015

Colorado's investment in a new wildfire prediction system is on track to be tested in 2016.

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.

More Money to Fight Wildfires, but No Long-Term Budget Fix

December 17, 2015

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.

Proposed global satellite network could detect wildfires in 15 minutes

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.

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.

In Oklahoma, fighting fires with better data

December 01, 2015

When people think of wildfires, they usually think of California and the mountain west region. But Oklahoma faces wildfire threats as well.

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.

Insurance losses now valued at AUS $75m following catastrophic wildfires in South Australia

November 30, 2015

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.

Four feared dead in Western Australia bushfires

November 18, 2015

FOUR people have died in bushfires burning in southern Western Australia as a forecast heatwave begins to cause havoc around the country.
WA Police said four people perished near Esperance as they tried to flee the inferno.

One man was discovered in his car, while the other three, a man and two women, were found in a separate vehicle. Their bodies were discovered overnight.

While details of the deceased have not been released, PerthNow reported that locals said that three German backpackers died in the blaze that also claimed the life of a farmer in the Scadden-Salmon Gums region ...

West Views: Never too early to prep for fires

November 15, 2015








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Thinking of building that dream home out in the serene Northwest wilderness?



Well, that’s fine, as long as you’re willing to go to extra lengths to protect it. That’s what federal, Idaho and local officials hope you do, not to mention all of us.

With Idaho escaping one of its worst fire seasons in history, with more than 1,300 fires and about 1,200 square miles burned, officials are asking for a little help to contain these blazes in the future.