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Florida declares state of emergency as wildfires scorch parts of state

April 11, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott said the proclamation will make it easier for state, regional and local agencies to "quickly work together to protect our families, visitors and communities" as authorities battle more than 100 wildfires around the state.

UT professor using award money to warn of wildfires

April 10, 2017

The University of Tennessee professor who predicted the devastating Sevier County wildfires of late last year has won an award.

The university has named Henri Grissino-Mayer a James R. Cox professor, and with that comes $25,500 over the course of three years.

Devastation from Wildfires Still Burns Across TX, OK, KS

April 03, 2017

Some of the worst wildfires on record raged across the Texas panhandle, Kansas plains, and Oklahoma countryside in March. Although fires are contained, the effects are not as easily extinguished.

Devastating. That’s how Danny Nusser, regional program leader for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service described the wildfires.

Dry Conditions Spark Wildfires, Parch Wheat Across Central U.S.

March 09, 2017

Spring warmth and dry conditions came early to the central U.S. leaving emerging crops thirsty for rain and touching off fires across the region.

The 3,100 acres (1,255 hectares) of winter wheat on Michael Peters’s farm in Okarche, Oklahoma, have begun to develop about 10 days ahead of schedule amid the above-normal temperatures, he said. While showers last month aided the crop, it was followed by warm, windy weather that pulls moisture from the soil meaning the young plants will need another rain soon.

Smokey Bear is right: 84 percent of wildfires are caused by humans, new study finds

March 06, 2017

So about 84 percent of the time, it’s true what Smokey Bear says: Only you can prevent wildfires.

That’s the number researchers attribute to human causes of the conflagrations, the Press-Enterprise newspaper of Riverside, California reported Sunday, citing a new study on the matter.

City of Gatlinburg thriving despite recent wildfires

March 06, 2017

Despite the recent wildfires that engulfed parts of Gatlinburg, city leaders say the tourist city is now thriving.

Marci Claude from the city of Gatlinburg says the burned areas affected thousands of residential areas that residents are currently rebuilding. She is encouraging the public to return for their vacations and family trips.

What's The Leading Cause Of Wildfires In The U.S.?

February 27, 2017

Wildfires can start when lightning strikes or when someone fails to put out a campfire. New research shows that people start a lot more fires than lightning does — so much so that people are drastically altering wildfire in America.

Fire ecologist Melissa Forder says about 60 percent of fires in national parks are caused by humans: "intentionally set fires, buildings burning and spreading into the forest, smoking, equipment malfunctions and campfires."

Humans have dramatically increased extent, duration of wildfire season

February 27, 2017

Humans have dramatically increased the spatial and seasonal extent of wildfires across the U.S. in recent decades and ignited more than 840,000 blazes in the spring, fall and winter seasons over a 21-year period, according to new University of Colorado Boulder-led research. a NASA satellite image showing fires in California

After analyzing two decades’ worth of U.S. government agency wildfire records spanning 1992-2012, the researchers found that human-ignited wildfires accounted for 84 percent of all wildfires, tripling the length of the average fire season and accounting for nearly half of the total acreage burned.

Crews Battling 2 Wildfires in Southeastern Oklahoma

February 02, 2017

Crews are battling two wildfires in rural eastern Oklahoma that have burned more than 10 square miles combined.

Oklahoma Forestry Services fire management chief Mark Goeller said the first fire in Haskell County was about 50 percent contained as of Thursday afternoon, but might continue to burn for another two days. Goeller said no homes or other structures were immediately threatened.

Worst wildfires in Chile's history continue to burn

January 31, 2017

As of Jan. 31, there were 111 active fires ongoing throughout the country. More than 1.4 million acres have been burned since July 1 of 2016 with most occurring in the last two months.