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2013-08-30 10:21:55

NASA The Wallow Fire burned over 500,000 acres, making it the largest fire in Arizona history, to date. It is one of many large fires that fire managers and researchers have seen scorch forests nationwide since the early 2000s. "We have entered a new era where we're definitely seeing higher fire activity,” said Philip Dennison, a geographer at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. With busy fire seasons, scientists and fire managers are interested in how and why fire frequency,...

Wildfires Can Burn Hot Without Ruining Soil
2013-04-24 08:52:48

American Geophysical Union When scientists torched an entire 22-acre watershed in Portugal in a recent experiment, their research yielded a counterintuitive result: Large, hot fires do not necessarily beget hot, scorched soil. It´s well known that wildfires can leave surface soil burned and barren, which increases the risk of erosion and hinders a landscape´s ability to recover. But the scientists´ fiery test found that the hotter the fire–and the denser the...

2012-01-18 21:28:22

Clearing vegetation close to houses is the best way to reduce impacts of severe bushfires, according to a team of scientists from Australia and the USA who examined house loss after as a result of Black Saturday, when a series of fires raged across the Australian state of Victoria, killing 173 and injuring 414. The research involving 12,000 measurements at 500 houses affected by the Black Saturday fires was only made possible by the sheer size of the devastation of February 7, 2009....

Image 1 - Savannas And Forests In A Battle Of The Biomes: Princeton
2011-11-01 08:09:10

Climate change, land use and other human-driven factors could pit savannas and forests against each other by altering the elements found by Princeton University researchers to stabilize the two. Without this harmony, the habitats, or biomes, could increasingly encroach on one other to the detriment of the people and animals that rely on them. The Princeton researchers reported this month in the journal Science that savanna wildfires, combined with climate conditions, maintain the distinct...

Tree Rings Provide Information About Past Forest Fires
2011-09-08 04:39:30

  A researcher from Texas A&M University had published research showing how tree rings can provide clues to events such as forest fires, some of which might date back hundreds of years. According to a September 7 press release from the College Station university, Associate Geography Professor Charles Lafon has worked with forests in the southern and central Appalachian Mountains. In fact, he states that he had identified one tree which allegedly had experienced more than a...

2011-03-17 09:36:00

Year One results in reducing wildfire concerns for nearby communities and takes steps to preserve Barrens unique habitat STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced they plan to begin the second phase of controlled burns on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Land 176 in Patton, Ferguson and Halfmoon Townships, Centre County, to improve habitat conditions within this unique ecosystem. This year, the Game Commission has...

2010-10-20 14:39:00

MIAMI, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Assurant Solutions and Assurant Specialty Property have joined forces with The Nature Conservancy to provide land managers with a new tool to help them determine when and how to use prescribed fire to maintain healthy habitats and ecosystems. "Controlled burns" help keep non-native, invasive species in check and natural areas from becoming overgrown. In partnership with the Nature Conservancy, Assurant Solutions and Assurant Specialty Property sponsored...

2010-08-26 13:48:30

A study conducted by U.S. Forest Service and University of Washington (UW) scientists has found that fuel treatments"”even of only a few acres"”can reduce fire severity and protect older trees desirable for their timber, wildlife, and carbon-storage value. The finding is part of a three-year study of the 175,000-acre Tripod Fire and is published in the August issue of Canadian Journal of Forest Research. "This study provides the most definitive evidence yet of the effectiveness of...

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2010-04-06 13:25:19

A new study reconstructing thousands of years of fire history in the southern Appalachians supports the use of prescribed fire, or controlled burns, as a tool to reduce the risk of wildfires, restore and maintain forest health and protect rare ecological communities in the region's forests. Duke University researchers used radiocarbon analysis of 82 soil charcoal samples dating from 1977 to more than 4,000 years ago to reconstruct the fire history of a 25-acre site in the Nantahala National...


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