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2014-05-13 08:24:49

ASHLAND, Ore., May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fire scientists are releasing a new synthesis of the ecological benefits of large wildfires, including those that kill most vegetation in fire-adapted forests, grasslands, and shrub lands of the western U.S. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140512/86768Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140512/86755 These benefits are described in a Prezi presentation, "Fireside Chat: Lessons from Fire Ecology and Post-fire...

More Frequent, Bigger Wildfires Burning Western US
2014-04-18 12:26:10

American Geophysical Union Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years – a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research. The number of wildfires over 1,000 acres in size in the region stretching from Nebraska to California increased by a rate of seven fires a year from 1984 to 2011, according to a new study...

2014-04-11 16:20:30

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's statewide trout season begins on April 12, prompting the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to urge anglers and other woodland visitors to take steps to prevent wildfires. "We ask trout anglers and other visitors to be extremely careful because fire danger ranges from high to very high across much of the state," DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti said. "One act of carelessness could prove disastrous among...

2014-03-13 16:23:30

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed March 16-22 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Pennsylvania, noting drying March winds and warming temperatures quickly can combine to increase fire dangers across Pennsylvania's forests and brush lands. "Much of our state woodlands still may have snow cover but one only has to look back to last spring to see how quickly brush and forest fires can spring up when sun and wind prevail," Corbett...

2014-03-12 12:22:05

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the approach of spring and increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, federal grants are now available to help Pennsylvania's rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas. "Warming temperatures, sunny days and strong winds soon will usher in wildfire dangers that emphasize the value of having well-trained and well-equipped local firefighting...

2014-03-07 20:22:46

Unusual Southern California weather patterns increase the risk of wildfire, so protect your property and those within your care with Global Fire Technologies, Inc. LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents of Los Angeles and surrounding areas have always lived with a greater risk of fire than those in most cities, due to the city's high population and characteristically dry climate. That's why so many residents have come to trust the experts at Global Fire Technologies,...

2014-02-21 20:21:11

The Fire Protection Group, Inc. team provides Southern Californians with the measures they need to defend against an increased threat of wildfire. LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- George Saadian and his team at Fire Protection Group, Inc. know that fire prevention requires constant vigilance, as the threat of wild fire can come from almost anywhere. For years, their reputation has grown, due in large part to the expertise they've show while providing fire sprinklers and...

2013-11-26 14:07:57

As trees grow larger in even-aged stands, competition develops among them. Competition weakens trees, as they contend for soil moisture, nutrients, and sunlight. Competition also increases trees’ risk to bark beetles and diseases, and subsequently leads to a buildup of dead fuels. A recent study, led by Dr. Jianwei Zhang, research forester at the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, considered if the onset of this risk could be determined. The study, which appears in...

Forest Fire Predictor Model
2013-11-14 16:16:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just as forest fire season appear to be winding down, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Maryland have developed a new computer model that can constantly update daylong predictions during extensive blazes, according to a new report in an online issue of Geophysical Research Letters. “With this technique, we believe it’s possible to continually issue good forecasts throughout a...

Wildfire Smoke Poses Health Risks
2013-10-28 05:11:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The increasing number of wildfires occurring throughout the US in recent summers has been sending carbon monoxide and other toxins into the atmosphere, causing respiratory issues among people living far from the affected areas, scientists with an environmental group warned late last week. According to Wendy Koch of USA Today, more than 200 million Americans (or two-thirds of the country’s population) lived in regions that had...


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  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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