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2014-05-16 09:15:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online UPDATE: May 16, 2014 (9:15AM CDT) The ongoing California wildfires have apparently claimed their first victim, as firefighters discovered a badly burned body in a transient encampment in Carlsbad, city officials confirmed on Friday. According to Erik Ortiz and Erin McClam of NBC News, the body was found in the area of Ambrosia and Calliandra. The individual has not yet been identified, and officials said that there were no...

2014-05-14 20:21:51

George Saadian and his team at Fire Protection Group, Inc. are an invaluable resource during record heat and drought in Southern California. LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This is proving to be a record year for fire danger in Southern California - and Fire Protection Group, Inc. lead engineer George Saadian has taken note. After suffering a drought last year, the winter months brought little relief, with the first quarter of 2014 - a period that usually provides the...

2014-05-13 08:24:38

Created by U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council in 1944, in partnership with FCB West, Smokey Bear is the center of the longest running PSA campaign in U.S. history WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Smokey Bear, one of the most well-known icons in advertising history, is starring in a new round of public service advertisements (PSAs) to celebrate his 70(th) birthday and further his famous message, "Only You Can Prevent...

2014-04-29 08:27:45

National Wildfire Community Preparation Day is May 3, 2014 BLOOMINGTON, Ill., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wildfires are a serious threat to lives and property. The combination of drought, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years. In 2014 alone, more than 16,400 fires have burned 266,000 acres across the United States. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

FEMA Launches Campaign To Prepare Americans For Natural Disasters
2014-04-29 07:54:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A collaborative campaign has been launched to prepare Americans for natural disasters. The campaign – called “America’s PrepareAthon!” – encourages people around the country to practice preparedness now before the next disaster or national emergency strikes. America’s PrepareAthon! is directed as part of President Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness and is being led by the Federal Emergency...

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...

experimental fires
2014-04-15 03:02:29

Woods Hole Research Center Future simulations of climate in the Amazon suggest a longer dry season leading to more drought and fires. Woods Hole Research Center scientists Michael Coe, Paulo Brando, Marcia Macedo and colleagues have published a new study on the impacts of fire and drought on Amazon tree mortality. Their paper entitled “Abrupt increases in Amazonian tree mortality due to drought-fire interactions,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found...

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...

2014-03-31 16:27:57

WARREN, N.J., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As warmer weather approaches, the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies is encouraging homeowners to take steps now to help protect their homes from wildfires. A prolonged drought in the West has some fire officials worried that 2014 could bring an increase in wildfires after a drop in such activity last year. In 2013, 47,579 reported wildfires burned 4.3 million acres, compared to 67,774 wildfires affecting 9.3 million acres in the prior year,...

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...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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