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2013-08-29 12:20:46

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In support of crews on the ground, privately operated aerial firefighting companies in the western US were among the first to deploy aircraft to the massive Rim fire in California's Tuolumne County. The fire, which has been active since August 17, is the biggest, currently active wildland fire in the United States, and one of the largest ever in California. Now just over 20 percent contained, it has destroyed over 184,000 acres, and...

Wildfires Could Become More Frequent Due To Changing Climate
2013-08-29 08:15:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Western US, where firefighters are currently battling dozens of fires in at least 11 states, has received bad news from a new study led by environmental scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The study, published online and in an upcoming print issue of Atmospheric Environment, suggests wildfire seasons by 2050 will be about three weeks longer, up to twice as smoky, and will burn a wider area...

California’s Massive Rim Fire Dissected By NASA's 'Eyes'
2013-08-28 07:25:40

NASA The Rim Fire burning in and near Yosemite National Park in California continues to grow and move its way up in the record books. As of Aug. 27, CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) reports that the fire, which started Aug. 17, had consumed nearly 180,000 acres, making it the seventh largest wildfire in California’s recorded history. The fire is one of 10 active major wildfires burning across California as of Aug. 27. New satellite images from NASA’s...

2013-08-26 23:19:16

Local agency wants to spread the word about wildfire preparedness procedures due to consistent deadly fires in the area. Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 26, 2013 With deadly wildfires hitting Colorado this summer, many residents have been left without homes. The Denver Post states that residents in these higher risk fire areas feel helpless, and believe that they have no choice but to simply learn to coexist with these fires. The Denver Post also points out that while wildfires are actually a...

Restoration To At-Risk Areas Directed By NASA's Landsat Satellite Data
2013-08-21 10:21:57

NASA While the 138,000-acre Silver Fire still smoldered, forest restoration specialists were on the job. They analyzed maps created using Landsat satellite data to determine where the burn destroyed vegetation and exposed soil – and where to focus emergency restoration efforts. "The map looked like a big red blob," said Penny Luehring, the U.S. Forest Service's Burned Area Emergency Response and watershed improvement program leader, based in Albuquerque, N.M. Red means...

2013-08-19 16:20:53

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- As wildland fires rage across nine far western States in the Continental US, airtanker and helicopter operators are continuing to support ground-based fire fighters, despite heavy demand for aerial assets. "We have every available aircraft under USFS exclusive use contract working on--or prepared to deploy--to a fire," said Ron Hooper, Chief Executive Officer of Neptune Aviation Services in Missoula, Montana. The company's fleet under...

Special Online-only  Issue Of Frontiers In Ecology And The Environment
2013-08-15 09:17:39

ESA The Ecological Society of America’s first online-only Special Issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment showcases prescribed burns around the globe, some of them drawing on historical practices to manage forests and grasslands in fire-prone regions. The Online Special Issue looks at fire practices in the United States, Australia, southern Europe, South Africa and South America. One review article focuses on the cooperative efforts of US ranchers in the Great Plains using...

2013-08-13 16:20:26

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Rapid response from the aerial firefighting community in the Far West helped to speed containment of one of Southern California's most devastating wildland fires, which broke out near Banning in Riverside County on August 7. The Silver Fire, as it is known, sent heavy smoke into the close by Palm Springs area, burned nearly 20,300 acres, and destroyed 48 structures, including 26 residences, as of Monday, August 12, when containment...

2013-08-12 08:33:04

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the network security company(TM), today announced that its WildFire malware analysis sandbox now is capable of analyzing Android applications in the APK file format to identify advanced threats in Android applications. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130508/SF04701LOGO) Earlier this year, Jon Oltsik, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, noted that mobile malware increased more than 1,000%...

Tracking Fires From Space
2013-08-10 05:59:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As wildfires rage across California, NASA scientists are using satellite imagery to both monitor the current blaze and create models designed to predict where future fires might occur. "Over the last 30 years we have seen an increase in hot and dry conditions that promote fire activity," said Doug Morton, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. "And across the western US and Alaska, satellites show an increase...