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2013-12-03 23:01:38

To boost efforts, SunSeeker has partnered with Spirit USA to offer discount cards to generous contributors. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 03, 2013 The SunSeeker Fire Blanket, a revolutionary new fire blanket, is currently in development and seeking donations for prototype testing that will ultimately reach the hands of firefighters. SunSeeker’s movement for a safer fire shelter has garnered much attention in the western United States, especially in Arizona, a region where wildfire...

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...

2013-11-14 23:22:41

Scientists have developed a new computer modeling technique that offers the promise, for the first time, of producing continually updated daylong predictions of wildfire growth throughout the lifetime of long-lived blazes. The technique, developed by a research team led by NCAR, combines detailed computer simulations with newly available satellite observations. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) November 14, 2013 Scientists have developed a new computer modeling technique that offers the promise, for...

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...

Managing Nature's Runaway Freight Trains
2013-10-28 08:41:04

The Geological Society of America Last month's torrential rains and flooding in Colorado made headlines, but there's another, far more common and growing weather-related threat western states are facing in the wake of longer and worsening fire seasons: flash floods and debris flows. These runaway freight trains made of rock, mud, and water can barrel down mountain channels with little or no warning and take out roads, homes, and anything else in their path. Denuded, flame-dried soils of...

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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