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2013-08-09 16:22:10

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross is helping people across the country as flooding threatens residents from the Midwest to New England while wildfires in the West are forcing people to leave their neighborhoods. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO ) Weather experts predict heavy rain today in the Midwest, Tennessee and Ohio Valleys and Northeast, leading to flooding and flash flooding warnings in multiple states. The Red...

Heat Wave Intensifies Siberian Wildfires
2013-08-08 08:21:58

NASA The summer of 2012 was the most severe wildfire season Russia had faced in a decade. 2013 might be headed in the same direction after an unusual heat wave brought a surge of fire activity in northern Siberia in July. A persistent high-pressure weather pattern in the Russian Arctic -- a blocking high -- contributed to the heat wave, which saw temperatures reach 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) in the northern city of Norilsk. For comparison, daily July highs in Norilsk...

2013-08-06 16:20:15

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 9, about wildfire research and what a changing climate could mean for future fire activity in the United States. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) A decades-long record from ground surveys and NASA satellites shows the fire season in the western United States is starting earlier in the spring and producing larger and more intense fires throughout...

Climate Change May Be Fueling Devastating Wildfires
2013-08-02 04:55:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The larger, more destructive wildfires devastating some regions of the western US could be fueled by climate change, according to new research appearing in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. These erratic fires are more difficult to contain, as well as more dangerous to people living in the area and likely to cause catastrophic damage, lead author and Michigan State University assistant professor of geography...

2013-07-31 23:37:12

As the US Wildfire Season seems to grow more intense each year, All Hands Fire Equipment is releasing wild fire prevention and safety tips for those in affected areas. Neptune, NJ (PRWEB) July 31, 2013 According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the United States is presently at Preparedness Level 3. This means that two or more regions in the US are experiencing wildland fires or prescribed fire activities that require a major commitment of national resources. There are five...

2013-07-29 23:28:56

In the aftermath of the tragic loss of 19 Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona, the Omidi brothers, co-founders of the non profit charity Civic Duty, recommend new technology to improve firefighter safety. Beverly Hills, California (PRWEB) July 28, 2013 Civic Duty, a non profit charity co-founded by Dr. Michael Omidi and his brother Julian Omidi, recommends using new technology to improve firefighter safety following the deaths of 19...

Fires Turn Boreal Forests Into Deciduous Woodlands
2013-07-23 09:27:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the most flammable high-altitude regions of the world, a 2,000-square-kilometer zone in the Yukon Flats of interior Alaska has seen dramatic increases in both the frequency and severity of fires in recent decades. A research team led by the University of Illinois reports the area has seen higher wildfire activity more recently than at any other time in the past 10,000 years. The findings were reported...

2013-07-19 23:01:02

As Californians brace for another triple digit heat wave, the ongoing fires and high temperatures are an important reminder to take simple steps to prepare your home and family against damage from a wildfire, says the Association of California Insurance Companies (ACIC). Sacramento, California (PRWEB) July 19, 2013 ACIC Says Rising Temperatures are Wake Up Call for Californians to Prepare and Prevent Fires As Californians brace for another triple digit heat wave, the ongoing fires and...

2013-07-17 20:20:42

Camping can be a great way to reconnect to the natural world, but without the proper safety practices, human activity can also lead to hazardous wildfires. LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For residents of the urban metropolis that is Los Angeles, camping in the wilderness can be a very effective way to reconnect with the natural world. Out in the elements, gaining a reverence for the raw power and inherent danger of fire is all but inevitable. Lead by some of the premier...

2013-07-12 12:26:12

Created by Draftfcb, the new PSAs educate audiences about their role in preventing wildfires and feature the 69-year old icon rewarding Americans for taking precautions NEW YORK, July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ad Council, in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), announced today the launch of a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring Smokey Bear designed to raise awareness about wildfire prevention....