Quantcast

Latest Wildfires Stories

2012-01-18 21:28:22

Clearing vegetation close to houses is the best way to reduce impacts of severe bushfires, according to a team of scientists from Australia and the USA who examined house loss after as a result of Black Saturday, when a series of fires raged across the Australian state of Victoria, killing 173 and injuring 414. The research involving 12,000 measurements at 500 houses affected by the Black Saturday fires was only made possible by the sheer size of the devastation of February 7, 2009....

3dfb4509fa69f037c0b029817afa3069
2011-07-01 09:32:36

As homes and cities expand closer to forests and wildlands across the American West, increasing wildfire threats have created an unlikely new phenomena "“ confidence in government. Recent studies show that people in neighborhoods adjacent to public forest lands can and do trust natural resource managers to a surprising degree, in part because the risks they face are so severe. Thousands of acres burn every year, threatening homes, lives and property, and in many groups and areas, the...

2011-03-15 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the approach of spring and the increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced federal grants are 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 quickly usher in wildfire dangers that emphasize the need to...

2010-06-01 16:37:00

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to reach often overlooked stakeholders from the building industry, Brandguard Vents along with Hayward Lumber Santa Barbara have teamed up to sponsor an event on June 3rd that will bring together local contractors, builders, fire officials from Santa Barbara City, homeowners, HOA's, members of local Firesafe Councils, insurance professionals, and local architects. The event will take place at Hayward Lumber Santa Barbara...

2010-02-18 09:06:00

Project will address safety for nearby communities; preserve Barrens unique habitat STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that they plan to conduct controlled burns on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Land 176 in Patton Township, Centre County, to improve habitat conditions within this unique ecosystem. Originally outlined in public meetings and meetings with news media in the area in March of 2009, Game Commission...

6b189cc63eaee6ab4aaad392d23d2eb11
2010-01-21 10:42:14

A new, low-cost bushfire detection and monitoring system is being developed by University of Adelaide researchers using mobile communications technology. The same technology used to send SMS messages on mobile phones could be used to develop an efficient and cost-effective early warning message to authorities and people living in fire-risk areas, according to researchers from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In two papers published this month in the International Journal...

caa4a4ceddaf5523051295ca67e242c01
2009-07-29 12:27:23

Officials fear Australian could suffer even worse wildfires next summer than the deadly blazes that killed a record 173 people in February, AFP reported. The fire season could be the toughest in a decade, according to Victoria state premier John Brumby. Brumby said the prognosis in terms of this year's fire season is that it's going to be a "very, very tough fire season again." "All of the advice at the moment is that this will be as bad, if not worse, than anything that we've seen in the...

7db3e43ca899a19ccb378c7eec2384dc1
2009-03-20 13:48:50

Report contains most recent science regarding postfire timber harvesting No single decision-support system exists for selecting alternatives for postfire management. That thesis is what a recently released report on management after fire hinges upon. The publication, Effects of Timber Harvest Following Wildfire in Western North America, tells us that the type of forest landscape determines the ways fire and logging may change an area after a wildfire. The authors, however, hope that public...

071e369547780465b1fd93dca1b189771
2009-02-09 12:00:00

The latest series of wildfires to hit Australia appeared to be intensified due to climate change, scientists reported on Monday. Australia is prone to massive wildfires due to its dry climate and naturally combustible vegetation, including oil-rich eucalyptus forests, according to the nation's Bureau of Meteorology. However, the wildfires that struck Victoria over the weekend were the nation's deadliest on record, and scientists believe climate change is to blame. "Climate change, weather...

2008-08-05 21:00:13

By Ethan Schowalter-Hay, The Observer, La Grande, Ore. Aug. 5--Anyone headed to the Whitman Overlook in the Northern Blue Mountains last Thursday may have noticed, in addition to the rolling tableland scenery, soldiers in the woods. This was no hallucination. Around 350 Oregon National Guard soldiers attended wildland firefighting training last week at three locations across the state: Astoria, Klamath Falls and Pendleton. "We've seen very active fire seasons for our neighbors to...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
Related