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2009-07-28 15:10:00

The area of forest burnt by wildfires in the United States is set to increase by over 50% by 2050, according to research by climate scientists.The study predicts that the worst affected areas will be the forests in the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains, where the area of forest destroyed by wildfire is predicted to increase by 78% and 175% respectively.The research is based on a conservative temperature increase of 1.6 degrees Celsius over the next 40 years.Published in the Journal of...

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2009-07-07 15:51:18

U.S. scientists say they've determined climate -- not high temperatures or longer fire seasons -- is the most significant factor in wildfires. Scientists at the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station and from the University of Washington said the recent increase in area burned by wildfires in the Western United States is a product of a complex relationship between climate and fuels that varies among different ecosystems/ We found that what matters most in accounting for...

2009-06-26 08:44:05

Study finds that climate's influence on production, drying of fuels -- not higher temperatures or longer fire seasons alone -- critical determinant of Western wildfire burned areaThe recent increase in area burned by wildfires in the Western United States is a product not of higher temperatures or longer fire seasons alone, but a complex relationship between climate and fuels that varies among different ecosystems, according to a study conducted by U.S. Forest Service and university...

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2009-06-17 12:55:00

A wildfire rages across southern California wildlands towards residential communities, endangering residents and firefighters and sending property up in smoke. This is an increasingly common story, occurring several times a summer. To better understand these Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires and how best to prevent or fight them, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have issued an in-depth study on fire behavior and defensive actions taken in a community...

2009-06-10 15:40:30

U.S. researchers are criticizing federal wildfire mitigation efforts, saying only 11 percent have occurred near homes or offices during the last five years. The analysis of the U.S. National Fire plan, led by the University of Colorado-Boulder, shows although more people now live in or near fire-prone forests, most federally funded activities to reduce wildfire hazards have occurred far from the wildland-urban interface, researchers said. Our comprehensive analysis suggests that fire...

2009-05-07 08:40:00

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the window of opportunity set to close May 8, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced the agency is postponing until 2010 plans to conduct a controlled burn on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Land 176 in Patton Township, Centre County. In a briefing held on SGL 176 on March 6, agency officials announced, if weather conditions cooperated, that a one-day controlled burn would be conducted on a designated 95-acre parcel...

2009-04-24 10:19:00

Rapidly Drying Woodlands Pose Hazard Statewide HARRISBURG, Pa., April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The abundant sunshine and warm temperatures that are forecast this weekend are luring many into the state's forests, prompting the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to warn citizens of the heightened risk of wildfires. "With the weekend wildfire danger expected to spike as the weather turns warm and dry, our Bureau of Forestry is bracing for what could be another very busy...

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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...

2009-03-06 13:00:00

Project will address safety for nearby communities; preserve Barrens unique habitat STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today outlined detailed plans for conducting a controlled burn on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Land 176 in Patton Township, Centre County, to improve habitat conditions within this unique ecosystem. Agency officials also covered how the planned prescribed burn will reduce the possibility of an uncontrolled...

2009-02-24 10:00:00

Designed to make life easier for IT professionals, Workbench breaks new ground in affordability and ease of use. HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Powerful tools don't have to be expensive. FireScope - a leading developer of innovative Service Management solutions - proves this with their latest release of top-notch network tools. FireScope Workbench is available as both a free Community-Edition and a stunningly affordable Professional-Edition, packed with even more...