Wildfires
Bans on rebuilding in disaster-prone areas ignore homeowners preferences—raising costs works better  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
As California's wildfire season intensifies, a growing number of residents in the state want to ban people from building in areas at greatest risk. more
Indonesia under 'blanket of smoke' amid wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Indonesia is under a "blanket of smoke" amid wildfires that threaten humans, wildlife and the global climate, researchers say. more
Fire blankets can protect buildings from wildfires  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Wrapping a building in a fire-protective blanket is a viable way of protecting it against wildfires, finds the first study to scientifically assess this method of defense. Rigorous testing reveals that existing blanket technology... more
Southern California blazes show signs of slowing  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Wildfires raging across southern California showed signs of slowing Sunday, as firefighters contained nearly half of the biggest blaze. more
Authorities: 3 deaths tied to Southern California wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Three people have died at the scene of Southern California wildfires this week, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters aided by diminishing winds beat back a blaze on the edge of Los Angeles... more
California power shutdowns raise air pollution worries  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising new concerns about another longstanding environmental threat: air pollution. more
Southern California wildfires burning unchecked  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Gusting winds fueling a fast-moving wildfire in southern California showed no signs of abating Saturday as a blaze that forced the evacuation of some 100,000 people kept burning out of control. more
Are California blackouts the new normal for the state?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Millions of people lost electricity this week in California as the state's utility giant PG&E sought to prevent catastrophic wildfires, leading many to question whether such power shutoffs will become... more
Tens of thousands evacuated as California wildfires rage  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Wind-driven wildfires forced the evacuation of about 100,000 people in southern California Friday and destroyed dozens of structures and homes as authorities warned it could take days to extinguish the flames. more
With warming, get used to blackouts to prevent wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Expect more preventative power blackouts in California as the climate gets hotter and drier and the wildfire season gets nastier and longer, scientists say. more
'Unacceptable' power cuts blasted as California fire risk spreads south  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Hundreds of thousands of Californians were still without electricity due to pre-emptive blackouts Thursday as hot, windy conditions causing wildfires spread south toward Los Angeles, in a situation... more
How to protect homes from wildfire is subject of professor's new book  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive on record in California, according to CAL FIRE. Yet, after almost every wildfire, a... more
California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Rolling blackouts set to affect millions of Californians began Wednesday as a utility company started switching off power to an unprecedented number of households in the face of hot, windy... more
California turns off power to millions to prevent wildires  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Rolling blackouts affecting up to 800,000 customers began Wednesday in parts of California as a utility company switched off power because of hot, windy weather that raises the risk of... more
Report: Wildfires threaten California's progress in cutting greenhouse gases  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The wildfires that raged last year from Paradise to Malibu made for California's deadliest, most destructive fire season on record. more
Study of past California wildfire activity suggest climate change will worsen future fires  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In the wake of recent wildfires that have ravaged northern and central California, a new study finds that the severity of fire... more
Study of past California wildfire activity suggest climate change will worsen future fires  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study finds that climate has been the dominant controller of wildfire activity in the Sierra Nevada region of the past... more
'Flash drought' worsening across 14 Southern US states  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what's being called a "flash drought" that's cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk... more
Living with fire risk is not easy  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A research team has outlined governance and policy approaches to better manage wildfires. more
Researchers outline policy approaches to transform fire management  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Wildfires are natural hazards that are becoming more intense and extensive with climate change. Scientists have previously described what major transformations should take place to contend with these fires, including the need... more
Extreme wildfires transforming forestlands into shrublands  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Wildfire is transforming some forestlands into shrublands, a new study finds. The results suggest these forests, which are used to living with and even benefiting from fire, have not yet adapted to this newer regime of... more
Plant diversity a casualty of high-severity wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Sierra Nevada forests are losing plant diversity due to high-severity fires, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. These fires are turning patches of forest into shrub fields—indefinitely, in some cases. more
Climate change could make borrowing costlier for states and cities  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Someday soon, analysts will determine that a city or county, or maybe a school district or utility, is so vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding, drought or wildfire... more
Limited seed availability, dry climate hamper post-wildfire forest recovery  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A lack of tree seedling establishment following recent wildfires represents a crucial bottleneck limiting coniferous forest recovery in the western US, new research finds. more
Limited seed availability, dry climate hamper post-wildfire forest recovery  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A lack of tree seedling establishment following recent wildfires represents a crucial bottleneck limiting coniferous forest recovery in the western U.S., new University of Colorado Boulder-led research finds. more
Gel-like fluid designed to prevent wildfires  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Scientists and engineers worked with state and local agencies to develop and test a long-lasting, environmentally benign fire-retarding material. If used on high-risk areas, the simple, affordable treatment could dramatically cut the number of fires that... more
Researchers develop a gel-like fluid to prevent wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A preventive treatment developed by Stanford researchers could greatly reduce the incidence and severity of wildfires. The approach, outlined Sept. 30 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involves an environmentally... more
More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
More than two million wild animals, including jaguars, pumas and llamas, have perished in weeks of wildfires that devastated huge swaths of Bolivian forest and grassland, environmental experts said Wednesday. more
Most California wildfire is in wildland-urban interface area with less fuel, more people  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Homeowner guidance and fire behavior models are largely based on the idea that natural grass, bushes and trees fuel fire in the... more
Most California wildfire is in wildland-urban interface area with less fuel, more people  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
In California, the state with more building destruction by wildfire than all of the other states combined, new research by a U.S.... more
Wildfire can pose risks to reservoirs  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Over the past 30 years, wildfires have gotten bigger, stronger, and occurred more often. As climates continue to warm, this trend will likely continue, causing disruption to landscapes and water systems alike. more
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