Wildfires
At least $9bn in insurance claims from California fires  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Insurance claims from the recent devastating California wildfires that killed at least 89 people and destroyed 19,000 homes and businesses have reached at least $9 billion, the state's insurance commissioner... more
Wildfire ash could trap mercury  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers studying ash from recent California wildfires report that burned material in forests might help sequester mercury that otherwise would be released into the environment. more
Wildfire ash could trap mercury  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In the summers of 2017 and 2018, heat waves and drought conditions spawned hundreds of wildfires in the western U.S. And in November, two more devastating wildfires broke out in California, scorching thousands of acres of forest, destroying... more
NASA's IMERG measures heavy rainfall in California wildfire areas  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Heavy precipitation recently fell in areas of California that were recently devastated by deadly wildfires such as the Camp Fire and the Woolsey fire. This flooding rainfall has resulted in... more
Coping with threats from hurricanes, wildfires and rising sea levels  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As sea levels continue to rise and more severe storms, like Hurricanes Maria and Michael, threaten coastline communities, local leaders need to assess the hazards and vulnerabilities of... more
What does a wet spring mean for bushfire season?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A recent wet spell as we head into summer has left some Victorians wondering if we might be able to look forward to a less dangerous fire season this year;... more
Many regions increasingly suffer hot, dry conditions at the same time  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Odds are rising that warm, dry conditions -- the kind that can hurt crop yields, destabilize food prices and exacerbate wildfires -- will strike multiple regions... more
Fires fueled spread of grasslands on ancient Earth  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Ancient wildfires played a crucial role in the formation and spread of grasslands like those that now cover large parts of the Earth. more
Wildfires Played Crucial Role in Miocene Expansion of Grasslands  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
New research from Penn State and Smithsonian Institute links a large rise in wildfires nearly 10 million years... more
Study shows regions increasingly suffer hot, dry conditions at the same time  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new study from Stanford University suggests that the kind of hot, dry conditions that can shrink crop yields, destabilize food prices and lay... more
Fires fueled spread of grasslands on ancient Earth  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Ancient wildfires played a crucial role in the formation and spread of grasslands like those that now cover large parts of the Earth, according to scientists at Penn State and the Smithsonian... more
Future wildfires: Stronger buildings could delay, but not stop, destruction alone  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
California's deadly Camp Fire is now 100 percent contained, but low humidity and strong winds in the state mean that wildfires could strike again. more
After Record-Breaking Wildfire Season, California Shows Nine New Scars  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
California has had a particularly devastating fire season this year, breaking records for the largest fire by burned area and for the deadliest blaze — and that destruction is visible... more
Wildfires bring climate's dark forces to the stratosphere  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Large amounts of black carbon particles from wildfires reach the stratosphere where they can induce strong local heating and thus influence regional climate. more
Climate change is driving wildfires, and not just in California  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Rains in northern California have helped firefighters contain the Camp Fire, which now ranks as the state's most deadly wildfire. But unfortunately, all signs point to worsening events... more
California's deadliest wildfire finally tamed  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The deadliest and most destructive fire in California's history was finally brought totally under control by firefighters, more than two weeks after it erupted, authorities said on Sunday. more
Government climate report warns of worsening US disasters  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
As California's catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. The White... more
What makes a California wildfire the worst? Deaths and size  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The so-called Camp Fire in Northern California in many ways has become the worst wildfire the history of a state whose topography and climate have long made it... more
Technology shapes insurance companies' response to wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
As wildfires raged this month in California, insurance claims experts at Travelers sat in a command center 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) away in Connecticut, monitoring screens showing satellite images, photos from airplane flyovers and... more
The hunt for missing, dead in California fire  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Given the size and scope of the devastation after a deadly wildfire swept Northern California, experts say the search to find the missing and identify victims could take months. more
Paradise regained? Experts call for European approach to US housing  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
With the embers still raining from blackened skies choked by California's massive wildfires, the effort turns to rebuilding Paradise—a town of almost 30,000 that was wiped off the... more
Here's How Smoke from California Wildfires Affects the Human Body  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Experts say that the biggest health danger from the smoke comes from the particulate matter that it contains. more
Better forest management won't end wildfires, but it can reduce the risks – here's how  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
President Donald Trump's recent comments blaming forest managers for catastrophic California wildfires have been met with outrage and... more
California wildfire pollution paralyzes San Francisco region  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The sidewalk cafes of this Silicon Valley city, usually packed at lunchtime with workers from Google and other high-tech companies, were mostly abandoned Monday afternoon. more
How Satellites Are Helping California's Wildfire Recovery Efforts  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
No one in Northern California would question that the Camp Fire, in addition to killing dozens of people, destroying thousands of houses and burning a huge amount of land, has made the... more
California fires smoke spews aerosols into an already saturated sky  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Fire is devastating. It consumes. It destroys and leaves behind a pernicious force in the form of smoke. Although most people might think that smoke rises and then clears after a fire... more
Stronger buildings could delay wildfire destruction, but not stop it, professor says  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Low humidity and strong winds in California mean that this month's wildfires could strike again. Unfortunately, better building materials and planning can only offer... more
Organizations with broad social ties help recovering from natural disasters  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Communities recovering from natural disasters often see an increase in the number of businesses and non-profits that develop in the wake of the cleanup, but that apparent growth... more
San Francisco chokes on toxic air as wildfires rage  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Schools and tourist attractions across the San Francisco Bay Area were shut Friday as smoke from California's deadliest ever wildfire a three hour drive away produced air quality levels worse... more
A scar that the Woolsey Fire left behind  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Fire destroys and decimates. It takes out almost everything in its path. In the wake of a fire, a burn scar appears which takes a long time to heal. The mountains of... more
How can the rest of the country prepare for wildfires like those in California?  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Firefighters, legislators, and residents on the East Coast should watch carefully the way their California counterparts are dealing with wildfires... more
Smoke spreading from California fires sparks health concerns  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost... more
Ferocious fires spark concern over major health consequences  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost... more
Development near natural areas puts more Californians in the path of wildfires  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 weeks
As urbanization extends its reach into once-natural areas, more homes and people are at risk from wildfires. more
Ferocious fires spark concern over major health consequences  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Recurring wildfires are sparking concern among medical experts about potentially major health consequences more
Experts seek ways to boost extreme wildfire survival rates  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving... more
How Satellites Are Tracking Devastation of California Wildfires from Space  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
The late-season Camp wildfire is still raging across Northern California, but firefighters are gradually corralling the Woolsey Fire, which has burned swaths of Southern California. more
Experts seek ways to boost extreme wildfire survival rates  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
With wildfires growing deadlier across the U.S. West, experts are suggesting ways to help people survive more
California wildfires raise concerns about impacts to environment and health  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
It never rains in California, so instead it burns—often—with prime fire conditions likely to persist until rainstorms arrive. more
In Photos: Devastating Wildfires in California  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
Wildfires raging in Northern California are now considered the deadliest the state has ever endured. Here's a look at the fires and the destruction left behind. more
New resources support tribes in preparing for climate change  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Which Pacific Northwest streams will warm the most in the next 50 years, and where would restoration work make a difference for salmon? Where will wildfires and pests be most... more
For wildfire safety, only particular masks guard against toxic particulate matter  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
Toby Lewsadder stepped outside an Ace Hardware store wearing a simple one-strap dust mask. He knew it wasn't the right defense against the wildfire smoke lingering... more
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Climate change is driving wildfires, and not just in California
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Better forest management won't end wildfires, but it can reduce the risks – here's how
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