Wildfires News
December 12, 2019

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The perceived scale of the Amazon blazes received global attention this summer. However, international concerns raised at ... read more

'Fire Inversions' Lock Smoke in Valleys

There's an atmospheric feedback loop, says an atmospheric scientist, that can lock smoke in valleys in much the same way that temperature inversions lock the smog and gunk in the Salt Lake Valley ... read more

Satellite Study of Amazon Rainforest Land Cover Gives Insight Into 2019 Fires

A new study gives important context to the fires burning big swaths of the Amazon ... read more

How Wildfires Trap Carbon for Centuries to Millennia

Charcoal produced by wildfires could trap carbon for hundreds of years and help mitigate climate change, according to new research. A new study quantifies the important role that charcoal plays in ... read more
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Extreme Wildfires Transforming Forestlands Into Shrublands

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 ... read more

Limited Seed Availability, Dry Climate Hamper Post-Wildfire Forest Recovery

A lack of tree seedling establishment following recent wildfires represents a crucial bottleneck limiting coniferous forest recovery in the western US, new research ... read more

Gel-Like Fluid Designed to Prevent Wildfires

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 ... read more

Laser-Based System Detects Fires Even in Dusty, Harsh Environments

Researchers have developed a new laser-based system that offers an efficient and low-cost way to detect fires in challenging environments such as industrial facilities or large construction sites. ... read more

Machine Learning Used to Help Tell Which Wildfires Will Burn out of Control

Scientists have developed a new technique for predicting the final size of a wildfire from the moment of ... read more

Researchers See Need for Action on Forest Fire Risk

How do humans affect forest fires? An international team of researchers has now shown for a region in north-eastern Poland that forest fires increasingly occurred there after the end of the 18th ... read more

Satellite Data Record Shows Climate Change's Impact on Fires

While every fire needs a spark to ignite and fuel to burn, it's the hot and dry conditions in the atmosphere that determine the likelihood of a fire starting, its intensity and the speed at ... read more

New Wildfire Models to Predict How Wildfires Will Burn in Next 20 Minutes

While it's impossible to predict just where the next wildfire will start, new researc is getting into the microscopic details of how fires initiate to provide more insight into how wildfires ... read more

Tiny Airborne Particles from Wildfires Have Climate Change Implications

Wildfires are widespread across the globe. They occur in places wherever plants are abundant -- such as the raging fires currently burning in the Brazilian Amazon. Such biomass burning (BB) can be an ... read more

Ancient Prescribed-Burns Could Revitalize Communities Today

In collaboration with tribes in Northern California, researchers examined traditional fire management practices and found that these approaches, if expanded, could strengthen cultures and reduce the ... read more

Wildfires Could Permanently Alter Alaska's Forest Composition

A team of researchers projected that the combination of climate change and increased wildfires will cause the iconic evergreen conifer trees of Alaska to get pushed out in favor of broadleaf ... read more

Extreme Wildfires Threaten to Turn Boreal Forests from Carbon Sinks to Carbon Sources

A research team investigated the impact of extreme fires on previously intact carbon stores by studying the soil and vegetation of the boreal forest and how they changed after a record-setting fire ... read more

Best Practices for Wildfire Adaptation and Resilience

New research outlines best practices for social and ecological resilience in a Western landscape where wildfires are becoming ... read more

Persistent Impacts of Smoke Plumes Aloft

Thunderstorms generated by a group of giant wildfires in 2017 injected a small volcano's worth of aerosol into the stratosphere, creating a smoke plume that lasted for almost nine months. ... read more

'Mega-Fires' May Be Too Extreme Even for a Bird That Loves Fire

Fire is a natural part of western forests, but the changing nature of fire in many parts of North America may pose challenges for birds. One bird in particular, the Black-backed Woodpecker, ... read more

Sustainable Land Management Key to Reducing Amazon Wildfires

The unrelenting deforestation of the Amazon region could lead to a dramatic increase to the risk of destructive wildfire outbreaks, research has ... read more

Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

A new study combs through the many factors that can promote wildfire in California, and concludes that in many, though not all, cases, warming climate is the decisive ... read more

Wildfires Disrupt Important Pollination Processes by Moths and Increase Extinction Risks

Researchers have shown for the first time the detrimental effect of wildfires on moths and the ecological benefits they provide by transporting pollen, making interacting plant and insect communities ... read more

A Drier Future Sets the Stage for More Wildfires

November 8, 2018 was a dry day in Butte County, California. The state was in its sixth consecutive year of drought, and the county had not had a rainfall event producing more than a half inch of rain ... read more

Is Wildfire Management 'for the Birds?'

Spotted owl populations are in decline all along the West Coast, and as climate change increases the risk of large and destructive wildfires in the region, these iconic animals face the real threat ... read more

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