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Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Wildfires to Increase in Alaska with Future Climate Change

MISSOULA—Climate change is melting glaciers, reducing sea-ice cover and increasing wildlife activity – with some of the most dramatic impacts occurring in the northern high latitudes. New research by University of Montana affiliate scientist Adam Young and UM fire ecology Associate Professor Philip Higuera projects an increased probability of fires occurring in Alaskan boreal forest

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Insect Outbreaks Reduce Wildfire Severity

Forest scientists have found an unexpected ‘silver lining’ to the insect outbreaks that have ravaged millions of trees across western North America. While insect outbreaks leave trees looking like matchsticks, a new University of Vermont-led study finds these hungry critters significantly reduce wildfire severity. The findings contrast sharply with popular attitudes – and some U.S.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Fire and Ice: Gaging the Effects of Wildfire on Alaskan Permafrost

USGS scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Alaska Fairbanks, have mapped belowground permafrost in areas of Alaska that have been affected by wildfire, years-to-decades after the fires occurred. “There has been global concern for many years about the effects of the warming climate on high-latitude permafrost and its

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Wildland Communities Must Learn to Live with Fire

Mankind must learn to live with wildland fires by reintegrating fire as a vital landscape process and building communities that are resilient to fire, according to professor Mark Cochrane, a wildfire expert and senior scientist at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence. In 2014, the federal government addressed the complexities of managing wildfires through the

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Red Cross Offers Interactive Tool to Access and Track Live, Wildfire Information

WASHINGTON, D.C., Thursday, Sept. 18, 2015 — The American Red Cross has launched an interactive online map that consolidates multiple sources of disaster data into a real-time, interactive tool to get information and updates about the Western Wildfires. The tool is a high-tech, user-friendly visual database for media and the public to learn the size

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Fusion of Manned and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Breakthrough on California’s largest 2014 Wildfire

SAN CARLOS, Calif., Oct. 15, 2014—SkyIMD combined UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and manned aircraft technologies on the Happy Camp Complex wildfire to reduce workloads and increase team effectiveness in ways previously not possible. SkyIMD installed a lightweight UAV gimbal on a normal manned Air Attack aircraft.

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

NASA Aeronautics Research Tests New Tool for Early Wildfire Detection

NASA’s research in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) may soon provide a means for early detection and mitigation of fires in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a nearly 50,000-square-acre region centered on the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Northwest Wildfires: We Broke the Forests, Now We Need to Fix Them

The Northwest is ablaze. Both Washington and Oregon are in official states of emergency as dozens of fires burn on forests and rangelands. Rainy weather in some areas has helped firefighters in the past few days, but according to the federal government’s InciWeb website, there are still 22 large fires burning almost a million acres

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

High-Resolution Satellites Help Monitor and Respond to Fires in Southeast Asia

One of the most devastating threats to the environment, economy, and human health in Indonesia comes in the form of fire. Forest and bush fires, illegal and often associated with agricultural expansion and land conflict, can release a toxic haze that shuts down schools and airports, and sickens tens of thousands of people. Efforts to

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Wildfire Forecasting Tool Not Available for Lack of Funds

With a ferocious wildfire season expected in the parched West, fire forecasters will be without a new technology that scientists say could help predict sudden blowups and shifts in the direction of fires. The new computer-modeling technique offers the promise — for the first time — of producing updated predictions of wildfire growth throughout the

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