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More, Bigger Wildfires Burning Western U.S.

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Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years – a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research.

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Scientists Nearing Forecasts of Long-Lived Wildfires

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Scientists have developed a new computer modeling technique that offers the promise, for the first time, of producing continually updated daylong predictions of wildfire growth throughout the lifetime of long-lived blazes. The technique, developed by a research team led by NCAR, combines detailed computer simulations with newly available satellite observations.

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New Insights on Wildfire Smoke Could Improve Climate Change Models

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Wildfire smoke is complicated. A new understanding of its many particles and their properties may lead to a clearer vision of Earth's future climate.

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Fire Fighters Stretched Thin -- PL5, Says Wildfire Expert

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UC San Diego’s HPWREN Aids Firefighters in Chariot Fire

The high-speed data transmission network of the UC San Diego-based High-Performance Wireless and Research Education Network (HPWREN) is once again showing its utility as a public safety asset as firefighters battle the 7,000-acre Chariot Fire near Mount Laguna, east of San Diego.

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Expert: More Frequent Fires in California Changing Landscape

Dylan Schwilk can discuss the anatomy of the Springs Fire north of Los Angeles.

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Wildfires Can Burn Hot Without Ruining Soil

It’s well known that wildfires can leave surface soil burned and barren. But a new team's fiery test found that the hotter the fire — and the denser the vegetation feeding the flames — the less the underlying soil heated up, an inverse effect which runs contrary to previous studies and conventional wisdom.

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Central Texas Wildfire Recovery Helped by Wildflower Center Raising 700,000 Pine Trees in Two Years

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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin has been selected to grow 700,000-plus loblolly pines to restore wildfire-damaged Bastrop County, home of the endangered Houston toad.

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Cooling, Not Population Loss, Led to Fewer Fires after 1500

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After Columbus’ voyage, burning of New World forests and fields diminished significantly – a phenomenon some have attributed to decimation of native populations. But a University of Utah-led study suggests global cooling resulted in fewer fires because both preceded Columbus in many regions worldwide.

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Active Forest Management to Reduce Fire Could Help Protect Northern Spotted Owl

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The northern spotted owl, a threatened species in the Pacific Northwest, would actually benefit in the long run from active management of the forest lands that form its primary habitat and are increasingly vulnerable to stand-replacing fire.

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