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Wildfires Expected to Cost More Than $1 Billion to Extinguish

Kansas Forest Service fire training specialist explains why fires are more difficult and costly to extinguish.

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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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