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Report highlights links between wildfires, climate change and health

November 07, 2017

As a long and brutal fire season in California starts to wind down, Climate Central issued a report that lays out links between climate change, wildfire, and health effects. The report, titled Western Wildfires Undermining Progress on Air Pollution, analyzes air quality trends from 2000 through 2016 in two large California air basins — the Sacramento Valley and the San Joaquin Valley — that are heavily affected by pollution.

Tough choice for wildfire survivors: Rebuild fast or better?

November 07, 2017

The most destructive complex of wildfires in California history wreaked most of its damage and deaths among housing subdivisions in this San Francisco Bay Area bedroom town, leaving survivors with little but white ash and hard choices: Rebuild quickly as things were, rebuild defensively against future fires, or abandon some burned neighborhoods entirely as lethal mistakes in the country's most wildfire-prone state.

Pigeon Forge unveils monument for wildfire first responders

November 07, 2017

Fire officials come to Boise to learn about protecting homes from wildfires

November 07, 2017

We have seen the mass devastation wildfires can wreak on neighborhoods, most recently in Northern California where several infernos torched more than 14,000 homes and killed over 40 people.

Fortunately, there are some precautions homeowners can take to better protect their houses and themselves.

Thursday, state foresters from across the nation came to Boise and toured the foothills to get a glimpse of what makes some homes better protected than others.

California wildfires have killed 40 people; dozens still missing as firefighters make progress

October 15, 2017

Firefighters made significant progress Sunday on two of the biggest wildfires raging across Northern California, but officials cautioned that they still face major challenges.

California fires coverage: Officials hope winds will let up today as 100,000 acres burn

October 10, 2017

At least 15 people have died in Northern California fires that continue to ravage multiple counties, while the Anaheim Hills fire in Southern California has scorched between 5,000 to 6,000 acres.

House, Senate hearings examine wildfire mitigation funding:

September 27, 2017

A bicameral pair of hearings mere hours apart both came to the same conclusion: More needs to be done to make sure wildfires are adequately addressed.

But whether the answer lies in providing more money to the U.S. Forest Service, slashing bureaucratic red tape, or some combination of the two remains to be seen.

Unprecedented wildfire season poised to continue into the fall

September 13, 2017

An unusually aggressive wildfire season across parts of the west may not be over anytime soon, despite rain and cooler temperatures in the forecast.

New Four-part video series: "Bridging The Divide"

September 13, 2017

Our new four-part video series "Bridging The Divide" explores the challenges and triumphs involved with the 2013 West Fork Fire Complex in southern Colorado. This 109,000-acre fire had unique impacts on the Rio Grande river watershed, two national forests, and related mountain communities. Each short is a compilation of post-fire interviews, workshops, and research presentations, highlighting the special conditions of the fire and the unique community outcomes. Through science, collaboration and partnerships these mountain communities are learning to live with fire in the landscape.

How extreme weather risk is creating a real estate insurance disaster

September 13, 2017

As additional rainfall and new stormwater surges from Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the country continues to rally around hard-hit communities just beginning to comprehend the impact of the unprecedented flood. Cities will rebuild and return, promise local and national leaders.