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Be Fire Wise: Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season

May 10, 2016

Very often, the difference between saving your home in a wild fire and losing it to the flames is pretty much determined by what you do to prepare your property. The U.S. Forest Service calls it being Fire Wise.

I’ve had personal experience in the importance of clearing a wide perimeter around your property to deny fuel—dried wood, grass and trees—to a fire. Back about ten years ago my grandparents’ ranch house near the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County was spared because of a 150-foot clear space between the flames and the house. And this wasn’t the first time that had happened.

Bigger, more severe wildfires ‘harbinger of things to come’

May 10, 2016

Alberta’s unusually early and large fire is just the latest of many gargantuan fires on an Earth that’s grown hotter with more extreme weather.

Earlier this year, large wildfires hit spots on opposite ends of the world — Tasmania and Oklahoma-Kansas. Last year, Alaska and California pushed the U.S. to a record 10 million acres burned. Massive fires hit Siberia, Mongolia and China last year and Brazil’s fire season has increased by a month over the past three decades.

Alberta Wildfire Evacuees Ordered To Move Again; Blaze Destroys 1,600 Buildings

May 05, 2016

Some 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray who have fled the wildfire raging in Alberta, Canada, are now hearing that the fire has destroyed 1,600 homes and other structures. The province is now under a state of emergency; areas around Fort McMurray are also under a boil-water advisory.

Fort McMurray fire: Entire city forced to flee as inferno rages

May 04, 2016

The sky in northern Alberta's Fort McMurray resembled a wall of fire and smoke Wednesday as a mammoth inferno swallowed parts of the Canadian city.

Wildfires burning thousands of acres in North Carolina

April 25, 2016

A blaze near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line has burned almost 1,100 acres.

The NC Department of Transportation has closed portions of US Highway 264 for public safety. By Thursday morning, it had consumed 14,000 acres and officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were planning another update this morning.

Most of New Hampshire at risk for wildfires

April 23, 2016

STODDARD, N.H. —A red-flag warning remains in effect for most of New Hampshire because the risk of wildfire is high.

Brush fires have burned hundreds of acres across the state during an unusually dry spring, firefighters said. So far this year, more than 30 brush fires have broken out and burned about 340 acres.

Stoddard is still reeling after a member of the fire department was accused of starting the fire that burned nearly 200 acres.

Wildfires, Once Confined to a Season, Burn Earlier and Longer

April 12, 2016

The first Alaska wildfire of 2016 broke out in late February, followed by a second there just eight days later.

New Mexico has had 140 fires this year, double the number in the same period last year, fueled by one of the warmest, driest winters on record.

Wildfires scorch dozens of acres in Daytona Beach

April 11, 2016

Fire crews battled wildfires that burned Sunday afternoon within yards of several homes in a Daytona Beach neighborhood near LPGA Boulevard.

Units from the Daytona Beach Fire Department, Volusia County Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service responded to the 200 block of Thornberry Branch Lane in the Bayberry Lakes subdivision around 4:30 p.m. after a brush fire began in the woods just east of the housing development.

Wildfire in northwest Oklahoma now 70 percent contained

April 10, 2016

Oklahoma Forestry Services says a wildfire burning in northwestern Oklahoma is now 70 percent contained.

The fire being called the 350 Complex Fire has burned about 90 square miles since Tuesday. Investigators believe the fire was started by arcing power lines that touched the dry ground because of gusting winds.

Wildfires threaten towns in rural Oklahoma, Kansas

April 06, 2016

Authorities are responding to wildfires in Oklahoma and Kansas that have led to evacuations, scorched mostly rural land and destroyed an unknown number of structures.

In Oklahoma, the largest fire was in the same area near the border with Kansas where blazes last month scorched hundreds of square miles.