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Proposed global satellite network could detect wildfires in 15 minutes

December 06, 2015

A San Francisco-based company wants to turn technology developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory into a global network of satellites that can report a wild fire anywhere in the world within 15 minutes.

The FireSat system, built around a low-power sensor that can detect fires once they reach 35 to 50 feet, would notify emergency services within three minutes after the detection. The system of more than 200 satellites would provide almost nonstop wildfire detection from space.

In Oklahoma, fighting fires with better data

December 01, 2015

When people think of wildfires, they usually think of California and the mountain west region. But Oklahoma faces wildfire threats as well.

Last year alone, two separate wildfires in the state (one of which started as a controlled burn) destroyed 20 homes each; one person was killed. Mark Goeller, assistant director of the Oklahoma Forestry Services knows that even during the winter months, his agency must be on the lookout.

Insurance losses now valued at AUS $75m following catastrophic wildfires in South Australia

November 30, 2015

Bushfires in South Australia have generated insured losses of AUS$75m (£36m) as of today.

According to figures from the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), 525 claims have been made so far, and the value of the loss is expected to increase significantly as assessors continue to investigate claims over the coming days.

Four feared dead in Western Australia bushfires

November 18, 2015

FOUR people have died in bushfires burning in southern Western Australia as a forecast heatwave begins to cause havoc around the country.
WA Police said four people perished near Esperance as they tried to flee the inferno.

One man was discovered in his car, while the other three, a man and two women, were found in a separate vehicle. Their bodies were discovered overnight.

While details of the deceased have not been released, PerthNow reported that locals said that three German backpackers died in the blaze that also claimed the life of a farmer in the Scadden-Salmon Gums region ...

West Views: Never too early to prep for fires

November 15, 2015






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Thinking of building that dream home out in the serene Northwest wilderness?

Well, that’s fine, as long as you’re willing to go to extra lengths to protect it. That’s what federal, Idaho and local officials hope you do, not to mention all of us.

With Idaho escaping one of its worst fire seasons in history, with more than 1,300 fires and about 1,200 square miles burned, officials are asking for a little help to contain these blazes in the future.

California dead tree ‘emergency’ could fuel wildfires, El Nino floods

November 02, 2015

Calling it “the worst epidemic of tree mortality in modern history,” Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency this week, asking for swift removal of dried-out trees either through controlled burns or as feed for biomass energy plants.

Indonesia's forest fires threaten a third of world's wild orangutans

October 26, 2015

Raging Indonesian forest fires have advanced into dense forest on Borneo and now threaten one third of the world’s remaining wild orangutans, say conservationists.

Ancient Wildfires: Researchers Examine Evolution Of Forest Fires

October 25, 2015

Even though plants first emerged on Earth 400 million years ago, it was not until approximately 80 million years later that wildfires began ripping through forests and grasslands like they do today in California, a new study revealed.

Wildfires in northwestern Louisiana threaten homes

October 14, 2015

Authorities say a series of wildfires have burned more than two square miles in northwestern Louisiana and threatened homes.

Louisiana State Police said in a statement that the fires started Tuesday afternoon in Bienville Parish. KTBS-TV reports dozens of residents in a community called Sheppard Town, about 40 east of Shreveport, had to evacuate. The American Red Cross is assisting.

U.S. Forest Service Pleads: Keep Drones Away From Wildfires

October 14, 2015

A recent public service announcement launched by Cal Fire begs the public to keep hobby drones away from active wildfires, after unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) interfered with containment efforts in the West on at least 25 occasions in 2015.