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Firewise News

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.

Living with wildfire risk

September 13, 2017

In 2016, shocking images of a huge fire that destroyed 32,000 personal and commercial properties in the region of Fort McMurray, Canada, dominated the news for days. A year later, all eyes were on central Portugal when more than 60 people died in a blaze in the region of Pedrógão Grande.

NIFC warns of above average wildfire potential in August

August 04, 2017

From California to South Dakota, the National Interagency Fire Center is predicting above average significant wildfire potential in the west, and the Gem State is no exception. While many areas in the high elevations of the Gem State and the rest of the west have avoided wildfire danger thanks to a wet winter and spring, NIFC says those areas are now primed for fire danger.

Town clean-up a smooth success

August 04, 2017

The first load arrived at the gate at 6:15 a.m. It was a big load, a trailer piled high with stuff. Sitting on the ground, leaning against a tire, the driver was among many who came super early to the Nederland Town Cleanup, guaranteeing that they go back home without the junk and trash they gathered as part of the Annual Firewise Clean-up Event that took place on Saturday, June 3.

Oracle Firewise meeting welcomes Superior Fire

August 04, 2017

Oracle Fire District undisputedly has an amazing base of volunteers who are ready and willing to help out during an emergency.

And not just in Oracle.

Earlier this month when the Roach Fire broke out in Dudleyville, Oracle Firefighters, as well as firefighters from all the communities in the Copper Corridor, answered the call and went to help battle the blaze. Along with the firefighters, though, came the Oracle CERTs.

Why America’s Deadliest Wildfire Is Largely Forgotten Today

August 04, 2017

Some nights are impossible to forget—like the night of October 8, 1871, when women snatched their children from their beds, men formed ad hoc fire brigades, and the terrified residents of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, fled what would become the deadliest wildfire in American history. So why has the Peshtigo wildfire faded from national memory?