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Warm weather puts focus on wildfire preparedness in Colorado

May 06, 2017

Governor John Hickenlooper officially declared Saturday, May 6, as “Wildfire Preparedness Day” in Colorado.

The new designation coincided with the national effort, organized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The declaration focused on engaging communities, creating awareness, and acting to reduce potential deaths and property losses through preparedness efforts.

Dolly Parton to give $3 million more to help wildfire victims

May 05, 2017

More than five months after wildfires ravaged portions of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Dolly Parton hasn’t stopped surprising her hometown fire victims with her generosity.

U.S. Wildfire Risk Is Above Average for Southwest, Florida

May 01, 2017

Wildfires this summer are expected to be most severe in southwestern U.S. states, Florida, Georgia and in some parts of California and Nevada, forecasters said Monday.

The summer 2017 fire outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise also said heavy winter snow and spring rains that flooded many Western states will probably delay the onset of this season's worst wildfires.

One year after Fort McMurray wildfire, experts warn of increased threat

May 01, 2017

Experts warn it is only a matter of time before another community in Canada is ravaged by a sudden intense wildfire similar to the one that hit Fort McMurray.

And the insurance industry says governments aren’t doing enough to prevent destructive blazes before they happen.

Wildfire awareness month underway

May 01, 2017

Columbia River Fire & Rescue responded to its first grass fire of 2017 on April 29. Despite the rainy weather, CRFR warned that grass could dry out quickly, making it easy to burn. In this incident, the small fire was extinguished by firefighters before it could spread.

Florida fire season 2017 has potential to be worse than 1998

April 26, 2017

The air is hot and the ground is dry and the Florida Forest Service predicts an above normal Significant Wildland Fire Potential.

In fact, Assistant Fire Chief Ralph Crawford, tells News 96.5 we are already experiencing more fires than in 1998.

“One of the main differences between now and in 1998 is that in this time in 1998 we did not have the fire activity that we are currently experiencing nor the drought. “ Crawford said. “ We are actually a little worse off because we are dry than we were back then.”

Despite a lot of rain, firefighters not taking California fire season lightly

April 26, 2017

Even though record-breaking rainfall brought California’s long-lived drought closer to manageable levels temperatures will soon spike, and some experts believe the 2017 California fire season may challenge the severity of last year’s record.

Florida wildfires draw attention to climate change

April 25, 2017

The wildfires burning across the state of Florida this month highlight the increasing danger a changing climate poses in the southern United States for this type of catastrophic event.

Wildfire risk is generally perceived to be a western United States problem, and the majority of major insurance losses caused by wildfires to date have occurred in California; but southern U.S. states have been plagued by wildfires in recent years, including the more than 100 wildfires actively raging across Florida this month.

Fighting wildfires and steps to prevent new ones

April 24, 2017

Roughly 100 wildfires are burning about 75,000 acres, and our Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are working side by side with partner agencies to battle these fires and protect life, property and wildlife. On Friday, Collier County had to evacuate approximately 7,000 homes due to a massive wildfire. We've not seen fire conditions this bad since 2011, and we have wildfires burning from the state line to Miami.

The east coast is in the hot seat

April 24, 2017

The forest fire burned for four days last November. On the fire’s second day, crews of federal, state and local firefighters boarded buses beyond the fire’s farthest reach. There, they created a fire line, using hand tools, leaf blowers and blowtorches, a local newspaper reported. At one point, authorities considered bringing in helicopters to dump water on the fire.