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Humans are responsible for the vast majority of wildfires in the U.S.

Monday, February 27th, 2017 6:53am MDT

Only you can prevent forest fires. For real. Forest Service Northern Region Wildfire Increasingly in the United States, wildfires are caused by humans, not lightning. In the past 20 years, thousands of wildfires have raged across the United States—and most of them are our fault. In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the […]

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NASA satellite imagery shows California’s monstrous Blue Cut Fire

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 9:31am MDT

From NASA: The Blue Cut Fire, just outside of Los Angeles, is a quickly growing fire that is currently an imminent threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures in the Cajon Pass, Lytle Creek, Wrightwood, Oak Hills, and surrounding areas. An estimated 34,500 homes and 82,640 people are being affected by the evacuation warnings […]

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Homes burn, thousands flee as fire chars 30,000 acres in Southern California’s Cajon Pass

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 6:25pm MDT

LYTLE CREEK, Calif. — An explosive brush fire that has ripped through more than 30,000 acres of hills, canyons and flatlands in Southern California’s Cajon Pass has bewildered veteran firefighters who fear the flames will only worsen. “It hit hard, it hit fast — it hit with an intensity that we haven’t seen before,” San […]

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Firenado captured on video at Beaver Creek Fire

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 3:57pm MDT

Thus far, Colorado has been fortunate with relatively few large wildfires. The one notable exception is the Beaver Creek Fire where a firefighter recently captured video of a ‘firenado.’ Also called a fire whirl, a firenado occurs when the rising heat from the blaze meets whirling winds.  The effect and appearance is much like a […]

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Satellite imagery shows devastating Canadian wildfire

Friday, May 6th, 2016 5:37am MDT

A fast-moving wildfire burning near Fort McMurray, Alberta has prompted the evacuation of all 88,000 residents of the city.  Since the fire started Sunday, at least 1,600 structures have been destroyed. NASA’s Earth Observatory trained one of its satellites on the area – see below.  Read more about the blaze here. Wildfire Spreads in Fort McMurray […]

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Three German backpackers reported among dead in Australian bushfires

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 4:35am MDT

Sydney (dpa) – Three German backpackers and a local farmer were reported killed in bushfires on the south coast of Western Australia Wednesday. The German man and two women were killed in their car as they tried to flee the raging bushfires, the broadcaster ABC reported local people near Esperance saying. A police spokesman declined […]

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Five dead and hundreds homeless in California wildfires

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 9:17am MDT

Los Angeles (dpa) – California authorities recovered the bodies of four more people killed in wildfires raging in the central part of the state, bringing the death toll to five, officials said Thursday. The remains of four men who died separately in the Valley fire, north of San Francisco, and the Butte fire, south-east of […]

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Terrifying videos capture man’s escape from California wildfire

Monday, September 14th, 2015 10:55am MDT

Colorado has been extremely fortunate this summer with no truly notable wildfires.  Other locations across the western U.S. have not been near as lucky.  Highlighting this are videos taken by a northern California man as he fled the fast moving Valley Fire. The Valley Fire broke out Saturday afternoon and quickly exploded forcing thousands to […]

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California wildfire spreads; governor declares emergency

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 6:53pm MDT

A fast-moving wildfire left a path of devastation northwest of Sacramento, Calif., destroying homes and forcing and forcing residents to run for their lives. On Sunday morning, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa counties, noting that he fire forced large evacuations and damage to state infrastructure. The order mobilizes […]

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Washington Fire Now Is the Largest in State’s History

Monday, August 24th, 2015 4:32pm MDT

The fierce group of fires burning in north-central Washington since Thursday morning has grown to be the largest blaze in the state’s history, a fire spokesman told the Associated Press. The Okanogan Complex consists of five wildfires that are burning within Washington’s largest county. Authorities believe the out-of-control fire will continue to burn throughout the […]

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