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Wildfires Prompt Evacuation Alerts In Pacific Northwest

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 4:31am MDT

A sprawling wildfire in southwestern Canada, just north of the border with Washington state, prompted evacuation alerts Saturday for 183 homes in the area. Canadian and U.S. firefighters have been battling a series of raging fires in the Pacific Northwest that has destroyed dozens of homes amid dry conditions and gusty winds. A fire near […]

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Western wildfires: Growing flames charge across dry states

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 12:31pm MDT

Wildfires picked up their destructive pace across the drought-choked West on Friday, leading residents to flee their homes and authorities to scramble for resources to beat back the flames. Blazes in Washington state that killed three firefighters and injured four others have exploded in size, while other fires charged toward populated areas in several states […]

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NASA satellite captures image of Australian wildfires

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 5:06pm MDT

Satellite imagery of wildfires is something we are certainly used to seeing here in Colorado, particularly the last couple of years.  Summertime in Australia brings wildfire danger as well and a NASA satellite captured smoke billowing from a blaze down under. Much of Australia has been gripped by record-setting heat in recent weeks thus leading […]

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California’s Rim Fire continues to grow, threatens Bay Area water and Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 2:45pm MDT

Progress battling the massive Rim Fire has been slow to come and while some gains have been made, the blaze continued to grow and now encompasses more than 280 square miles.  The blaze has already intruded on Yosemite National Park and were perilously close to its infamous giant sequoia trees. Park officials were placing sprinklers […]

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Idaho wildfires send smoke across neighboring states including Colorado

Friday, August 16th, 2013 10:06am MDT

While the worst of the Centennial State’s wildfires were quelled by recent cool and wet weather, other states in the region have not been so lucky.  Idaho in particular has been hit hard this season and smoke from fires in that state blanketed Wyoming and Colorado this morning. The Elk Complex Fire in southwestern Idaho […]

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Stunning image captures lightning strike from wildfire’s pyrocumulus cloud

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 8:49am MDT

Weather of course clearly affects wildfires but fires themselves can literally create their own weather.  One such phenomena are pyrocumulus clouds and a photo from a wildfire in Alaska provides a stunning example. Pyrocumulus clouds are formed by fires or volcanos when the intense heat from the event rises from the surface.  These clouds oftentimes […]

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Satellite imagery captures explosion of West Fork Complex Fire, Papoose Fire and thunderstorms

Friday, June 21st, 2013 5:58pm MDT

Satellites provide an amazing eye in the sky for monitoring the weather and climate.  Their usefulness today was once again proven as they captures wildfires exploding in Colorado’s southwest and thunderstorms to the northeast. The satellite imagery animation comes from the NOAA GOES East satellite and was assembled by Colorado State University RAMSDIS.  It covers […]

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Internet resources for wildfire information and education

Friday, June 21st, 2013 2:30pm MDT

As wildfires burn across much on the western United States late this summer, the Internet can be a wealth of information for residents that are affected by these blazes or for anyone else. Resources are available for everything from the latest news updates, finding out where the fires are right down to the street level, […]

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Satellite imagery video captures explosion of wildfires in Colorado

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 12:26pm MDT

Yesterday’s eruption of multiple wildfires across Colorado yesterday was eerily reminiscent of what we lived through last year. Denver saw a record high temperature of 100 degrees Tuesday, the earliest the Mile High City has recorded a temperature at the century mark. Similar stories were played out across the Centennial State with scorching hot temperatures, […]

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Australian family shares terrifying story, photos of escape from wildfire

Saturday, January 12th, 2013 1:24pm MDT

Record-setting heat and tinder dry conditions have brought devastating bushfires to Australia in recent weeks, hitting the island state of Tasmania the hardest. One family’s harrowing escape was captured in terrifying detail with pictures of them fleeing to water to avoid the fast moving flames.  Read the rest of this story on Examiner.com and check out […]

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