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  • Fire plane
    Forest Service unveils firefighting plane
    The U.S. Forest Service announced July 10 that it will soon begin flying the first of seven used HC-130H Hercules transport aircraft it is obtaining from the Coast Guard to fight major wildfires.The first plane, now known as Tanker 118, will begin...
  • Wildfire in British Columbia
    Wildfires: Prevention Is The Key
    It is that time of the year when plagued by hot and dry conditions, British Columbia is roaring with wildfires. At this moment, firefighters are battling 67 active fires of 10 hectares or larger.The number of wildfires that occur on average every...
  • First responders going to a fire
    It's going to be a rough summer
    In talking to several people who live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, they said this is the first year, early in the summer, that they are concern about having uncontrollable fires.In the past several years, they said that they...
  • Beetle damage
    Bark beetles not a contributing factor in wildfires, study says
    Bark beetles are a major concern in California and throughout the west. Small in size and large in numbers, these burrowing bugs infect trees in masses, eventually killing them. Although they are considered a threat to the forests they invade,...
  • Tons of fire retardant has been used on this fire
    Wildfire above Sacramento, California, is still burning
    A wildfire above Sacramento, California, has threaten close to 20,000 structures since it started, and has, so far, destroy 10 homes and 22 outbuildings near the White Meadow Area of Pollock Pines, California.Some evacuees were able to return to...
  • California Wildfire
    Quick spreading wildfire burns 100 homes in northern California
    Fueled by high winds, a fast-moving wildfire swept through the town of Weed yesterday afternoon, burning 100 structures that included the high school, a church, and a lumber mill.Thousands of residents who live near the American River in the...
  • Almanac
    Record cold, wildfires, and shipwrecks
    Record cold, wildfires, and shipwrecks top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on September 5.1866 - The wood schooner Asia, while carrying 400...
  • Smokey the Bear turns 70
    Smokey the Bear turns 70
    According to CBS News, Smokey the Bear turned 70 years old on Aug. 9. Smokey the Bear has been the star of the longest-running public service ad campaign in U.S. history. Smokey the Bear has been warning against the dangers of forest fires for...
  • Aftermath of a fire
    Major environmental stories of July 2014
    The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that last month was the hottest June in over 120 years of record keeping. As April and May were exceptionally hot as well, the entire second quarter of 2014 was the hottest on record. NASA's records...
  • Pet Alert
    Fire safety and wildfire preparedness for families with pets
    Some may think with the approach of fall in the US, that wildfire season is almost over. Not true. In many places around the country and the world wildfire season is just getting started. In some places like the American West and parts of...
  • Landscaping rock
    Fire safe landscaping tips
    You're surrounded by natural beauty. It's a fantastic way to live. Still, there are dangers involved in living so close to nature. Fire is one of those dangers. Losing your home to fire is devastating. Years of memories destroyed in a...
  •  The dry grass along California's highways will cause serious wildfires
    Can fire brakes stop wildfires along Interstate-80 to Sacramento
    While traveling towards Sacramento, California, along Interstate-80 (I-80) from San Francisco and looking along the highway, you can see extremefire danger looking back at you(picture).It would only take a spark from nature to start a gigantic...
  • Statute of Liberty
    Scientists warn that climate change threatens national landmarks
    Family vacations to many national landmarks may become a thing of the past as rising oceans and wildfires destroy historic sites, a new report claims. The Union of Concerned Scientists’ report, released yesterday, include Jamestown, Historic...
  • California wildfires: Live report from San Diego as flames and fear fill the air
    California wildfires: Live report from San Diego as flames and fear fill the air
    California wildfires in San Diego are filling the air here with smoke, flames, and fear. Due to the wildfires, California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in San Diego County. According to the latest live report by San Diego...
  • When ash falls from the sky: Preparing for Oklahoma wildfires
    When ash falls from the sky: Preparing for Oklahoma wildfires
    Multiple fire departments were spread thin today fighting wildfires in two separate Oklahoma counties. While Tulsa firefighters joined several other departments in helping Broken Arrow and Wagoner County battle grass fires powered by high winds,...
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