If you were in the Los Angeles area on Saturday and looked up into the sky, you might have thought there was a storm rolling in, or that the bright, glowing red sun was an omen for Armageddon. The brown, smoky sky apparent throughout the county and in surrounding areas was the direct result of a brush fire in the…
One more horrific prediction has come to pass for California’s drought-ravaged forests. According to the US Forest Service, trees are dying at an even more astonishing rate than they were last summer, creating fuel for what will almost certainly be the worst wildfire season in memory.
A brush fire in Santa Barbara County in California is burning over nearly 7,000 acres as of Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times, and amidst the destruction is some unique phenomena.
It had all the elements of a catastrophe: a truck hit an electrical pole in the bone-dry canyons outside LA, exploding a transformer. Winds were brisk with temperatures above 90 degrees. Despite that, the 500-acre blaze that looked particularly scary has only damaged three structures, reportedly because local…
Earlier this month, a devastating wildfire swept through the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, prompting more than 88,000 residents to evacuate. As the out-of-control blaze continues to swell in size, a bigger picture is starting to emerge: major fires like this are the future, and we’d better get used to it.
Wildfires are becoming bigger, wilder, hotter, and faster, and that’s a big risk to forests. But it’s not the fire itself that’s the latest threat to these forests–but something strange that’s happened as a result of them.
Here’s an interesting argument from MinuteEarth saying that we should stop fighting wildfires so vigilantly because we’re actually making wildfires even worse and harder to stop. Why? Because by stopping fires it allows trees to grow closer to each other which makes the forest denser and more flammable and the next…
Yes, that’s a pretty big plume of smoke you see coming out of Tanzania’s Mount Meru volcano—but contrary to appearances and some reports, it’s not erupting. Something else is happening up there.
The JKL Museum of Telephony, dedicated to preserving the history of phones, was destroyed last week as one of the worst wildfires of the summer raged across the central valley of California.
On Friday, California firefighters managed to fully contain the once-69,000-acre Rocky Fire. But 17 other fires still burn, with 13,000 men and women actively involved in fighting them. These photos capture the ongoing intensity.
The dry, hot weather of our warming planet doesn’t just mean drought—it also means the fire season is getting longer. Almost six million acres have burned in the US this year, with 45 active large fires currently burning right now. You’d think this would inspire humans to take a look at making our own habitats safer…
The climate is changing and no state has felt this more acutely than drought-plagued California, where 100,000 acres of forest are burning today—including one fire that’s 100 square miles. Today, the state’s governor Jerry Brown asked for help posing a question to Republican leaders: “What is your plan to deal with…
Dozens of charred, abandoned cars made for a surreal landscape after a massive wildfire swept across a major Southern California freeway yesterday afternoon. Early this morning officials confirmed that five drones flying over the scene hindered firefighters’ response and caused the fire to jump the freeway.
After a winter of record-low precipitation and record-high temperatures, I almost can’t bear to look at the wildfire forecast for summer. But here it is. And boy, is it ugly.
A small wildfire that had been burning in Yosemite since July suddenly become a much bigger wildfire, consuming over 2,500 acres near hiker-favorite Half Dome. Pictures of the blaze (and the terrific amounts of smoke it's generating) are a dramatic look at how quickly a wildfire can move.
What do you do when a wildfire breaks out? Mark Koontz, an expert in wildland fire management for the national parks, is here to answer our questions about tracking, managing, controlling, and fighting wildfires.
California is currently in the grips of a major drought, one of the worst of this generation. The region's lack of precipitation has not only hindered California's agricultural industry, it's also turned our forests into tinder. But researchers at the University of California San Diego have a potential solution: just…
It's only June and 2014 is already a record fire year out west. We asked a wildfire fighter how fires are fought, what causes them and what you can do if you find yourself in their path.