The 2017 US wildfire season is off to alarming start, with thousands of individual fires having scorched through 2 million acres since the start of the year. That’s nearly 10 times more land burned than what’s typically seen at this stage of the season—and a troubling sign of things to come.
Not all the animals that burned in the fire had died, so the cowboys returned with shotguns in hand, and bandanas over their faces to ward off the stench. The animals had to be put down as quickly and humanely as possible under the circumstances. Everything in sight was covered with fine ash.
We are torching our own country annually. While climate change has exacerbated fire season, researchers haven’t really studied how many of those fires are our own damn faults until recently.
Over the weekend, the Chilean government ended a state of emergency enacted last month in response to the worst wildfire season in the nation’s history. The fires, which now appear to be dying down, have torched more than 900,000 acres—roughly four times the area of New York City—since January 15th.
Unprecedented wildfires in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains have killed three, forced the evacuation of thousands, and damaged hundreds of structures in the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Residents are bracing for a potential fourth day of fires as the forecast calls for high wind and lightning.
The Israeli government has deployed its fleet of firefighting planes to combat a wildfire that has forced tens of thousands to leave their homes in Israel’s third largest city, Haifa. The fires have been exacerbated by dry, windy conditions. Manpower and larger aircraft are being sent from other countries.
An aspiring internet weatherman in eastern Kentucky was recently arrested on second-degree arson charges after authorities say he intentionally started a wildfire, the Associated Press reports. According to police, 21-year-old Johnny Mullins admitted to setting the fire to bring wider attention to his videos on…
Shifting winds and blazingly hot temperatures are fueling a wildfire in southern California that has now spread to 51 square miles and is now threatening several neighborhoods.
In the past couple of years, firefighters in California have been incredibly angry that drones are showing up practically every time they try to fight a wildfire. Well, on Friday, officials in the state announced that they’ve made the first arrest of a drone hobbyist due to his interference with firefighting efforts…
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…
The wildfire that swept through Fort McMurray two weeks ago has now breached a critical firebreak, threatening Canada’s largest oil production facilities, and forcing the evacuation of thousands more workers. As seen from space, this ongoing wildfire is a horrific sight to behold.
Wildfires continue to ravage the Canadian province of Alberta, and experts say they could double in size and take months to extinguish. Here are the latest space-based images of this unprecedented natural disaster.
The wildfires that began in the Fort McMurray area in Alberta last week are expected to double in size, with officials saying that it could take months to get the situation under control.
The mass exodus from the Fort McMurray area in Alberta has widened as wildfires continue to spread in and around the ravaged oil town. Officials have had to re-evacuate fleeing residents, while relocating its emergency headquarters some 200 miles south of the city.
As firefighters continue to battle a devastating wildfire burning inside the city of Fort McMurray, images are starting to emerge about the tremendous scale of the devastation. City officials fear that the entire city could be lost.
Residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta—home to 83,000 people—have been ordered to leave as an out-of-control wildfire swept into the city. It’s the largest fire evacuation in the province’s history.
Filmmaker Jeff Frost has documented over two dozen wildfires in California over the past several years. To convey the extent of these blazes, he has put together a timelapse video showing them from a unique—and horrifying—perspective.
The blackened skeletons of scorched trees jut out of the smoldering Earth like angry bee stings. A smell of ash, dust, and death hangs in the air. This isn’t a scene from a post apocalyptic movie. It’s part of a Tasmanian World Heritage Site that harbors some of the oldest trees on Earth.
An ancient forest at the end of the world is facing an unprecedented threat. Since mid-January, bushfires sparked by lightning storms have raged across northwest Tasmania, home to relic forests representing a time when the island was part of Gondwana 180 million years ago.