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$75,000 Offered To Find Drone Operators Who Interfered With Firefighters

After three separate instances of drones grounding firefighting efforts, a Southern California county is getting serious about finding and punishing their operators. San Bernardino County Supervisors have offered a $75,000 reward which they hope will entice people to come forward with information about the quadcopters… » 7/29/15 4:30pm 7/29/15 4:30pm

California Lawmakers Want to Let Emergency Responders Disable Drones

Last week firefighting crews couldn’t do their job because five amateur drones were circling the area. And this wasn’t the first time. Drones are getting in the way, and some lawmakers in California want to change all that. Specifically they’d like to give emergency responders the legal ability to disable drones. » 7/22/15 7:50pm 7/22/15 7:50pm

Firefighters Can't Help People In Burning Cars Because of a Stupid Drone

A giant wildfire currently spreading through Southern California’s Cajon Pass is burning cars on the freeway in what the San Bernardino County Fire Department is calling a “multi-casualty incident.” But the firefighters also issued a report that due to a drone seen flying in the area, they couldn’t get their… » 7/17/15 7:50pm 7/17/15 7:50pm

How I Saved (One Tiny Island In) Canada From Wildfire

Last week, I took a trip up to northern Saskatchewan, to the edge of the boreal forest. It’s an area very close to what locals call the bush. I’d come to camp with family and friends at Emma Lake, but when we arrived we discovered that we were deep inside one of the biggest wildfire outbreaks in years. » 7/09/15 10:25am 7/09/15 10:25am

The Biggest Danger From This Year's Historic Wildfire Season

Wildfires are tearing across Alaska and western Canada at a record-breaking rate this summer. But stands of blackened trees and cross-continental plumes of smoke are only the most visible signs of damage from the 300 or more fires currently raging. The biggest concern may be what’s happening below ground. » 7/07/15 8:30pm 7/07/15 8:30pm

So Many Fires Are Burning In Alaska the Midwest Is Covered In Smoke

The drought hitting the West is not just striking the continental US. That same weather pattern that’s sucking the life out of California is also making life hot, dry, and dangerous for the top third of North America: Alaska and Canada have seen little rainfall, soaring spring temperatures, and now, a record-breaking… » 7/01/15 6:00pm 7/01/15 6:00pm

All the Dreamy Drone Businesses the FAA's Proposed Rules Would Kill

There are plenty of very good, fun, and helpful things that drones can do—things like monitoring crops and delivering beer and saving lives. Unfortunately, over the weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the first draft of its rules for commercial drones, and guess what? The rules would make a… » 2/17/15 10:45am 2/17/15 10:45am

Using Explosives to Put Out Wildfires Is Actually a Great Idea

Picture this: a drought-fueled wildfire is heading for Los Angeles, and fast. Millions of lives are at stake, and water can't stop it. When suddenly, a helicopter—armed with what can only be described as a giant cannon—flies straight for flames and BOOM. There's an explosion, and the fire's gone. » 5/21/14 5:21pm 5/21/14 5:21pm

There's No End in Sight for California's Megadrought

California's chief snow surveyor ventured into the Sierras this week to see how much water the state can expect from the spring melt—and he came back with very bad news. The devastating drought that the state's been dealing with the past few months will continue to devastate for the foreseeable future. » 4/03/14 3:20pm 4/03/14 3:20pm

6 Tools That Are Saving Arizona from the Wildfires

Now that summer is heating up, certain parts of the world are prone to one heat specific disaster: wildfires. Numerous regions in Arizona, and the Los Alamos Nuclear Plant in New Mexico, are currently being ravaged by wildfires. And though it's only a minor consolation, there's lots of forward-thinking technology… » 6/29/11 12:30pm 6/29/11 12:30pm