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July 28, 2015

Trial by Fire: Wildfire Fighting Offers Lessons in Performing Well in Unpredictable Situations

July 22, 2015 — As continued drought and unusually high temperatures raise alarm over the severity of this year’s wildfire season in western states, a researcher’s study of wildland firefighting has uncovered ... read more

June 19, 2015 — The Lake Fire located in San Bernardino National Forest was reported just before 4:00 p.m. on June 17. The cause of the fire is still under ... read more

Research Roadmap Traces the Path to 'Smart' Fire Fighting

June 18, 2015 — A new report needed to develop advanced cyberphysical systems to greatly improve fire-protection and fire-fighting ... read more

How and Why Butterflies Survive Fires

June 12, 2015 — Deciding how often and when to use prescribed fire can be tricky, especially when managing for rare butterflies, scientists say. That realization stems from a new study in which researchers ... read more

Flames Fan Lasting Fallout from Chernobyl

May 21, 2015 — In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear ... read more

May 13, 2015 — The result of a research a research study can lead to improved fire safety and evacuation safety of the mining personnel, investigators say. The most common form of subterranean fires is vehicle ... read more

May 6, 2015 — The impact of forest fires is becoming ever greater on the Iberian Peninsula and climate change is partly to blame. In order to evaluate the effect of an increase in temperatures, Spanish and ... read more

Diversity of Habitat Needed Around Spotted Owl Reserves, Study Shows

Apr. 28, 2015 — A new study shows that many bird species, including several of high conservation concern, aren't getting the habitat they need due to a focus on promoting California Spotted Owl habitat in the ... read more

Mar. 17, 2015 — Land managers use prescribed burns to help prevent wildfires and protect the ecosystem. They prefer to burn every few years, but costs, liability and proximity to development prevent them from ... read more

Post-Fire Logging Can Reduce Fuels for Up to 40 Years in Regenerating Forests, New Study Finds

Mar. 12, 2015 — Harvesting fire-killed trees is an effective way to reduce woody fuels for up to four decades following wildfire in dry coniferous forests, a study has found. "Large wildfires can leave behind ... read more

Feb. 14, 2015 — Researchers are measuring bat populations in post-wildfire forests of Arizona. Bats are considered an indicator species of habitat ... read more

Feb. 11, 2015 — Healthy forest ecosystems need dead wood to provide important habitat for birds and mammals, but there can be too much of a good thing when dead wood fuels severe wildfires. A scientist compared ... read more

Tree Species Influence Boreal Forest Fire Behavior, Subsequent Effects on Climate

Feb. 2, 2015 — For a better understanding of how forest fires behave and interact with climate, scientists are turning to the trees. A new study shows that differences in individual tree species between Eurasia and ... read more

Peat Fire Emissions May Shed Light on Climate Change

Jan. 16, 2015 — Researchers are beginning a study of the climatic effects of peat fire emissions. "This project is going to provide the much-needed information on peat smoke aerosol properties for integration ... read more

Jan. 9, 2015 — After a forest fire, logging companies often follow to do what is called salvage logging--salvaging the timber that has not been completely destroyed by the fire. The economic benefit is clear. But ... read more

Dec. 17, 2014 — A new study examined how the Rim Fire burned through forests with restored fire regimes in Yosemite National Park to determine whether they were as resistant to high-severity fire as many scientists ... read more

Tornados of Fire: Examining the Fire Whirl Phenomenon

Nov. 17, 2014 — Meteorology meets fire science in a recent article exploring the violent whirlwinds that are known to wreak havoc in the nation’s ... read more

Wildfires That Could Impact Human Communities in Eastern Colorado Rockies Most Likely to Start on Private Lands, Experts Say

Nov. 10, 2014 — Scientists find that on the front range of the Colorado Rockies the highest fire risk factors are from privately owned lands and threaten other privately held land and ... read more

Small New Zealand Population Initiated Rapid Forest Transition C. 750 Years Ago: Drier Forests Lost Within Decades, Instead of Centuries as Previously Thought

Nov. 5, 2014 — Human-set fires by a small Polynesian population in New Zealand about 750 years ago may have caused fire-vulnerable forests to shift to shrub land over decades, rather than over centuries, as ... read more

Preserving the Great Plains Grasslands

Oct. 20, 2014 — A team from four universities will use a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant to look at governmental policies and social attitudes on the use of fire to reduce the vulnerability of ... read more

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