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May 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 15, 2014 — Change in disturbance regimes -- rather than a change in climate -- is largely responsible for altering the composition of Eastern forests, according to a researcher. Forests in the Eastern United ... read more

Sep. 29, 2014 — New research provides some of the first rigorous field data to test whether fires that burn in areas impacted by mountain pine beetles are more ecologically severe than in those not attacked by the ... read more

Sep. 24, 2014 — The perception that Colorado's Front Range wildfires are becoming increasingly severe does not hold much water scientifically, according to a massive new ... read more

Cost-Share Programs Encourage Most to Mitigate Wildfire Danger

Sep. 15, 2014 — Most homeowners are willing to take part in cost-sharing that helps pay for wildfire risk mitigation on their properties, but some of those with the highest wildfire risk are the least likely to ... read more

Climate Change to Increase Forest Fire Danger in Europe

Sep. 8, 2014 — Climate change is expected to contribute to a dramatic increase in forest fire damage in Europe, but better forest management could mitigate the problem, according to new ... read more

Aug. 28, 2014 — It’s that time of year again -— the dry season in southeastern Asia when smoke and particulates from Indonesian peat swamp fires on the island of Borneo drift across to neighboring countries. ... read more

Aug. 19, 2014 — If we can better understand scientifically how wildland fires behave, we’ll have a better chance to accurately predict their evolution, researchers say. When wildland fuel distribution and ignition ... read more

Forest Fires in Spain Have Evolved With Climate Since 1968

Aug. 13, 2014 — The landscape of forest fires in Spain has been defined on a scale over the course of 42 years. The research has found that the abandonment of agricultural land and higher temperatures have ... read more

Aug. 6, 2014 — Ecologists have researched the history of wildfire across California, and have compared and contrasted historical versus contemporary and forested versus non-forested patterns of wildfire ... read more

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