In explaining the causes of wildfires, the media and policymakers typically point to environmental factors, but that’s not the whole story.
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The media and policymakers often say a 'perfect storm' of environmental factors cause wildfires but that ignores the role of irresponsible urban planning and development in raising fire risks.
Picking up the pieces after fire devastated the city of Santa Rose, California.
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A California fire expert explains why municipalities need to reassess urban fire risk and take steps to learn how to coexist with fire.
U.S. Army Spc. Pam Anderson applies first-aid medical attention to an elderly man during flood relief operations just outside of Winona, Minnesota, August 20, 2007.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Ewer, U.S. Army
New research shows that older people are especially at risk during and after natural disasters, and may need medical help or other support well after relief operations end.
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Portugal's wildfire has killed 64 people. Yet, as with Grenfell Tower in London, the risk of such a blaze was foreseeable.
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Satellite images show smoke covering Russia for thousands of kilometres.
An airtanker in the Chelan Butte wildfire in August 2015.
In a part of Washington state hit hard by extreme fire, a fire ecologist explains how prescribed burns and thinning can make the land more fire-resilient.
Wildfires are getting bigger and more costly. Can we return them to a less dangerous state by looking to the past?
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Restoring forest landscapes through active thinning and letting fires burn in order to minimize fire damage has proved harder and less effective than advocates believed, says historian of fire.
Eventually reduced rainfall hit much of Australia thanks to El Niño.
From floods to drought, fire to famine, the 2015-16 El Nino has had a global impact.
Intense: driven by drier conditions and earlier spring melts, wildfires are getting more potent.
A review of more than 40 years of wildfire activity in the western U.S. demonstrates the potent effect drier, warming spring seasons, due to climate change, is having on wildfires.
Conditions in Alberta were ideal for wildfires: little snow cover, dry and warm.
Yes, climate change is creating conditions for the extraordinary wildfires near Fort McMurray, Alberta, but El Niño played a bigger role, says atmospheric scientist.
EPA/Government of Alberta/Chris Schwarz
The recent Canadian wildfires revealed the need for cutting-edge disaster management strategies.
Hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees.
Fire has played a vital role in human history, and will continue to. Recent advances in fusion herald the freeing of fire from captivity back into its natural form.
Ranger Ray Nadjamerrek demonstrates early dry season burning techniques in West Arnhem Land, Australia.
Warddeken Land Management.
Wildfire makes up about 4% of the greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere each year.
Throw another one on. Researchers tested plant flammability using a blow torch and barbecue.
You might think having trees around your home is the worst idea during a bushfire, but some plants can actually help repel fire.
An indigenous ranger burns vegetation in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
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European invasion completely disrupted the way aboriginal Australians managed fire. Learning from Australia's first people could help us fight fires in the future.
Extreme drought, a predictable impact of El Niño, fuels wildfires on the island of Borneo on October 14.
NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL-Caltech, MISR Team
The third-ever 'super' El Niño is under way. Here's how it will affect your region in the US and how global warming affects this and future El Niños.
Raging – and costly.
US National Parks Service
Federal agencies pay much of the cost to fight forest fires, which means taxpayers are subsidizing the risky practice of building more homes at the wildland-urban interface.
One more California wildfire from last year: getting more dangerous and more expensive.
The US West – suffering one of the most damaging wildfire seasons this decade – needs to break with current practices to avert more costly and dangerous wildfires in the future.
A new computer modelling technology has been created to continually update and predict wildfire growth for lengthy fire blazes…
Firefighters, rangers and officials have been fighting the fire for 12 days.
The frequency of large wildfires in the western US have been increasing over the past several decades. The Rim Fire, currently threatening the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park, is an example…