Satellite image of a forest fire in July 2021 in northern Saskatchewan (Wapawekka Hills). The image covers an area of about 56 kilometres in width and is based on Copernicus Sentinel data.
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North America’s boreal forests have been burning a lot, probably more and more over the past 60 years. Yet the long-term trend indicates that they are burning less than they were 150 years ago.
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In a new study, the authors discuss the role that poor forest management in protected areas, commercial plantations and fuel condition play in the spread of fire.
Scientists’ involvement in media reporting on fire leads to more nuanced and balanced messages.
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Fire must be allowed to play its natural role.
Research found more than 3.11 million hectares of land burned in 2019 across Indonesia’s 34 provinces, nearly double the official estimate of 1.64 million hectares.
The majority of fire-related deaths that occurred in 2020 took place in people’s homes.
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Last year, 3,500 Americans were killed by house fires. A former fire and explosion investigator has 10 tips to keep you and your children safe this holiday season.
Smoke rises from a wildfire in the forested hills of the Kabylie region, east of the capital Algiers, on August 10, 2021.
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With a massive territory to manage, all actions taken - to prevent, to detect and to fire fight - aren’t enough.
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Sri Lanka is still grappling with the consequences of the cargo ship fire, which dumped tonnes of plastic and hazardous chemicals into the ocean.
What if we had a system, like Medicare, where costly fire prevention measures were subsidised?
Inflammatory housing materials such as candles and paraffin stoves cause fires which spread rapidly in informal settlements.
Smoke alarms are used extensively in formal buildings around the world to alert occupants to impending fires, but until recently they’ve not been used informal dwellings.
It’s a … fire!
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Increasingly outlandish gender reveal parties align perfectly with the values of an economy that’s always scrolling for the next best thing.
Some predators, including red foxes, move into burnt areas after fires pass through.
Some predators thrive after fires, other wilt – and one bird even starts them on purpose.
If you’ve ever put wet wood on to a fire, you may have noticed it makes a lot more noise than dry wood.
Water and sap inside the wood make mini explosions as they turn into gas and burst out. That’s why damp wood makes the noisiest fires.
Multiple large, intense fires are stretching from Australia’s coast to the tablelands and parts of the interior.
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They escaped to the coast for the quiet life, but now sea-changers are in the path of monster fires.
The Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, California on Oct. 31.
‘California is America fast-forward,’ writes one scholar. Does that mean that the dystopian infernos that have consumed parts of the state are simply a picture of what awaits the rest of America?
A fire rages through wetlands close to Cape Town in February 2017.
The danger of fires in the Cape region this season is partly dependent on how the Fynbos has been managed over the past few decades.
Fires are burning across Queensland and New South Wales.
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Climate change makes every risk factor for major bushfires worse, which means massive, intense fires will only become more likely.
Durban’s Bhambayi township was among the areas wrecked by heavy rains, mudslides and winds that have left more than 300 people dead.
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Rebuilding informal settlements after a disaster must be done through learning from those who live in the settlements.
A burnt out property near Miena, Tasmania. The central Tasmanian house was fitted with roof sprinklers and surrounded by cleared land but succumbed to flying embers from bushfires.
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If you’re preparing to defend your home from fire, be aware of the vulnerable parts of your house.
2016’s warm winter meant not enough snow for the start of the Iditarod sled dog race in Anchorage, so it was brought by train from 360 miles north.
For everyone from traditional hunters to the military, the National Park Service to the oil industry, climate change is the new reality in Alaska. Government, residents and businesses are all trying to adapt.
In South Africa, untamed fires are on the rise in informal settlements and low-income neighbourhoods.
Paraffin stoves are used all over South Africa in millions of households and are the riskiest.