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Los Angeles just green-lighted a development on land that’s 8 times the size of San Francisco, and scientists are warning it’s in wildfire territory

Los Angeles just green-lighted a development on land that’s 8 times the size of San Francisco, and scientists are warning it’s in wildfire territory 13 December 2018 Published by https://www.businessinsider.de/ USA – Los Angeles has approved a plan to build a mixed-use development on land that’s eight times the size of San Francisco. Earlier this week, […]

‘Living under a time bomb’

‘Living under a time bomb’ 12 December 2018 Published by https://www.washingtonpost.com/ USA – NEVADA CITY, Calif. The deadliest wildfire in California history was blazing far away from here, about 75 miles north in the town of Paradise, but Mark Cooper and Galen Ellis saw danger just outside of their window. The couple’s beige three-bedroom house […]

Fire’s effects on soil moisture, runoff

Fire’s effects on soil moisture, runoff 12 December 2018 Published by https://www.sciencedaily.com/ USA – Fire and water. Timeless, opposing forces, they are actually linked in powerful ways that can have major impacts on communities and ecosystems. The 2011 Las Conchas mega-fire in New Mexico burned more than 150,000 acres and threatened the Los Alamos National […]

Smoke, Wind Hindered Aircraft Fighting Camp Fire, Officials Say

Smoke, Wind Hindered Aircraft Fighting Camp Fire, Officials Say 11 December 2018 Published by http://www.capradio.org/ USA – More details are emerging about Cal Fire’s ability to fight the Camp Fire from the air as it roared toward — and then through — the town of Paradise. Air tankers were flying above the fire about 70 […]

Wildfire cleanup for 3 state fires estimated at $3 billion

Wildfire cleanup for 3 state fires estimated at $3 billion 11 December 2018 Published by http://www.ktvu.com/ USA – PARADISE, Calif. (AP) – Authorities estimate it will cost at least $3 billion to clear debris from 19,000 homes destroyed by three California wildfires last month. State and federal disaster relief officials said Tuesday that private contractors […]

Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas 11 December 2018 Published by https://www.wric.com/ USA – SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken […]

Prescribed burns fall but fires soar across South West

Prescribed burns fall but fires soar across South West 10 December 2018 Published by https://thewest.com.au/ AUSTRALIA – The amount of land across the South West destroyed by bushfires has soared this decade after years of faltering efforts to keep the threat of uncontrolled blazes under wraps. Figures from the State Government have provided the clearest […]

CAT bonds could be key to paying for wildfire losses

CAT bonds could be key to paying for wildfire losses 10 December 2018 Published by https://www.marketplace.org/ USA – Physical devastation from the California wildfires is still being quantified as fire victims make the trek back to their homes, or what’s left of them. “There’s like nothing, it’s dust,” said former Butte Creek Canyon resident Declan […]

Inside the mind of an arsonist

Inside the mind of an arsonist 10 December 2018 Published by https://www.abc.net.au/ AUSTRALIA – For Shirley and Bill Gibson, February 7, 2009, was just another hot summer’s Saturday as they sheltered from baking temperatures in the cool interior of the home they loved in Gippsland, Victoria. “We had five-and-a-half acres at Hazelwood South. We had […]

The Scanner: California firefighters forced to shift training after each new wildfire

The Scanner: California firefighters forced to shift training after each new wildfire 10 December 2018 Published by https://www.sfchronicle.com/ USA – The fires broiling vast swaths of California get deadlier and more destructive every year because of bone-dry vegetation and increasing temperatures brought on by climate change. But the landscape isn’t the only thing permanently altered […]