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Elevated radiation levels detected near wildfires in Chernobyl exclusion zone
by Bill Gabbert on April 7, 2020 at 8:38 pm
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Dozers built fireline through 3,500 burning rental cars
by Bill Gabbert on April 6, 2020 at 9:47 pm
The catastrophe may have been an indirect effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 7,300 unused rental cars were stored in a grassy field. The post Dozers built fireline through 3,500 burning rental cars appeared first on Wildfire Today.
An employee in Colorado’s EOC tests positive for COVID-19
by Bill Gabbert on April 5, 2020 at 5:19 pm
One person in Colorado’s State Emergency Operations Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The information was revealed April 4 in a press release by Public Information Officer Micki Trost. Daily medical screenings as used at the Center can only detect someone who is already infected, at which point they may have been shedding the virus … Continue reading "An employee in Colorado’s EOC tests positive for COVID-19" The post An employee in Colorado’s EOC tests positive for COVID-19 appeared first on Wildfire Today.
Two wildfires in the Pisgah National Forest in NC burn 80 acres
by Bill Gabbert on April 4, 2020 at 11:07 pm
About 65 firefighters are working to suppress two wildfires in North Carolina that have burned a total of 80 acres. U.S. Forest Service firefighters are responding to two significant fires, including the Camp Daniel Boone Fire that has burned into the Shining Rock Wilderness on the Pisgah National Forest. The fire started on private property … Continue reading "Two wildfires in the Pisgah National Forest in NC burn 80 acres" The post Two wildfires in the Pisgah National Forest in NC burn 80 acres appeared first on Wildfire Today.
Explosive target at gender reveal party turns into 10-acre wildfire
by Bill Gabbert on April 4, 2020 at 10:10 pm
From CNN, April 4, 2020: A gender reveal party in Florida went wrong and sparked a 10-acre fire, CNN affiliate WESH reported. Firefighters were called to a home in Brevard County, Florida, last weekend after reports that a blaze was possibly ignited by fireworks, fire officials said. But when they arrived, firefighters realized some explosives … Continue reading "Explosive target at gender reveal party turns into 10-acre wildfire" The post Explosive target at gender reveal party turns into 10-acre wildfire appeared first on Wildfire Today.
Wildfires News about wildfires. Commentary and archival information about forest and brush fires from The New York Times.
Lynx Numbers Are in Decline in the West
by By Karen Weintraub on April 8, 2020 at 5:19 pm
While the federal government weighs taking the Canada lynx off the list of threatened species, a new study points to reduced populations in Washington State, Colorado and Montana.
Race, pollution and the Coronavirus
by By Lisa Friedman and Zoë Schlanger on April 8, 2020 at 3:48 pm
Also this week: How to be ready for overlapping disasters
PG&E Deal With Wildfire Victims Challenged Over Share Price
by By Ivan Penn and Peter Eavis on April 6, 2020 at 10:21 pm
The falling price of the utility’s stock, which is part of a $13.5 billion settlement, has complicated the company’s exit from bankruptcy by June 30.
PG&E Will Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Camp Fire
by By Ivan Penn and Peter Eavis on March 23, 2020 at 12:38 pm
The California utility faced felony charges in connection with a 2018 wildfire that killed more than 80 people.
How the Coronavirus Crisis May Hinder Efforts to Fight Wildfires
by By Kendra Pierre-Louis on March 20, 2020 at 11:15 pm
As many firefighters should be preparing for wildfire season, they are grappling with the fact that how they live and work could spread the coronavirus.
PG&E Reaches Agreement With Governor, Clearing Bankruptcy Hurdle
by By Ivan Penn and Peter Eavis on March 20, 2020 at 9:05 pm
The troubled California utility is agreeing to limit payouts to shareholders to satisfy Gov. Gavin Newsom in its effort to emerge from bankruptcy and qualify for a state wildfire fund.
Fires Left These Wallabies Nothing to Eat. Help Arrived From Above.
by By Matthew Abbott on March 18, 2020 at 9:10 pm
Tons of carrots and sweet potatoes have been dropped from a helicopter in Australia to feed the threatened marsupials.
‘Like Licking an Ashtray’: Fires’ Invisible Threat to Australia’s Wines
by By Jamie Tarabay, Michelle Elias and Matthew Abbott on March 6, 2020 at 6:24 am
The smoke produced by the blazes that ravaged the country may ruin entire vintages, but detecting contamination is a guessing game.
Climate Change Affected Australia’s Wildfires, Scientists Confirm
by By Henry Fountain on March 4, 2020 at 5:02 pm
Human-caused climate change had an impact on Australia’s wildfires, a new attribution study confirms. The 30 percent figure they calculated is a minimum.&nbs
Has Australia Reached a Climate Tipping Point?
by By Lisa Pryor on February 24, 2020 at 10:00 am
After a summer of devastating fires, we need to ask ourselves hard questions about how we live.