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Apr 22, 2013; 5:00 AM ET Experts say extreme heat, low humidity and areas of drought will create the perfect environment for widespread wildfires this coming wildfire season.
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Jul 18, 2014; 5:00 AM ET What areas of the country are most susceptible to wildfires and what type of weather pattern breeds more intense wildfire seasons.
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2013 has been an especially bad year for forest fires in America's West. The Rim Fire has spread into Yosemite, one of the most cherished national parks and has done untold damage to a huge swath of once scenic landscape. But as Anthony tells us, while the flames may look terrible, fires like these may not be so bad. Read More: How Sequoias Survive Wildfires, in Yosemite and Beyond http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130826-giant-sequoias-yosemite-rim-fire-forestry-science/ "As the Rim Fire rages in and around Yosemite National Park, biologists have taken steps to protect two groves of giant sequoia trees. One tree expert suspects, however, that the measures have more to do with public relations than with sound forest policy." Misguided Fire Control Is Making Wildfires Bigger: Interview with Ecologist Stephen Pyne http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/wildfires-are-an-environmental-insurgency-and-we-re-losing-interview "After over a week of burning in and around my Colorado Springs hometown, the massive "Waldo Canyon wildfire" is now 70 percent contained. As of Monday afternoon, the fire had claimed two lives (with more people still unaccounted for), 350 homes, burned 17,000 acres, and cost over five million dollars to fight." Wildfires-- Nature Taking It's Course?" http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3080972/ns/weather/t/wildfires-nature-taking-its-course/#.Uh0Cl2SapOh "Wildfires are part of the life cycle of forests, but the nation watched in horror last summer as firefighters tried and failed to smother some of the biggest fires as they swept through prime recreation land and destroyed property. Now forestry experts are openly debating an age-old question: Should wildfires be stopped at all costs, or should they be allowed to play their role in thinning forests?" How Wildfires Work http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/wildfire.htm "In just seconds, a spark or even the sun's heat alone sets off an inferno. The wildfire quickly spreads, consuming the thick, dried-out vegetation and almost everything else in its path. What was once a forest beĀ­comes a virtual powder keg of untapped fuel." Yosemite Wildfire Grows, Fueling Dangerous Winds http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=yosemite-wildfire-grows-fueling-dan "A colossal wildfire raging across the western edge of Yosemite National Park swept further into the park on Sunday and forced the evacuation of some its camps due to heavy smoke, according to a park spokesman." Fire near Yosemite grows to more than 280 square miles http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/27/firefighters-try-to-contain-californias-rim-fire-now-swelling-to-nearly-180000-acres/2706135/ "Even before evacuation warnings reached her rural mountain community ahead of the massive and growing wildfire just to the east, Stacy Geer packed up her two kids and headed to the safety of an evacuation center." Watch More: Top 5 Deadliest Forest Fires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA6PT1y1bDk Smart Firefighter Suit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmZkHm7_GDI How Geysers Erupt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gyhvqbIaOE ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com
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NASA Hangout: Wildfire and Climate Change
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So, what is fire, exactly? What causes fires in the wild, and how do we put them out? SciShow answers your burning questions about the science of fire. (See what we did there?) Hosted by: Michael Aranda ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/artist/52/SciShow Or help support us by subscribing to our page on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Thanks Tank Tumblr: http://thankstank.tumblr.com Sources: http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fire-understanding.pdf http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2013/08/wildfires-projected-worsen-with-climate-change http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/16/us/as-california-battles-fires-fears-of-worse-ahead.html?_r=0 http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/AFFM/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_165767.html http://www.citylab.com/politics/2013/05/feds-are-fighting-forest-fires-wrong/5702/ http://www.onearth.org/article/forest-service-firefighting-policy-reversal http://www.onearth.org/articles/2013/06/let-it-burn-is-the-best-wildland-fire-policy http://www.livescience.com/26257-fighting-chaparral-fires-myths-busted.html https://www.hcn.org/issues/44.16/fire-scientists-fight-over-what-western-forests-should-look-like http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/31/2312591/climate-change-wildfires/ http://www.eenews.net/stories/1059941462 http://www.borealforest.org/world/innova/forest_fire.htm https://www.nifc.gov/PUBLICATIONS/communicators_guide/2%20Wildland%20fire%20overview.PDF http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/business/energy-environment/wildfires-and-climate-change.html?_r=0 http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/wood-ash-can-be-useful-yard-if-used-caution http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/workshop2011/WoodCombustion-Curkeet.pdf http://virtual.vtt.fi/virtual/innofirewood/stateoftheart/database/burning/burning.html http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/workshop2011/WoodCombustion-Curkeet.pdf http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=2048
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Jul 1, 2012; 5:00 AM ET A camera aboard the International Space Station has captured the wildfires all the way from orbit.
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Farmers in Borneo, Indonesia, have long drained and burned the region's peat swamps to create farmland for growing food. But the highly flammable peat causes many of these fires to burn out of control. In a project led by Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Indonesians are now using climate prediction techniques to forecast fire risk during the dry season so they can better prevent wildfires.

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