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Western wildfire smoke is clouding the skies of Canada and Europe

The smoke from the fires out West, which has choked residents of California, Washington, and Oregon and painted the skies a haunting orange color, is everywhere. Now, the smoke is clouding the skies in New England, parts of Canada, and even Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds found dead in Western US

Biologists at New Mexico State University are trying to find out what is causing a mass mortality event among migratory birds. Hundreds of thousands of dead birds have been found from California to Texas, across the U.S. Southwest since August 2020.

Climate change is driving the extremes in weather and wildfires

We have seen two intense heatwaves on the U.S. West Coast, followed by some of the most catastrophic wildfires in recent memory - while a few hundred miles to the East, temperatures dropped and two feet of snow fell. Coincidence? No, it's climate change.

Heatwave and wildfires create hellish conditions in California

More than 200 people were airlifted to safety early Sunday after a fast-moving wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area in California’s Sierra National Forest amid record-breaking, triple-digit temperatures that are baking the state.

Western states bake in 'life-threatening' heat wave this weekend

Fifty million people in Nevada, California, Oregon and Arizona are under excessive, life-threatening heat watches or warnings through the Labor Day weekend as temperatures of up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit (49 Celsius) are expected.

We now live in the Pyrocene Age — a time of wildfires and smoke

The number and sheer magnitude of wildfires around the globe over the last two years have set records, not only in the amount of acreage burned, but in smoke pollution. One scholar, Stephen J. Pyne, suggests humans are living in a new age, the pyrocene.

California burning: Hundreds of wildfires force thousands to flee

Sacramento - Crews were battling wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area and thousands of people were under orders to evacuate Wednesday as hundreds of wildfires blazed across the state amid a blistering heat wave now in its second week.

Heatwave, wildfires, power loss — California declares emergency

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Tuesday to deploy resources to "combat fires burning across the state which have been exacerbated by the effects of the historic West Coast heat wave and sustained high winds."

Wildfires in California and Colorado fueled by brutal heatwave

Firefighters in Southern Californian and in Colorado are struggling to contain multiple wildfires in brutal dry heat, and in some areas, windy conditions. The fires have forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and triggered air quality alerts.

Wildfires in three Western states have burned over 90,000 acres

Firefighters across three Western states are battling wildfires that have destroyed more than 90,000 acres. Rising temperatures have not helped as firefighters in California, Oregon and Colorado work to get the blazes under control.

Siberian Arctic sets record for June heat as wildfires spread

Temperatures in Arctic Siberia soared to a record average for June, more than 5 degrees Celsius (9°F) above normal, in a heatwave that is stoking some of the worst wildfires the region has ever known.

Scientists map wildfire fuel moisture across western US

Researchers have developed a deep-learning model that maps fuel moisture levels in fine detail across 12 western states, opening a door for better fire predictions - even as drought conditions are expected to worsen.

Study shows that wildfires are changing Canada's boreal forests

Toronto - The increasing frequency of wildfires in Canada’s boreal forest may be permanently changing one of the largest intact ecosystems left on Earth, research suggests.

Using technology to keep lights on can also prevent wildfires

California utilities are experimenting with a new technology that proponents say could help prevent both electricity shutoffs and equipment failure-related wildfires.

Hurricane-force Santa Ana winds to hit southern California

The National Weather Service has issued a rare “extreme red flag warning” for Southern California through Thursday evening, saying winds could top 80 mph and be the strongest in more than a decade.

Winds are fueling the flames of over a dozen fires in California

A new wildfire, called the Getty Fire, broke out this morning in Los Angeles' posh Sherman Oaks neighborhood, while in northern California, the Kincade Fire has grown to 66,231 acres, and is just 5 percent contained.

California wildfires prompt statewide emergency as 200,000 flee

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state.

PG&E warns of massive power cuts due to 'Diablo' winds Saturday

Sacramento - After a brief break from howling winds, firefighters in Northern California braced for more ferocious "diablo winds" Saturday, prompting PG&E to warn it may shut down power to nearly 850,000 customers - nearly 2 million people.

Strong Santa Ana winds fan wildfires in Southern California

Wildfires in both Los Angeles County and Northern California's wine country continued to burn Friday morning. Punishing Santa Ana winds aren't expected to die down until Friday night while heat advisories remain in effect for coastal areas.

California power blackout may affect 1.5 million customers

Sacramento - Hundreds of thousands of residents in Northern California have had their power shut off as PG&E attempts to keep its power lines from sparking wildfires amid high winds. The blackout comes as a wildfire scorched 10,000 acres last night in Sonoma county.

Firefighters curb southern California blazes

Los Angeles - Wildfires raging across southern California abated on Saturday with evacuation orders lifted after 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

Firefighters curb southern California blazes

Los Angeles - Wildfires raging across southern California abated on Saturday with evacuation orders lifted after 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

Santa Ana winds die down in California, lessening fire threat

Santa Ana winds that drove fires through two Southern California areas have died down but flames that destroyed dozens of homes continue to rage.

'Unacceptable' power cuts blasted as California fire risk spreads south

Los Angeles - Hundreds of thousands of Californians were still without electricity due to pre-emptive blackouts Thursday as hot, windy conditions causing wildfires spread south toward Los Angeles, in a situation blasted as "unacceptable" by the state's governor.

A million Californians without power as fire risk spreads south

Los Angeles - More than a million Californians were without electricity due to pre-emptive blackouts Thursday, but localized fires broke out as hot, windy conditions spread south toward Los Angeles.

California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires

Los Angeles - Rolling blackouts set to affect millions of Californians began Wednesday as a utility company started switching off power to an unprecedented number of households in the face of hot, windy weather that raises the risk of wildfires.

Alaskans experiencing fires, little rain and drought conditions

Anchorage - In one Alaska village, officials are barging in jugs of water and shutting off the public water supply 12 hours each day. In another, automatic flush toilets have been switched to manual flushing, and restaurants are serving meals on paper plates.

Alaska's wildfires threaten severe damage to life and property

Juneau - Take the impacts from the climate crisis, throw in an incredibly warm and dry summer - and you one of the most destructive fire seasons Alaskan's have experienced in a number of years.

Expert breaks down numbers from Amazon wildfires

As Brazil’s wildfires continue to rage, it has been widely reported that the Amazon rainforest is responsible for producing 20 percent of the world’s oxygen supply. This is incorrect, according to carbon cycle expert Neal Blair.

Bolsonaro caves — Sends troops to fight Amazon rainforest fires

Bowing to increasing pressure to act from leaders around the world and protesters in the streets, President Jair Bolsonaro sent Brazil's military to fight forest fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.
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Businesses are burned to the ground by brushfires in the town of Dunalley  Tasmania.
Businesses are burned to the ground by brushfires in the town of Dunalley, Tasmania.
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LANDSAT imagery show the comparison of idle fields in California from 2011 to 2015.
LANDSAT imagery show the comparison of idle fields in California from 2011 to 2015.
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The Deer Zone Fires - Firefighters are battling 3-5 separate fires totaling 50-75 acres, moderate rate of spread in the Round Valley Area (Contra Costa County).
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An aerial view of the Red Deer Creek wildfire near the B.C. / Alberta boundary.
An aerial view of the Red Deer Creek wildfire near the B.C. / Alberta boundary.
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File photo: Michele posted this image on Twitter with a very short comment: "There are no more words." This speaks eloquently for many people in our Southeastern states facing these fires.
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A firefighter pulls a hose into position while battling the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California
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Firefighters in Alaska are battling two wildfires today.
Firefighters in Alaska are battling two wildfires today.
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A State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman said that twenty-three large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California, some 8,000 firefighters attempting to subdue them. August 1, 2015.
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Firefighters tackle a wildfire in the town of La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
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Examples of forest dryness progressing across western states in 2019.
Examples of forest dryness progressing across western states in 2019.
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The ScanEagle was the UAS used on the Paradise fire in Olympic National Park.
The ScanEagle was the UAS used on the Paradise fire in Olympic National Park.
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North Port Fire Department Lieutenant Romeo Carrano with the glow of a fire burning deeper in the woods, lays down some water & chemicals at the edge of a road to keep the fire that's heading his way from jumping over the road.
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When a fire is spreading quickly or its about to threaten a home, as in this wildfire it is approaching a farm, policeman will help to keep a fire from spreading. In this 2006 photo, North Port police officer Noel Coward is pulling a hose to help firemen, already fighting the blaze, so they can extend the reach of the water.

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