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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.

Record number of wildfires burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest

A record number of wildfires are burning away large areas of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, according to satellite imagery provided by the country's National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

Russia declares a state of emergency over Siberian wildfires

Russia has declared a state of emergency in five Siberian regions after wildfires engulfed an area of forest almost the size of Belgium amid record high temperatures as a result of the climate crisis.

So much of the Arctic is on fire, you can see it from space

Over 100 intense wildfires have ravaged the Arctic since June, with scientists describing the blazes as "unprecedented." The fires have been so intense and produced so much smoke they can be seen from space.

British Columbia's forestry sector fighting for survival

Quesnel - British Columbia's forest industry started out 2019 with several temporary closures of sawmills for between one and six weeks. Six months later, about 20 temporary (and a few permanent) closures are having a direct effect on employees and communities.

Wildfires and power cuts in Europe as heatwave breaks records

Hundreds of firefighters battled on Saturday to contain wildfires in southern France as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least three people in Italy.

Wildfires are causing chronic smoke exposure, premature death

Climate change means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across North America to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.

PG&E cuts power to thousands of Californians amid wildfire threat

Pacific Gas & Electric implemented a controversial practice of cutting power to selected portions of Northern California on Saturday to guard against wildfires as the weather turned very windy, dry and hot.

Scientists: Canada's wildfires are linked to the climate crisis

As another extreme fire season starts in Canada with more people on the run, scientists say they are already seeing signs that climate change is playing a role.

Fires burning out of control in Alberta linked to climate crisis

The Chuckegg Creek Fire in Northern Alberta has grown to 280,000 hectares (691,895 acres) and is just one of about 10 wildfires burning out of control in a region of the old-growth boreal forest.

The unseen impacts of climate change on mental health

Vancouver - Most of us recognize the connections between climate change and the severity of floods, hurricanes, wildfires and greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. But there has been little focus on climate change's impact on mental health.

Wildfires break out in Britain as temperatures hit record levels

Firefighters battled a series of wildfires in Britain on Wednesday, including a large moorland blaze outside the northern English city of Manchester, as the country experienced its warmest winter weather on record.

Erin Brockovich steps in to support California wildfire victims

Environmental and consumer rights activist Erin Brockovich has taken up the cause of California wildfire victims and is seeking compensation, once again, from Pacific Gas & Electric.
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Location of study area and weather stations used for CFWIS indices. (b) Ecozones in study area and grid points used for predictor fields. AB, BC, and SK are the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan and NWT. CC License: Attrition, no deriv.
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Firefighters race to save a home where the edge of a wildfire is less than 50 feet from the home.
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Firefighters battled Monday to protect oil installations in Canada's wildfire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray.
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A Florida Department of Forestry helicopter just exits the smoke after dumping its bucket of water o...
A Florida Department of Forestry helicopter just exits the smoke after dumping its bucket of water on to an area where firefighters need additional help to fight the blaze.
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A man rides his bicycle away from burning hills in Azusa, California, northeast of Los Angeles, June 20, 2016 as temperatures reach triple digits in the region and fires break out around the region.
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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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Alberta wildfire, large amount of smoke.
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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It is just the latest example of the frightening extremes marking this historic western wildfire season. So far, more than seven million acres has been torched this season.
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File photo: Fires left unattended with thick underbrush can set off large wildfires that consume everything in sight.
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Full of sap, red cedars act like a kerosene torch.
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Firefighters preparing to join the fire lines.
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Reconstruction of Surface Weather Map for October 8, 1971.
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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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The Butte fire, and the devastation it has caused.
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Barely visible through the smoke, a sheriff's helicopter, outfitted with a 300 gallon tank, dumps its load on top of the fire where fireman can't get to.

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