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Warning against 'drone watching' over wildfires

Flying drones has become a popular pastime among many, especially as the cost of entry-level drones has fallen. There's a time and a place, however, and flying drones over wildfires is likely to get the owner in trouble.

B.C. fires are the 'new normal' says Premier John Horgan

When wildfires get as ferocious as the ones ravaging Western Canada right now, firefighters can't do much more than letting them run their course, says a risk management expert. But what if this is now the "new normal?

Hard to breathe and hard to see — Pacific Northwest wildfires

Thick smoke from wildfires in the western United States and Canada have clogged the skies across western North America, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon and Colorado to British Columbia and Alberta.

Augmented reality software helping in battle against wildfires

As large swathes of California continue to be consumed by wildfires, some fire departments have turned to Augmented Reality to keep personnel in the field informed with real-time updates and information.

B.C. declares a provincial state of emergency due to wildfires

Vancouver - On Wednesday morning, he B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

Over 100 large wildfires blazing in U.S. as more fires erupt

Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States on Saturday, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, say fire officials.

Op-Ed: The world is seeing global warming 'up close and personal'

Catastrophic heat, wildfires, crop failures and deaths are just a very few of the events going on right now around the world - and climate scientists are warning if we do nothing - it is only going to get worse. Climate Change is no longer a debate.

Trump blames California wildfires on state's environmental laws

Always the climate denier, President Trump appeared on Sunday to place blame for massive wildfires in California on the state's environmental laws, including its water and forest management policies.

Low humidity and high winds fuel growth of California wildfires

Sacramento - Fire crews battling deadly Northern California wildfires Saturday braced for two days of windy, hot weather that could drive the flames into new areas and threaten more homes.

Drought and wildfires pose questions over Israel's water security

Jerusalem - For years, Israelis were hit with public service announcements to conserve water, and once Israel got into desalination technology, the government thought their water problems were solved. But that strategy is now at risk because of a 5-year drought.

California wildfires — A 'new normal' into uncharted territory

At a news conference Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said the wildfires raging across Northern California represent a "new normal" and the state must be prepared to spend billions of dollars dousing, containing and trying to curb them in the future.

NASA can look at the factors leading to start and spread of fires

NASA researchers recently developed a model that analyzes various weather factors that lead to the formation and spread of fires. It is called the Global Fire Weather Database (GFWED).

Western North America drought conditions fuel deadly wildfires

Hot and dry, with no rain in sight - This has been the weather forecast for much of the western coast of North America for the past several weeks, worsening drought-like conditions leading to hundreds of wildfires.

Alberta firefighter dies fighting wildfires in Red Lake, Ontario

Ontario - This year's unusually active fire season in North America has taken another firefighter's life, this time in Northwestern Ontario on Thursday.

Record-breaking heat marches to the beat of climate change

The summer of temperature extremes just keeps going, with record heat waves this month on all four continents that occupy the non-tropical Northern Hemisphere where it is now summer.

Nearly 1,000 homes on evacuation alert in B.C. due to wildfires

Kelowna - Some 123 fires are burning across the province, of which 41 are in the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the Okanagan. There are also significant wildfires raging in central and southeast B.C. and in Ontario.

Boeing 747-400 Global Supertanker: An amazing firefighting tool

Sacramento - With wildfires raging across California and other western states, firefighters need all the help they can get. First used in the state in 2017, Cal Fire has again called in the Boeing 747-400 Global Supertanker to assist firefighters.

California wildfire season is mirroring 2017 and that's not good

Sacramento - The most important issue facing California lawmakers today is wildfires. And as the issue rises over Sacramento like the smoke from last year's blazes, the state is now forced to look at the possibility 2018 will be a repeat of last year.

Fast-moving wildfire at Oregon-California border out of control

A wildfire that leaped over the Klamath River before surging into the woodlands near the Oregon-California border claimed the first fire-season fatality in the state Friday morning and kept fire crews racing to contain it all day.

Wind-driven Northern California wildfire drives 3,000 from homes

Sacramento - Gusting winds and high temperatures have fueled a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California. Already, dozens of structures have been lost and hundreds more are at risk

California utility will cut power during extreme fire danger

Sacramento - On Thursday, California's Pacific Gas & Electric Company announced it will start switching off power to minimize sparks in vulnerable areas during times of extreme fire danger as part of its new comprehensive Community Wildfire Safety Program.

Connecting the dots between 2017's natural disasters and climate

From hurricanes to wildfires, heatwaves, and droughts, 2017 was a devastating year all across the planet, and while we tend to use the term "natural disaster," in most cases, they have been climate disasters.

Evacuations ordered for California's third-largest wildfire since 1932

Los Angeles - Evacuation orders were issued Saturday for areas in California's Santa Barbara County as the state battles its third-largest wildfire since 1932, with winds and dry conditions threatening to help the blaze grow.

Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters were battling one of the most destructive wildfires in California's history Monday as it crept relentlessly up the Pacific coast and forced new evacuations.

Fire in southern California threatening another city

Ojai - A fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days.

As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire relief

Ojai - Brutal winds that fueled southern California wildfires finally began to ease Saturday, giving residents and firefighters hope for a respite as the destructive toll of the blazes came into focus.

Winds whip California fires as they spread south

Bonsall - Thousands of firefighters battled raging wildfires in California on Saturday that have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee the Los Angeles area, as well as outbreaks closer to San Diego.

Winds whip California fires as they spread south

San Diego - Unrelenting winds fanned towering flames Friday in southern California, where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee multiple devastating fires in the Los Angeles area and new outbreaks near San Diego.

Wildfires rage across southern California, first death reported

Los Angeles - Firefighters on Thursday battled raging wildfires across southern California that have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, including residents on the outskirts of Los Angeles, America's second-largest city.

Wildfires rage across southern California

Los Angeles - Wildfires fueled by strong and unpredictable winds raged across southern California on Thursday, sweeping into the upscale suburbs of Los Angeles, America's second-largest city.
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Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States  pushing the number of major active blazes nati...
Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100.
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The smoke from one of the fires and the heat of the flames distort the sun and almost blots it out.
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Imperial Metals Inc has significantly reduced operations at its Mt. Polley mine because of the wildfires in south central British Columbia.
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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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Firefighters in Alaska are battling two wildfires today.
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Northwest Crown Fire Experiment, Northwest Territories, Canada. Note the monitoring equipment in front of the fire.
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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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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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Businesses are burned to the ground by brushfires in the town of Dunalley, Tasmania.
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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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