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New report shows damaging climate change impact on U.S.

A U.S. government report assesses how climate change is wreaking havoc across the US. In terms of the future, this signals further damaging wildfires, more storms of intense rain, and more coastal flooding at high tides.

Trump prompts #RakeAmericaGreatAgain hashtag on Twitter

The leader of Finland denied on Sunday that he’d ever told President Donald Trump that the small Nordic nation relies upon “raking” its forests to prevent wildfires.

James Woods turns Twitter feed into 'bulletin board' for fire aid

The unprecedented ferocity of California's wildfires has resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres, thousands of structures and the loss of many lives. Despite all this, the flame of human kindness is alive with the help of social media.

At least 44 people have died in destructive California wildfires

Fueled by blustery winds and parched vegetation, two massive fires burning in California both grew overnight, even as exhausted firefighters worked to extend containment lines. Today, the winds are expected to return.

Death toll jumps to 25 as California battles wildfires

Powerful winds are expected to sweep through California on Sunday, exacerbating three major fires that have killed at least 25 people, destroyed thousands of homes and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents.

It's not forest management that's making wildfires so dangerous

The ferocity of the wildfires on either end of California have never been seen before in the state's history. While hundreds of thousands of people have fled the flames and thousands of homes have been destroyed, don't blame it on poor forestry practices.

Trump tweets on Calif. wildfires? 'I may yank federal payments'

President Donald Trump early on Saturday said “gross mismanagement of forests” is to blame for two unchecked wildfires burning in California, where nine people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced to evacuate.

Power shut off in some parts of California over wildfire fears

Sacramento - Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) purposefully shut off electricity to nearly 60,000 customers Sunday night, in fear that predicted wind speeds could fuel another wildfire in Northern California.

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.
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Alberta wildfires burn out of control.
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The ScanEagle was the UAS used on the Paradise fire in Olympic National Park.
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Firefighters hooking up a pump truck to a nearby fire hydrant to continue to battle the flames.
Helicopters are able to fly in stronger winds then plains  this one fly’s towards the Boyle fire.
Helicopters are able to fly in stronger winds then plains, this one fly’s towards the Boyle fire.
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Map showing wildfires across Canada as of July 8, 2015.
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CBC News reports, "Climate change is creating the perfect environment for fires to thrive."
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Helicopter dumps water on Saskatchewan fire.
Helicopter dumps water on Saskatchewan fire.
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Canada's wildfires have colored the sky and the water in surreal shades of grays, oranges and reds.
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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.
No words can describe the devastation caused by the fires in California.
No words can describe the devastation caused by the fires in California.
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Neighbors helping each other as the prepare to evacuate their homes when a 500+ acre wildfire consumed areas in both Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
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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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Wildfires blaze across western Canada. This blaze was filmed in Saskatchewan.
Wildfires blaze across western Canada. This blaze was filmed in Saskatchewan.
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