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Edmonton researchers create AI robot to predict wildfires

Edmonton - Scientists at the University of Alberta and the University of Oklahoma have designed a computer model inspired by the human brain to predict extreme fire weather.

Wildfires in U.S. are a growing national emergency

The U.S. wildfire season has gotten off to an early and intense start, scorching more than 5.2 million acres since the beginning of the year. There are 47 very large fires burning across nine states and they should be considered a national emergency.

Continuing wildfires in B.C. impacting Canadian timber harvests

Vancouver - Three weeks ago, when lumber companies began scaling back or halting operations due to the wildfires burning in British Columbia's interior, no one really knew just how bad it would become.

Massive wildfire near Yosemite forces thousands from homes

Mariposa - A massive wildfire in California's Central Valley has forced the evacuation of 4,000 people since the fire began on Sunday, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for Mariposa County Tuesday night.

With BC wildfires, lumber prices jump despite U.S. tariffs

Vancouver - The conditions that led to the spike in wildfires in British Columbia's interior forced lumber and some mining operations to halt work because of safety concerns. However, the fires have also caused a supply-squeeze, forcing a jump in lumber prices.

B.C. Wildfires: New evacuation orders issued for Williams Lake

The number of evacuees in British Columbia is expected to rise considerably above the 17,500 people who have already been forced from their homes as wildfires, fed by gusting winds, continue to roar across the province's interior.

Interior wildfires in B.C. are hitting several industries hard

Over 300 wildfires burning in British Columbia's interior are now placing an economic toll on several industries, including the lumber and mining sector, forcing companies to scale back or suspend operations for the safety of their employees.

Over 230 active wildfires raging across British Columbia

Gusting winds, coupled with hot and dry conditions are taking their toll on firefighters battling over 230 wildfires across central and southern British Columbia today.

British Columbia declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

Vancouver - Over 240 wildfires raging in Canada's western province of British Columbia have prompted the evacuation of over 3,000 people and the province's first state of emergency in over 14 years.

It is against the law to fly drones near wildfires in the U.S.

Prescott - Just days after a drone forced firefighting aircraft out of the sky over the raging Goodwin Fire in Arizona, the drone operator has been arrested. The 54-year-old man is facing multiple charges.

Record heat to end in Southwest as wildfire threat ramps up

The southwestern United States will finally get a break this week from the record-breaking heat wave that left 16 million residents under heat advisories. However, the dry conditions and wildfire threat will not subside.

Large Wildfires blazing across Southwest as deadly heat expands

The core of extreme heat keeping the southwestern part of the country in misery will expand its reach into the Pacific Northwest as the hot, dry weather further elevates the wildfire risk in the Southwest through Sunday.

Georgia-Florida state line a hot spot for raging wildfire

It will be a very tough and long week for firefighters in Georgia and Florida over the next few days as the Okefenokee wildfire, known as the West Mims Fire continues to rage after being sparked by lightning on April 6.

Wildfires raging across Florida force evacuation of thousands

Naples - Over 115 wildfires raged across Florida on Saturday, reports the Florida Forest Service. Over 30,000 acres have been burned and 7,000 homes have been evacuated.

Drought intensifies in parts of Florida, creating water shortage

Orlando - As the drought in central and parts of southern Florida intensifies, water is becoming scarce. On Thursday, South Florida water managers issued a water shortage warning, affecting close to 10 million residents.

'Florida Burning' Governor Scott declares state of emergency

Jacksonville - Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as over 100 wildfires blazed across the state. Since February, over 68,000 acres have been burned.

Wildfires rage in Boulder, Colorado and western North Carolina

A wildfire near the city of Boulder, Colorado prompted the evacuation of 426 homes on Sunday, while a wildfire in Western North Carolina, near Nebo in McDowell County, continues to rage almost unabated.

Gatlinburg, Tenn. up in flames as wildfire rages through area

Gatlinburg - On Monday afternoon, a large wildfire burning in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park spurred on by 70 to 80 mph winds quickly engulfing nearby communities, including Gatlinburg and parts of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Politically motivated arson? Thousands flee wildfires in Israel

Haifa - As a wildfire roared through Haifa, Israel's third-largest city on Thursday, tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes.

Dozens of wildfires in Southeastern U.S. burn over 80,000 acres

There are dozens of major wildfires blazing in the drought-ravaged Southeast of the U.S. As of today, wildfires, many of them set on purpose, have burned over 80,000 acres. One fire in Georgia has burned an area the size of Manhattan.

Forest fires in Appalachia prompt mass evacuations

Durham - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory had already declared a state of emergency covering 25 drought-ridden western counties with over 20 wildfires, but by Saturday evening, the situation went from bad to worse.

Northern Calif. wildfire burns through town, torching 175 homes

Lower Lake - Entire streets of the small community of Lower Lake, California, once filled with homes and businesses, have been reduced to a smoking rubble after a fast-moving wildfire roared through the town 90 miles north of San Francisco on Sunday.

Fires are needed to restore the Great Plains of the U.S.

To restore the grasslands of the Great Plains, a high intensity fire is required. The best way to achieve this, an ecologist argues, is with the use of drones.

Wildfires in California and Colorado lead to evacuations

A pair of wildfires burning in both California and Colorado forced the evacuation of hundreds of people and left two firefighters injured on Saturday. But the worst is yet to come as red flag warnings have been issued for a number of western states.

Heat and winds spread wildfires in California and Arizona

Triple-digit temperatures, along with gusty winds and dry conditions allowed a wildfire to quickly spread in a rural subdivision 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, forcing the evacuation of 400 families.

How drones, satellites and LIDAR tech help in fighting wildfires

It wasn't too many years ago that pick axes and shovels made up the primary tools firefighters had at their disposal when fighting brush or forest fires. But modern technology had changed the way we look at, as well as the way we fight fires.

Firefighters battling wildfires in four states during heatwave

Firefighters are battling home-threatening wildfires in four southwestern states today, along with gusting winds and extreme, possibly record-breaking heat.

British Columbia may be facing wildfires and drought this summer

Vancouver - The snowpack in British Columbia started melting early this year and because of the generally warm and dry conditions we had in April, the melting was quick.

Are birds keeping wildfires in northern Australia going?

Humans aren't the only creatures on Earth that have learned to use fire as a tool. Two species of birds may be purposely starting wildfires in Australia to force their prey out of hiding.

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Firefighters race to save a home where the edge of a wildfire is less than 50 feet from the home.
Firefighters race to save a home where the edge of a wildfire is less than 50 feet from the home.
North Port Fire Department Lieutenant Romeo Carrano with the glow of a fire burning deeper in the wo...
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.
Alberta wildfire  large amount of smoke.
Alberta wildfire, large amount of smoke.
Location of active wildfires in Alaska as of July 6  2015.
Location of active wildfires in Alaska as of July 6, 2015.
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Fire prohibitions in Kamloops  British Columbia start Sunday  May 15  2016  to help prevent human-ca...
Fire prohibitions in Kamloops, British Columbia start Sunday, May 15, 2016, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.
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The caption on this picture reads:  Pray for the wildlife  this is heartbreaking!
The caption on this picture reads: "Pray for the wildlife, this is heartbreaking!"
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As wildfires along the west coast of the United States continue to burn  fire-fighting resources are...
As wildfires along the west coast of the United States continue to burn, fire-fighting resources are quickly being depleted and new evacuations were spurred Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
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A number of homes have already been confi rmed to have been destroyed in the wildfires. The total nu...
A number of homes have already been confi rmed to have been destroyed in the wildfires. The total number of people evacuated is still not known.
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Typical soot superaggregates seen from sampling of smoke plumes from the Nagarhole forest fire.
Typical soot superaggregates seen from sampling of smoke plumes from the Nagarhole forest fire.
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9 2014
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9,2014 © Wildfire Management Branch
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The Butte fire  and the devastation it has caused.
The Butte fire, and the devastation it has caused.
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A wildfire threatens homes in San Marcos  California  on May 15  2014
A wildfire threatens homes in San Marcos, California, on May 15, 2014
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Northwest Crown Fire Experiment  Northwest Territories  Canada. Note the monitoring equipment in fro...
Northwest Crown Fire Experiment, Northwest Territories, Canada. Note the monitoring equipment in front of the fire.
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This Department of Forestry firefighter isn t running from the flames. He is hurrying to see how ste...
This Department of Forestry firefighter isn't running from the flames. He is hurrying to see how steep the embankment is near a bridge. These firefighters bulldoze paths deep into the wildfire to allow the firemen to get their trucks and other equipment in.
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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A firefighter pulls a hose into position while battling the Cocos fire on May 15  2014 in San Marcos...
A firefighter pulls a hose into position while battling the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California
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