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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.

Luxury LA mansions threatened as fierce California wildfires rage

Los Angeles - Local emergency officials warned of powerful winds on Thursday that will feed wildfires raging in Los Angeles, threatening multi-million dollar mansions with blazes that have already forced more than 200,000 people to flee.

New blaze ignites near LA as fierce California wildfires rage

Los Angeles - California motorists commuted past a blazing inferno Wednesday as wind-whipped wildfires raged across the Los Angeles region, with flames triggering the closure of a major freeway and mandatory evacuations in an area dotted with mansions.

Southern California fires force evacuation of nearly 200,000

Los Angeles - Wind-whipped fires continue to rage for a third day in Southern California, including a new blaze in the posh Bel Air area of Los Angeles and Interstate 405, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

California struck once more by devastating infernos

Santa Paula - More than a thousand firefighters were struggling to contain a wind-whipped brush fire in southern California on Tuesday that has left at least one person dead, sent thousands fleeing, and was choking the area with thick black smoke.

Death toll in California fires stands at 21 with over 500 missing

Santa Rosa - The death toll from the devastating wildfires that continue to spread across Northern California has risen to 21 as of Wednesday., while the number of people unaccounted for has risen to over 600.

Two confirmed dead as wildfires continue to rage in wine country

There are now 14 wildfires burning across eight counties in California this afternoon, forcing the evacuation of over 20,000 people and causing the death of two. Altogether, since 10 p.m. last night, 57,000 acres have been burned.

California's famed wine country engulfed by massive wildfires

Strong winds caused four wildfires to break out Sunday night in California's Napa and Sonoma Counties, forcing people to flee for their lives in the middle of the night.

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.
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Image of Thomas Fire near Hwy 150 and Hwy 126, north of Santa Paula (Ventura County) on December 7, 2017.
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Visualization of section of Sierra Nevada forest structure developed by the SNAMP Spatial Team using Lidar data.
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Over 240 wildfires are raging through central British Columbia.
Over 240 wildfires are raging through central British Columbia.
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The Butte fire, and the devastation it has caused.
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Wildfires in BC.
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Location of the major fires in Alaska.
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A North Port fireman puts out a brushfire that started when a homeless man's homemade structure went up in flames. It can be barely seem in the steam and smoke coming off the forest's floor.
Softwood lumber prices in British Columbia have seen a jump because of the wildfires.
Softwood lumber prices in British Columbia have seen a jump because of the wildfires.
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Firefighters in Alaska are battling two wildfires today.
Firefighters in Alaska are battling two wildfires today.
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Imperial Metals Inc has significantly reduced operations at its Mt. Polley mine because of the wildf...
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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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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Cascade Complex, Idaho, 2007. Photo taken: Sep 11, 2007
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Alberta wildfire, large amount of smoke.
Firefighters battled Monday to protect oil installations in Canada s wildfire-ravaged city of Fort M...
Firefighters battled Monday to protect oil installations in Canada's wildfire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray.
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