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In the Kimberley, for instance, "cool, patchy burns" by Aboriginal rangers - where overnight dew limits the spread of flames - help to limit wildfires, while ensuring there's enough vegetation for rare animals like the endangered Gouldian finch to survive, according to KLC chief executive Nolan Hunter.
Santa Rosa's post-fire budget picture darkened considerably Thursday when the City Council learned it's on track to burn through nearly $18 million in savings this year, potentially leaving the city unable to pay its share of the cost of debris removal now underway. City manager Sean McGlynn told the ...

FAIRFIELD -- Legislation introduced this week would require private and public utilities to adopt procedures to "de-energize" power lines when extreme weather conditions - such as high winds - create a greater threat for wildfires. "This bill addresses what we can do proactively when circumstances, like ...
California suffered record-breaking wildfires last year and now insurers are taking a harder look at fire risk. Urban areas are increasingly getting considered as a fire hazard. Insurers refused to renew thousands of policies in fire areas after previous disasters. A proposed state bill would limit insurers' ability ...
While dry winters are not uncommon for Kansas, officials say it will take a wet March and April to diminish the wildfire threat. That won't happen if the Climate Prediction Center outlook for the next three months proves accurate. All but the eastern quarter of Kansas will be drier than normal, the latest outlook ...

This week a group of scientists warned in the journal BioScience that the dead trees could produce wildfires on a scale and of an intensity that California has never seen. Coming in the aftermath of the deadly and destructive fires last year both in wine country and Southern California, the warning is ...
When Santa Rosa agreed in 2016 to annex Roseland, it did so knowing the heavily Latino neighborhood of unincorporated county land was going to need tens of millions of dollars in public investments to bring it up to city standards. Three weeks before the annexation became official, the most devastating ...
firefighters mop up one of the smaller wildfires of 2017 at Whitewood Drive, south of Steamboat Springs. ... After spending more than $80,000 fighting wildfires in 2017, Routt County commissioners are studying how the county can more effectively spend that money to improve the county's five rural fire ...
Tilapia skin acts as a biologic band aid on a mountain lion's burn wounds from a California wildfire. 0 Shares. email. The wildfires that roared through California's arid landscape caused devastation in terms of human life, property damage and wildlife, but amid the destruction -- an innovation.
wildfires were an absolute menace in California last year. Blazes took 39 lives and torched 199,000 acres in the wine country fires in Northern California in October. One firefighter was killed in the Southern California fires in December. And the largest of those fires smoldered on into 2018. The Thomas Fire ...
Salvage Logging Planned After Big wildfire in SW Oregon. The US Forest Service plans salvage logging on a portion of forestland that burned in a large wildfire in southwest Oregon. Jan. 12, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.. Salvage Logging Planned After Big wildfire in SW Oregon ...
A wildfire is contained when it is surrounded on all sides by some type of boundary, but is still burning and could jump one of those boundaries. When there is no further threat of a fire jumping a containment line, it's considered controlled -- at that point, the fire fight is over. An official cause of the fire, which ...
... they approach unsustainable conditions and wildfires can rage out of control and become catastrophic, destroying homes and communities, harming natural and cultural resources and threatening human lives. Additional negative impacts from catastrophic wildfire can include the loss of healthy forests ...
VENTURA, Calif. -- The largest wildfire on record in California was declared contained on Friday, days after mud on the coastal mountain slopes it scorched crashed down on homes during a storm, killing at least 18 people. The Thomas fire was declared 100 percent surrounded after ravaging Ventura and ...
State regulators moved Thursday to extend the deadline for a long-awaited blueprint that will identify areas at high risk of wildfires and guide electric companies in public safety precautions for years to come. The California public utilities Commission took little time in its regular monthly voting meeting to ...

Every resident, rancher and vacation home owner in a forested area - especially those with children, elderly folks and animals - must plan for wildfire, including evacuation. Tom Bennion, a Jemez Springs fire expert, suggests that the most important preparation is a defensible, low-fuel area around your ...
Serenity Walk Park in East Naples reopens; wildfire, Hurricane Irma had damaged it. Eric Staats .... It's open again, after being closed since last March when a wildfire and then Hurricane Irma in September ripped through the heavily wooded park and mile-long walking trail. The one-two punch wreaked ...
In 2017, 1,566 wildfires burned 27,549 acres in Arkansas. This is the highest wildfire frequency year since 2012 when 2,148 wildfires burned 34,434 acres. Overall, wildfires were larger in 2017 with an average size of 17.6 acres compared to a 10-year average of 15.5 acres. The highest wildfire frequency ...
MOODY, Texas (KWTX) Crews from at least five departments contained a rapidly spreading wildfire that was threatening some rural homes Thursday in the area of Eddy and Moody. Gusty winds from an approaching cold front fanned the flames early Thursday afternoon. Initial reports indicated that some ...
XL Group Ltd. on Wednesday announced preliminary estimates of natural catastrophe net losses of roughly $45 million related to the recent wildfires in Southern California and $20 million related to other events. The estimated losses are roughly evenly split between the company's insurance and ...
The mudslides struck the communities hit hard by the Thomas fire in December, the largest wildfire in California's modern history. That's because burned soil can act as a water repellent like pavement, so rainfall that would normally be absorbed in the ground runs off rapidly after a wildfire. Thus, much less ...
Barely two months after fires charred Northern California's wine country, the state is once again staring down a spate of wildfires, this time in Southern California. These fires are fueled by some of the strongest Santa Ana winds in recent memory. Here are some eye-popping numbers from these latest fires: ...
... but the North Bay wildfires came during harvest of the new vintage. While almost all the 2017 crop had been picked in Napa and Sonoma counties the first night of the firestorm, Oct. 8, about half the crop was still on the vine for Frey Vineyards and its growers in cooler, slower-ripening Mendocino County.
California homeowners located in areas most vulnerable to wildfires are finding it increasingly difficult to find or afford wildfire insurance, according to a December 2017 report by the California Department of Insurance (CDI). Since wildfires in the state claimed 3,000 structures including 1,700 homes in ...
The likelihood of an active wildfire season in 2018 is 'above normal' for Oklahoma and western Arkansas beginning in February. Arkansas State Forester Joe Fox said, "Plenty of fuel on the forest floor and an uncertain drought outlook" add to the scenario of more, and bigger wildfires this year. According to ...
When California regulators in December adopted tough new rules to prevent power lines from starting wildfires, they based the rules on a map. Years in development, the detailed map will show which parts of California face an elevated or extreme risk of wildfires. The higher the risk in a particular area, the ...
If you are searching for something to do on a cold winter day the National Weather Service has just what you need -- an interactive map system showing the probability of a wildfire of various sizes by date of the year. You can choose what size fire you're interested in, 100, 300, 1,000, or 5,000 acres and ...
This is worrying because exposure to particles and gases associated with wildfire smoke often leads people to be hospitalized with breathing and heart-related problems. To measure the impact of wildfires on air quality, Larsen and her colleagues analyzed different sources of relevant data collected ...
But flooding in and around the area scarred by last month's Thomas wildfire, the largest on record in California, posed the "greatest threat," according to the weather Service. "Residents living in or immediately downstream should take immediate precautions to protect life and property," it said in a pre-dawn ...
Los Angeles (CBSLA) -- The first big storm of the season started to drop rain Monday on areas burned just weeks ago by the largest fire in California history, prompting evacuation orders and a rush for sand bags to protect against mud flows. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the residents of ...
Some of the same residents who were forced to evacuate during this year's wildfires in Southern California are being ordered to evacuate again as a very dangerous storm bears down on the area. weather forecasters predict the Coast and valleys can expect 2 to 4″ with foothills and mountains seeing ...
(Los Angeles) -- Officials say about 21,000 people have been evacuated from neighborhoods beneath hillsides laid bare by California's largest-ever wildfire and other recent blazes as a storm raises fears of flash floods and debris flows. Robert Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of ...
Allen was one of 10 New Hampshire firefighters called to help combat the Thomas wildfire that's burned more than 280,000 acres and destroying more than a 1,000 buildings since it started in early December. It's one of the state's largest wildfires in modern history. For Allen, this wasn't her first out of state ...
Several inches of rain were expected in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties -- areas that were scorched by the Thomas fire and other recent wildfires stoked by dry Santa Ana winds. The Thomas fire is the largest wildfire in California history, fire officials have said. The blaze, which has burned more than ...
A historic year of wildfires left residents who live near burns areas facing another threat this winter in California. The fires stripped vegetation from hillsides, leaving those ares more succeptible to flooding and debris flows during winter storms. Use the links below to see USGS maps of post-fire debris flow ...
Pacific Gas and Electric officials now say that before the North Bay firestorm, the company only shut down 38 of the several thousand automated devices that some experts believe started the wildfires. In a letter last week to State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), the company discussed reclosers, devices ...
In his 2004 book Scorched Earth, Idaho Statesman columnist Rocky Barker describes the desperate sprint he and a colleague made to escape a 1988 wildfire in Yellowstone National Park: "Coals were pelting his back and I could see fist-sized firebrands by my head. … The entire area turned black as night ...
Mendocino County was 90 minutes into its wildfire when the first call came from the field for evacuation warnings. The dispatcher wrestled 10 minutes with the wording, then called a lieutenant at home. He encouraged a valleywide warning "just so we can get people awake." But she worried about downed ...
State regulators have released previously withheld details in reports filed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. revealing the exact location of damaged transmission equipment found near the ignition points of the wildfires that ravaged Sonoma and Napa counties in October. The documents -- including the precise ...
After any wildfire on Metro land, staff works hard to stabilize the soil and restore the area. This usually involves putting in erosion control measures, restoring fire lines back to their pre-fire conditions, seeding the site with native grasses and forbs, and replanting trees and shrubs if necessary. Sometimes we ...
... two-week hiatus, Ellen DeGeneres took a moment during her Wednesday broadcast to thank the firefighters and first responders who helped keep her home safe from the threatening California wildfires that spread last month. Now recognized as Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire, ...
"Regardless of whether you have a chaparral ecosystem burning in Southern California or a forest ecosystem in the Sierra, there's always a concern about whether they're going to bounce back from a wildfire," she said. "Many areas are not bouncing back as they have." Stevens-Rumann and her fellow ...
The lion has responded "remarkably well" to treatment and fish and Wildlife expects it to make a full recovery. Due to its young age, the damage to its habitat and extent of its injuries, the puma will likely be placed in captivity. The Thomas Fire, considered one of the largest wildfires in California history, was ...
The firestorm that hit the North Bay in October had huge consequences for many homeowners and businesses, including tax implications. We interviewed Aaron Tompkins, a CPA and senior manager in the tax section of Moss Adams in Santa Rosa, about how to handle fire-related casualty losses using ...
The CPUC in November rejected a request from SDG&E to pass $379 million in costs related to the deadly 2007 wildfires in San Diego County onto ratepayers, ... Torres said SDG&E has made significant improvements to its electric grid when it comes to wildfire preparedness, "but when dangerous fire ...
7 in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties. Trump issued a federal emergency declaration Dec. 8 authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies to help respond to the wildfires. At the time, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, the Lilac Fire near Fallbrook in San Diego ...
Images show the destructive force of the Thomas, Creek and Skirball wildfires raging in and around Los Angeles. Report a Typo. Related Topics: weathersmokesmokeair qualitysouthern californiaThomas Firewildfirefirehealthbay area air quality management districtSan FranciscoOaklandMarinSan ...
This Southern California inferno is the biggest wildfire in California since it least 1932.The Thomas Fire is the seventh most destructive, with at least 1,063 homes, businesses and other structures destroyed. That number is sure to grow, since fire officials said the fire might not be fully controlled until January ...


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