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Increased wildfires threaten drinking supply

Water managers are showing increased interest in mitigating the impacts of fire on their source watersheds as wildfires continue to increase.  The combination of drought, wildfire, and flood seen especially in the west mean that blackened soil and other fire remains accumulate in nearby valleys, clogging and contaminating drinking water.

First National Wildfire Preparedness Day: May 3

The first National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, is coming up on May 3rd.  As wildfires increase in duration and intensity, it is important to take time to prepare our communities for best possible prevention and safety in the event

New Jersey fires blaze through thousands of acres last week

Dry, windy conditions lead to high fire danger levels across the state of New Jersey as thousands of acres were burned.  Nearly 2,200 acres of forest had burned in New Jersey as of April 20, more than three times the total of last year by that day.

National Cohesive Strategy to reduce threat of wildfire to communities

On April 9th, the Obama Administration outlined a new strategy to protect communities, businesses and public and private lands from the threat of wildland fire for the 2014 fire season.

“Week of Fire” to be held in Bend, Oregon

From April 7-10, forest scientists and fire managers will meet in Bend, Oregon to discuss the latest research on fire ecology and its implications for forest management.  The week will include the 3rd biennial Central Oregon Fire Science Symposium, the first meeting of the newly formed Oregon Prescribed Fire Council and a four day training course titled, “The Ecological and Social Effects of Fire in Central Oregon.”

House Subcommittee holds budget hearing on USDA Forest Service Budget

The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing today on the Administration's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal for the USDA Forest Service with Chief Tom Tidwell was a witness.

New "Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network" blog

The Watershed Research and Training Center and The Nature Conservancy are pleased to announce a new online resource for those working to help communities live safely with wildland fire: the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network blog The purpose of the blog is to enhance networking and dialogue, and increase the sharing of learning and innovations related to community wildfire resilience.

Studies show titanium alloy clubs may be driving force behind golf-course fires

Scientists at the University of California, Irvine, found that under the right conditions, titanium clubs can create sparks that can heat to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit for long enough to ignite dry foliage.  These lightweight clubs, easier to swing than stainless steels clubs, have the potential to cause sparks when they hit rocks. 

What would a nuclear forest fire look like?

The forests around Chernobyl – the infamous nuclear power plant that exploded 28 years ago – are not decaying properly.  If these forests should catch fire, radioactive material would spread beyond Chernobyl’s Zone of Alienation, the off-limits 1000 square miles around the decommissioned facility.

Wildland Fire Assessment Program course offered online

The Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) is a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Volunteer Fire Council that helps prepare volunteer fire departments to conduct home assessments in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) in order to prevent and mitigate damage caused by wildfire. The program includes a four-module online course that covers understanding the WUI problem, identifying the zones, evaluating the home, and available resources; a train-the-trainer toolkit; assessment tools; and more.


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