Dry Winds to Bring Extreme Fire Danger

Dry Winds to Bring Extreme Fire Danger






Dry Winds to Bring Extreme Fire Danger A mixture of strong, dry winds and warm weather Thursday raise the area’s wildfire danger to ‘extreme,’ in Southern California Strong winds will blow Thursday afternoon and evening in bone-dry areas of the Southern California accompanied by low humidity, creating extreme fire-weather conditions, the National Weather said today. […]






Warm, Dry Conditions Elevate Fire Danger In California

Warm, Dry Conditions Elevate Fire Danger In California






Warm, Dry Conditions Elevate Fire Danger In California Factors contributing to an elevated fire danger in California are the low humidity and the August heat, along with the presence of dry vegetation. Warm, dry conditions plus onshore winds are creating an elevated danger of wildfire in interior sections of Southern California, National Weather Service forecasters […]






Blue Cut Fire: Acreage, Containment Updates on Wildfire Near Cajon Pass

Blue Cut Fire: Acreage, Containment Updates on Wildfire Near Cajon Pass






Blue Cut Fire: Acreage, Containment Updates on Wildfire Near Cajon Pass A wildfire that started Tuesday in the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County has forced mass evacuations in the area. The latest estimates from the National Forest Service put the size of the Blue Cut Fire at 25,626 acres, as mapping was refined throughout […]






Tesla Model S (NASDAQ:TSLA) Catches Fire in France

Tesla Model S (NASDAQ:TSLA) Catches Fire in France






Tesla Model S (NASDAQ:TSLA) Catches Fire in France, Burns to Ground $TSLA A Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) EV (electric vehicle) caught fire during a promotional tour in southwest France, and those aboard escaped unharmed. A brand new Tesla Model S abruptly caught fire while prospective buyers were test-driving it as part of a event organized by the […]






Classic Car Week Begins on the Monterey Peninsula

Classic Car Week Begins on the Monterey Peninsula






Classic Car Week Begins on the Monterey Peninsula Monterey Classic Car Week had its unofficial “kickoff” Friday night with classic race cars being exhibited on Alvarado Street in downtown Monterey. This weekend Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is hosting more than 300 race cars competing prior to next weekend’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. But then the […]






Pilot Fire at Silverwood Lake Grows, Evacuations Ordered

Pilot Fire at Silverwood Lake Grows, Evacuations Ordered






Pilot Fire at Silverwood Lake Grows, Evacuations Ordered A fast-moving wildfire near Silverwood Lake in southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains continued to burn out of control Sunday night, scorching some 1,500 acres, and prompting evacuation orders and road closures, officials said. The blaze, dubbed the Pilot Fire, erupted about 12:10p near the Miller Canyon OHV […]






Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed on EK521 Accident

Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed on EK521 Accident






Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed on EK521 Accident Emirates flight EK521 crash landed in Dubai airport with 300 people onboard Emirates Chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has confirmed that all 300 people onboard the Emirates EK521 aircraft which crash-landed Wednesday are safe. Flight EK521, operating from the Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram to […]






This Year’s Wildfires From Space

This Year’s Wildfires From Space






This Year’s Wildfires From Space Fire seasons are an average 78 days longer than they were in Y 1970, and the number of acres scorched each year has doubled since 1980, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) If the start of this wildfire season is any indication, this alarming trend won’t be extinguished anytime […]






New Measures Address Fire Safety Risks at Dubai’s Tall Towers

New Measures Address Fire Safety Risks at Dubai’s Tall Towers






New Measures Address Fire Safety Risks at Dubai’s Tall Towers The recent fire at the high-rise Sulafa Tower in Dubai Marina brought back focus to the fire safety issue  Wednesday, 20 July, the Sulafa Tower in the Dubai Marina, a 78-story high-rise residential building, suffered extensive fire damage as a result of the spread of […]






California and Colorado Wildfires Prompt Evacuations of Thousands

California and Colorado Wildfires Prompt Evacuations of Thousands






California and Colorado Wildfires Prompt Evacuations of Thousands Strong winds will keep the wildfire danger high across the West Sunday into Monday. Strong winds will keep the wildfire danger high across the West Sunday into Monday. Wildfires burning in both California and Colorado have forced evacuations and left one firefighter injured Saturday evening, burning more […]






California Wildfires: 9 Large Fires, 2 Deaths, 100’eds of Homes Destroyed

California Wildfires: 9 Large Fires, 2 Deaths, 100’eds of Homes Destroyed






California Wildfires: 9 Large Fires, 2 Deaths, 100’eds of Homes Destroyed Here are the latest stats on the major wildfires currently burning in the State of California More than 5,200 firefighters are working Monday to battle nine large blazes across the Golden State as fire season rages on. Cal Fire is warning of increased fire […]






Deadly Brushfires Haunt Western Australians

Deadly Brushfires Haunt Western Australians






Deadly Brushfires Haunt Western Australians The system for managing bushfires in WA (Western Australia) is “failing citizens and the government”, a special inquiry into the deadly Yarloop and Waroona blazes has concluded, and if change does not occur, “then the prospect of a future catastrophic bushfire event is increasingly likely”. Six months after the devastating bushfires […]






Historic Flood Ravage West Virginia, 20 Dead and Counting

Historic Flood Ravage West Virginia, 20 Dead and Counting






Historic Flood Ravage West Virginia, 20 Dead and Counting Friday, the West Virginia Governor’s communication director, said some areas were “probably looking at flooding that’s going to be the worst in 100 years.” Tens of thousands of people were without power, and several roads are impassable, hundreds of houses have washed away. At least 20 […]






Update: Santa Barbara Wildfire, “it is Very Hot and will get Hotter”

Update: Santa Barbara Wildfire, “it is Very Hot and will get Hotter”






Update: Santa Barbara Wildfire, “it is Very Hot and will get Hotter” The wildfire in Santa Barbara County, California has burned thousands of acres and prompted the declaration of a local emergency as firefighters continue into the weekend facing extremely difficult conditions. More than 1,200 personnel were responding to the wild fire, which has been […]






Wildfires in Southern California Raging, 100’s in Danger

Wildfires in Southern California Raging, 100’s in Danger






Wildfires in Southern California Raging, 100’s in Danger A wildfire in Southern California more than 3X’d in size overnight and forced officials to close a major highway, 100’s of homes in danger,  another blaze in New Mexico had communities on edge after destroying 24 homes, officials said on Friday. California’s Sherpa Fire, burning in chapparal […]






Fire Ravaged Ft. McMurray Canada Hit with Flash Floods

Fire Ravaged Ft. McMurray Canada Hit with Flash Floods






Fire Ravaged Ft. McMurray Canada Hit with Flash Floods As if the May wildfires were not enough, last Thursday a stationary front in the northern prairies brought heavy rain and flash flooding to Ft. McMurray, The rainfall lead to isolated flash flooding in several neighborhoods across the city including Thickwood and Timeberlea, according to the reports, […]






The Common Exclusions in Homeowner’s Insurance

The Common Exclusions in Homeowner’s Insurance






The Common Exclusions in Homeowner’s Insurance American homeowners are often surprised to learn that earthquakes, flooding, and a sump pump malfunction are not covered by their homeowner insurance policy. Earthquakes, unexpected deductibles, and flooding are just a few of the costs your homeowners policy may not cover. But if you are like most Americans, you […]






Many Businesses that Close Due to Natural Disasters Never Reopen

Many Businesses that Close Due to Natural Disasters Never Reopen






Many Businesses that Close Due to Natural Disasters Never Reopen “All businesses should assess their exposures to hazards and risks to their operations,” said Blake Clampffer, assistant emergency management coordinator for Travis County, Texas. “Fire and Flood are important, however businesses should consider other natural and man-made hazards.” Natural disasters in Central Texas include: tornadoes, […]






Brushfires in South Australia Described as Horrific Catastrophe

Brushfires in South Australia Described as Horrific Catastrophe






Brushfires in South Australia Described as Horrific Catastrophe Last November an emotional South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill described the brushfires burning North of Adelaide as “horrific,” survivors told of traumatic experiences. With two people confirmed dead and 16 hospitalized with injuries, Mr. Weatherill said the situation was “hard to get in touch with”. “It’s an […]






Bark Beetles Ravage Drought-stricken Forests in California

Bark Beetles Ravage Drought-stricken Forests in California






Bark Beetles Ravage Drought-stricken Forests in California Armies of bark beetles are ravaging drought-weakened pine trees forests throughout California in a fast spreading epidemic that biologists fear could soon turn catastrophic. Local, state and federal officials are helpless against the pestilence, which has turned hundreds of thousands of acres of forest brown and left huge […]






Bushfires on the Rise in Australia, + 40% Since 2007

Bushfires on the Rise in Australia, + 40% Since 2007






Bushfires on the Rise in Australia, + 40% Since 2007 The number of bushfires in Australia is on the rise, +40% since Y 2007 local scientists have found. In a new research paper, published earlier this year in the journal Royal Society Open Science, scientists from CSIRO and University of Tasmania also say the increasing […]






A Ft. McMurray Like Wildfire Could Easily Happen In Australia

A Ft. McMurray Like Wildfire Could Easily Happen In Australia






A Ft. McMurray Like Wildfire Could Easily Happen In Australia As a huge and destructive wildfire burned a path through central Canada, an Australian fire expert has issued a strong warning, “it could easily happen here “It sounds extreme, our cities could burn down, or parts of our suburbs could burn down, but it could happen,” […]






Massive Wildfires are Burning Around the World

Massive Wildfires are Burning Around the World






Massive Wildfires are Burning Around the World Alberta’s unusually early and large fire is just the latest of many huge fires on an earth that’s grown hotter with more extreme weather. Earlier this year, large wildfires hit spots on opposite ends of the world, from Tasmania to Oklahoma-Kansas. Last year, Alaska and California pushed the […]






Firefighters Fight against Flame Retardants in the Home

Firefighters Fight against Flame Retardants in the Home






Firefighters Fight against Flame Retardants in the Home If flame-retardant chemicals worked, they would probably have no stronger supporters than firefighters. Yet, they are among their strongest opponents. It is not only that the chemicals are ineffective, but they are highly toxic. Charging into a burning home is dangerous enough, but entering a home with burning […]






America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency

America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency






America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency When single family home builders talk about customer service, they focus on how to make the building process smoother, how to speak to customers so that they understand, and how to mitigate problems and delays. Last year in a presentation at the 2015 Avid Conference […]






Australia & New Zealand Disaster and EM Conference

Australia & New Zealand Disaster and EM Conference






Australia & New Zealand Disaster and EM Conference  CRC research will feature with two complete streams at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference on the Gold Coast. CRC researchers speaking include Dr Chris Bearman, Dr Paula Dootson, Dr Katharine Haynes, Dr Danielle Every, Laura Gannon, Dr Jim McLennan and Lyndsey Wright. Earlybird […]






Convoys Evacuate Ft. McMurray Wildfire Victims, Oil Sands Operators Cut Production

Convoys Evacuate Ft. McMurray Wildfire Victims, Oil Sands Operators Cut Production






Convoys Evacuate Ft. McMurray Wildfire Victims, Oil Sands Operators Cut Production Friday and Saturday, Convoys of evacuees stranded by a wildfire raging in and around Ft. McMurray made their way through the heart of the devastation on the only highway out of the region. Wind-whipped flames roaring through forests and brush parched by a Spring […]






Extreme Weather Strains Australian Firefighting Resources

Extreme Weather Strains Australian Firefighting Resources






Extreme Weather Strains Australian Firefighting Resources Australia’s firefighting resources will come under increasing strain as climate change causes Northern and Southern hemisphere bushfire seasons to overlap. Dozens of Australian firefighters have traveled to the United States to help fight more than 70 wildfires as the nation weathers one of its worst wildfire seasons in recent […]






Most Fires And Forest Fires Are Caused By People

Most Fires And Forest Fires Are Caused By People






Most Fires And Forest Fires Are Caused By People A number of fires In New Jersey this week may be indication of things to come as the Garden State enters it peak fire season. The latest reported brush fires on Tuesday shut down rail service on New Jersey Transit and Amtrak’s Northeast corridor, cutting off […]