Progress Made in Northern California Wildfire

Progress Made in Northern California Wildfire

Progress Made in Northern California Wildfire Friday, after a 5th day of extreme firefighting in California’s wine country there is a bit of  hope, as crews batting the flames reported their 1st progress toward containing the mighty blazes, and 100’s more firefighters join the effort. Fully 17 large fires were still burning across Northern California, […]

The Scope of the California Wine Country Wildfires is Huge

The Scope of the California Wine Country Wildfires is Huge

The Scope of the California Wine Country Wildfires is Huge $BF-B, $MMC The fires ravaging Northern California will leave the area’s renowned wine industry with damage that will be felt for a long, long time. At least 4  Napa Valley vineyards have been destroyed or significantly damaged, and the toll may be even worse in […]

The Cost of Natural Disasters in Australia in the Billions

The Cost of Natural Disasters in Australia in the Billions

The Cost of Natural Disasters in Australia in the Billions The cost of natural disasters, fires and floods, in Australia is now 50% more than previously estimated, A$9-B in Y 2015, and is set to increase to $33-B by Y 2050 even ignoring the effect of climate change, according to 2 reports commissioned by the […]

The US Forest Service Spent $1.72-B on Firefighting in 2015

The US Forest Service Spent $1.72-B on Firefighting in 2015

The US Forest Service Spent $1.72-B on Firefighting in 2015 The US Forest Service, the nation’s primary firefighting agency, spent a record $1.72-B on firefighting in Y 2015. More than 50% of the land burned in the US by wildfires last year was in Alaska, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates firefighting […]

Do Insect Outbreaks Reduce Severity of Subsequent Forest Fires?

Do Insect Outbreaks Reduce Severity of Subsequent Forest Fires?

Do Insect Outbreaks Reduce Severity of Subsequent Forest Fires? Analyzing 81 fires over 25 years, the study is the largest to date on forest fire severity following insect outbreaks. Researchers focused on sites in Oregon and Washington State with past outbreaks by the Mountain Pine Beetle or Western Spruce Budworm, 2 of North America’s most […]

Deforestation, Prime “Man Made” Contributor to Global Warming

Deforestation, Prime “Man Made” Contributor to Global Warming

Deforestation, Prime “Man Made” Contributor to Global Warming Deforestation may well be the Key “man-made” contributor to global warming. Cut down trees gradually rot, giving off CO2 (carbon dioxide) the most important of the man- made, heat-trapping ‘Greenhouse gases’. Burn them, they give off CO2 faster. A possible solution is to manage this deforestation prudently, […]

NYS Residential Brush-Burning Ban Remains in Effect Through 14 May

NYS Residential Brush-Burning Ban Remains in Effect Through 14 May

NYS Residential Brush-Burning Ban Remains in Effect Through 14 May New York State (NYS) and Local Emergency Personnel Actively Engaged in Fighting a Brush Fire in Sam’s Point Preserve That Has Consumed Nearly 300 Acres Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed additional state emergency personnel to the wildfire at Sam’s Point Preserve near Ellenville in […]

Building Homes In SoCal Canyons With Extreme Fire Risk

Building Homes In SoCal Canyons With Extreme Fire Risk

Building Homes In SoCal Canyons With Extreme Fire Risk Hundreds of houses have sprouted in Orange County’ California’s Canyon Country in recent decades, many of them directly in the path of historic wildfire corridors. And more houses may be coming, depending on a local court case to be decided in the coming weeks. Complicating things […]