Ancient indigenous New Mexican community knew how to sustainably coexist with wildfire

IMAGE: Christopher Roos, professor of anthropology at SMU (Southern Methodist University) view more  Credit: Christopher Roos DALLAS (SMU) – Wildfires are the enemy when they threaten homes in California and elsewhere. But a new study led by SMU suggests that people living in fire-prone places can learn to manage fire as an ally to prevent dangerous […]

Wildfire smoke is more cooling on climate than computer models assume — ScienceDaily

A study of biomass burning aerosols led by University of Wyoming researchers revealed that smoke from wildfires has more of a cooling effect on the atmosphere than computer models assume. “The study addresses the impact of wildfires on global climate, and we extensively used the NCAR-Wyoming supercomputer (Cheyenne),” says Shane Murphy, a UW associate professor […]

Identifying where to reforest after wildfire

IMAGE: A post-fire area of the Sierra Nevada mountains with very little conifer regeneration. view more  Credit: Joseph Stewart, USGS/UC Davis In the aftermath of megafires that devastated forests of the western United States, attention turns to whether forests will regenerate on their own or not. Forest managers can now look to a newly enhanced, predictive […]

Identifying where to reforest after wildfire

A post-fire area of the Sierra Nevada mountains with very little conifer regeneration. Credit: Joseph Stewart, USGS/UC Davis In the aftermath of megafires that devastated forests of the western United States, attention turns to whether forests will regenerate on their own or not. Forest managers can now look to a newly enhanced, predictive mapping tool […]

“Thirstier” Atmosphere Will Increase Wildfire Risk out West

Recent years have seen the largest, most destructive wildfires on record in California. Accompanying these extreme events have been extreme levels of evaporative demand—the degree to which the atmosphere “wants” to evaporate water from plants and the ground, regardless of how much water is available. A new analysis of global climate model simulations […]

Explosive growth of Colorado wildfire seen from space

A massive wildfire in Colorado is threatening homes and has closed a National Park the day after it ballooned in size, growing by 6,000 acres (2,428 hectares) in an hour.  The East Troublesome Fire has burned more than 125,000 acres (51,00 hectares) and triggered evacuations stretching from the town of Grand Lake to the town […]

Biggest Risk to Surface Water After a Wildfire? It’s Complicated

California’s CZU Lightning Complex Fire is 100% contained, but it’s still smoldering almost 2 months after it started and people were evacuated. For those residents of Santa Cruz County who returned to find their homes still standing, the sense of relief soon turned back to anxiety as they received mixed messages about how […]