On August 12, 2017 the heat from four wildfires in British Columbia triggered monstrous thunderstorms comparable to a volcanic eruption.
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Alberta ranchers who lost homes, structures, equipment, fences and cattle after a grass fire that started on CFB Suffield swept through 36,000 hectares of land are asking for compensation and answers from the Canadian military. The military has acknowledged responsibility for the fire.
Alberta's wildfire plan for 2017 includes longer contracts for water tankers hired to fight fires and increased fines for abandoning campfires or burning during bans.
According to a recent research paper Australian raptors are intentionally spreading grass fires to flush out prey.
Current rules allow forestry companies up to 30 months to clean up debris left by logging and, even after cleanup, to leave large amounts of debris on the ground.
California's Skirball fire started as a cooking fire under a freeway in a homeless camp. The homeless services community fears a backlash against the city's poorest inhabitants.
For weeks this summer residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Northern California lived in a pall of wildfire smoke. NPR's Jane Greenhalgh met with Dr. Gopal Allada, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist at Oregon Health & Science University, to find out whether all that smoke can harm lungs.
Researchers say burning or clearing dead wood from forests killed by the mountain pine beetle would also remove fuel for wildfires.
Teams of firefighters from Taber, Coaldale, Lethbridge, Willow Creek, Calgary and Cardston arrived in Waterton National Park to protect the townsite from a raging wildfire. They employed high volume pumps, hoses and sprinkler systems in their efforts to save structures including the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel.
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The Tsilqhot'in First Nation has released a review of the 2017 wildfire season. The review makes 33 recommendations for improvements in training, infrastructure and funding.
The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System is predicting hot, dry weather across a large swath of Western Canada for the summer of 2018.
John Vaillant, noted author, vividly describes what happened in Redding, California in this summer's Carr fire.
The Province of Manitoba has struck a deal with Babcock Canada Inc. to take over operation of its water bomber fleet. The Province will retain ownership of the airplanes.
From May 14 to 16, 2011 a huge wildfire pushed by 100 km per hour winds burned through the town of Slave Lake, Alberta forcing the complete evacuation of the town and surrounding area and causing roughly $750 million in insurable damage.
The results of an independent review of British Columbia's response to 2017's wildfires and floods have been published. The report, entitled "Addressing the New Normal: 21st Century Disaster Management in B.C." highlights the gap between spending on response versus mitigating the potential impact of disasters.
A Saskatchewan man who started several fires near the community of Hall Lake in 2015 has been fined and ordered to pay restitution as well as to perform 100 hours of community service and refrain from consuming alcohol for six months.
After a record-setting wildfire season the BC Wildfire Service has tallied up the numbers, from kilometres burned (12,164) to people killed (0).
While climate change is contributing to more and bigger wildfires, particularly in BC and California, humans also have a lot to do with worsening wildfires. Can anything be done?