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Restricting the Right to Build?
April 3, 2014 | New York Times

An article in the New York Times explores the idea that governments should have the ability to restrict building construction in areas subject to geologic hazards.

Fire Tornado in Colorado
March 23, 2014 | Weather Channel

Several firefighters were doing a controlled burn in Colorado when a fire tornado erupted and stirred hundreds of small tumbleweeds into a swirling inferno.

Wildfires and Debris Flows
February 27, 2014 | The Landslide Blog

The Landslide Blog has an interesting post on the association of wildfires and subsequent debris flows – with information on debris flow probability mapping.

Wildfire Areas at Risk for Flash Floods and Debris Flows
November 11, 2013 | USGS

Although USGS does a lot of work related to wildfires, they also have a prominent role in providing information about flash flooding and debris flows in areas that have been burned.

Natural Hazard Viewer for Arizona
September 24, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey

The interactive Natural Hazard Viewer focuses on four hazards common to Arizona — geologic faults and earthquakes, earth fissures, floods and wildfire. Each hazard is described in detail and displayed as a layer on a map. Moreover, the natural hazard information is dynamic; site updates will occur as new or revised hazard data becomes available.

Editor’s Comment: Every state geological survey should have one of these!

Wildfires and Dust Storm in Argentina
September 18, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

NASA Earth Observatory has satellite images of forest fire smoke and dust from a dry saline lake bed being carried by the wind.

Linking Colorado Floods to Wildfires and Climate Change?
September 16, 2013 | National Geographic

National Geographic has an article that explores possible links between Colorado’s recent flooding problems, recent wildfires and climate change.

Tundra Recovering from a Massive Fire
September 15, 2013 | University of Alaska Fairbanks

“Despite the size and severity of the massive 2007 Anaktuvuk River fire on Alaska’s North Slope, much of the arctic vegetation has recovered and the tundra is likely to return to its pre-fire condition.” Quoted from the University of Alaska Fairbanks press release.

Mapping The Rim Fire
September 4, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

As of yesterday the Rim Fire had burned 235,841 acres of brush, oaks, and pine in the Sierra Nevada Range near and in Yosemite National Park. NASA’s Earth Observatory has a day-by-day map that shows the spread of the fire atop of a shaded relief map.

Fighting Wildfires
September 3, 2013 |

National Geographic has an article titled: “The Military Roots of Fighting Modern Wildfires Firefighters in Yosemite and beyond are relying on World War II technology” that contains information about the recent fires at Yosemite.

USGS Southern California Wildfire Risk Project
August 19, 2013 | USGS on

This video looks at the 1961 Bel Air Wildfire in southern California and current research on wildfires being done by USGS.

Understory Fires in the Amazon
June 9, 2013 | NASA

“Using an innovative satellite technique, NASA scientists have determined that a previously unmapped type of wildfire in the Amazon rainforest is responsible for destroying several times more forest than has been lost through deforestation in recent years.”

2012: Hottest and Second Most Extreme
January 9, 2013 | NOAA

“2012 was a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes and storms; however, tornado activity was below average. 2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn.” Quoted from the NOAA press release.

2012 Natural Catastrophe Review
January 6, 2013 | Munich Re

Munich Re has posted a 58-minute webinar that reviews natural catastrophe events for the United States and worldwide.

In 2012, insured losses in the United States were about $58 billion – far above average for the 2000-2011 period.

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