Bushfires Still Raging in New South Wales

Bushfires are still raging in Australia, particularly along the east coast of New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland. The leader of the rural fire service told media that this could be “the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen,” and…

Predicting Landslide Hazards in Near Real-Time

Rainfall is the most common trigger of landslides around the world. If soil and rock conditions beneath a hilly surface are already unstable, heavy rains often cause mud, rocks, or debris—or all of them—to tumble down mountains and hillsides. Now,…

Fast-Moving Fire Sweeps Through Ventura County

For the fourth day in a row, intense wildfires are menacing communities in Southern California. On December 8, 2017, thousands of firefighters battled blazes in and around the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The largest, the Thomas fire in Ventura County, had consumed…

Satellites Capture Different Views of Devastating Fires in Chile

Wildfires continued to ravage Chile’s countryside in early February 2017, weeks after they flared up in mid-January. The blazes have thwarted firefighters’ efforts to control them, with new hot spots emerging daily. Satellite data and scientific analysis suggest the fires…

Drought and Fire in the Southeastern United States

Wildfires in the southeastern United States are usually small and do not produce much smoke compared to the big blazes in the western United States, Canada, or Russia. But a cluster of fires in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky…

Increased Fire Comes with Increased Health Risks

Wildfires pose a direct threat to human life and property in the western United States. According to a new study, they are likely to have a more insidious, indirect effect in the future. As the world continues to warm with…

Satellite Sensors Would Deliver Global Fire Coverage

Wildfires can wreak havoc on human health, property and communities, so it’s imperative to detect them as early as possible. That’s why NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, is working on a concept for a network of space-based sensors called…

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