South Korea Declares National Disaster as Winds Fan Giant Wildfire

A massive wildfire swept across South Korea on Friday 5 April, leading authorities to declare a rare national disaster and the  deployment of  900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. The blaze broke…

Early Fire Season a Worry for Australian Firefighters

Aug 20th, Australia is still in winter, however, a long dry spell which has seen most of the east coast of Australia in drought has made for an early start to the fire season, the state of New South Wales…

BUREAU VERITAS PROVIDES VITAL AIR MONITORING SERVICES DURING SADDLEWORTH MOOR BLAZE

With the sprawling wildfire on Saddleworth Moor finally under control, Bureau Veritas’ air monitoring services proved essential in helping the local authority and fire service tackle the worst moorland fire in living memory. The fire, which broke out on 24 June, engulfed…

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Fighter Returns from Tackling California Wildfires

The US State of California is currently in the grip of some of the worse wildfires in recent memory and has declared a state of emergency as the fire services try to bring the blazes under control. Dorset & Wiltshire…

Major breakthrough in firefighting technology to dramatically reduce forest fires

A new digital system which can detect and monitor large-scale fires could revolutionise how firefighters approach forest fires. It is set to drastically reduce environmental and property damage and protect human lives. The University of Westminster is a partner in…

How much do we invest in prescribed burning?

In the last few decades, the frequency of large, intense wildfires has increased in many places around the world. These fires have caused significant social, economic and environmental impacts. They have also contributed to significant increases in suppression expenditures (i.e.…

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…

Both sides of the Pacific facing wildfire at the same time

It had to happen, where once it was a clear demarcation between wildfire seasons on the east coast of Australia and the West Coast of the USA, they are now overlapping. It is only the start of the fire season…

The middle of winter and wildfires in Australia

 Firefighters continue to work to contain the fire burning in the Wentworth Falls area of the Blue Mountains which has burnt more than 340 hectares of bush and threaten houses. Firefighters continue to work to contain the fire burning in…

El Niño in the tropical Pacific

In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged and fire danger increased.  A closely watched forecast by Japan and Australia…

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