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Coverage of forest fires since January 19, 2024.

Ottawa pledged 2 billion new trees, Quebec wants to cut some down after historic wildfires

"...She sent a letter Thursday to her federal counterpart, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, asking Ottawa to allow the trees to be harvested and used in the production of green building materials. Vzina says the fires destroyed 1. 1 million hectares of forest in the southern half of the province, and her letter is co-signed by more than 100 Quebec municipalities and forestry industry associations and unions..."

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Ottawa promised Canadians two billion new trees, Quebec wants to cut some down

"...But Quebec Natural Resources and Forests Minister Mat Blanchette Vzina says the record-setting 2023 fire season has had tremendous economic impacts in rural regions that depend on the forestry industry..."

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Wildland firefighters' union worried about 2024 season:

"...Alberta saw a record-breaking wildfire season in 2023. Over the course of the season — which officially runs March 1 to Oct. 31 — wildfires burn a record 2..."

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Storms bring destructive winds and ignite wildfires across Australian state of Victoria

"...Daniel Westerman, chief executive of Australian Energy Market Operator, which manages the national electricity and gas markets, said the collapse of two transmission towers between the state capital Melbourne and the neighboring city of Geelong had sent shock waves through the states power grid..."

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Thrown for a looper: Inside the city's emergency contract for Stanley Park logging

"...The supplier shall have the least possible adverse effect on the natural environment and in compliance with all environmental laws and consents, all at the suppliers expense. Blackwell agreed to take out insurance policies to cover a combined total of at least $19 million in claims for general, professional, pollution and automobile liability..."

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Alberta adding more firefighters ahead of what's expected to be another busy wildfire season Globalnews.ca

"...Albertawill field more firefighters, more volunteers and more high-tech gear as it braces for what it expects will be another busy wildfire season, the province's forestry minister said Thursday..."

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Mild, dry winter could lead to increased forest fire risk

"...According to Curtis Hull with Climate Change Connection Manitoba, the dry weather could have really serious consequences in the spring and summer, including increasing the risk of forest fires..."

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Branching out: Forestrys solution to the housing crisis

"...With wood construction on the rise, Canadas forest sector is a key player in augmenting the power of this tried-and-true alternative to steel and concrete. The industry is seeing a massive interest in timber right now, says Neuert. But if its not regulated through appropriate, sustainable forestry practices, it can lead to the depletion of a resource that has the promise of being an extraordinary game changer for the industry..."

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Forest fires rage on in central Chile killing at least 64

"...The fires broke out during a week of record high temperatures in central Chile. Over the past two months, the El Nio weather pattern has caused droughts and high temperatures in western South America that have also increased the risk of forest fires..."

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At least 19 dead in Chile as forest fires approach densely populated central areas

"...VIA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) Intense forest fires burning around a densely populated area of central Chile have left at least 19 people dead and destroyed about 1,100 homes, officials said Saturday..."

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At least 19 dead as forest fires approach densely populated areas of central Chile

"...The El Nio weather pattern has caused droughts and hotter than usual temperatures along the west of South America this year, increasing the risk of forest fires. In January, more than 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) of forests were destroyed in Colombia by fires that followed several weeks of dry weather..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention forest fires.

Fires in the Pantanal wetlands

Duration: 29:47

"...This month, Brazil has seen some of its highest recorded temperatures..."

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RealAg Radio, May 25: Lambing season, seeding progress, and the impact of forest fire smoke

Duration: 55:36

"...Thanks for tuning in to this Thursday edition of RealAg Radio Farmer Rapid Fire brought to you by Pioneer Seeds Canada..."

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B.C. farmers planning for the future with flood recovery rebuild

Duration: 6:54

"...Minister of Agriculture for British Columbia, Lana Popham, says the province is enjoying a relatively good growing season this year, in spite of the disaster that was last summer of forest fires across much of the province and fall flooding in the Fraser Valley..."

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Dr Hugh Safford | Forest Fires & Conservation

Duration: 51:13

"...DrHugh Saffordis aRegional Ecologist for theUS Forest ServicePacific Southwest Region and Research Faculty at the University of California-Davis. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about forest fires.

Forest fires aren't always bad #shorts

"...Source: The Agenda with Steve Paikin..."

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What are cumulative effects?

"...Pollutants from urban runoff, like oil and gas, that might have spilled or dripped on the road..."

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Blue Whales Return to the Seychelles & AI Spots Wildfires Early | WEF | Top Stories of the Week

"...1:47 The EU will track forest fires and logging from space Europe's forests, covering roughly 4% of the world's total, face mounting pressure..."

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The EU climate deal | DW Documentary

"...We are already experiencing more heat waves, forest fires and flooding..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about forest fires relevant to the latest news.

Wildfire national carbon accounting: how natural and anthropogenic landscape fires emissions are treated in the 2020 Australian

"...Greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting of emissions from land use, land-use change, and forestry necessarily involves consideration of landscape fire..."

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FogFire: fog assisted IoT enabled forest fire management

"...Forest fire disturbs the balance of the earth?s ecological system, increases global warming, flood, drought and decreases the oxygen level..."

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Drivers and Barriers of Residual Agroforestry Biomass Valorization: A Bibliometric Analysis

"...Residual agroforestry biomass, a byproduct of agricultural and forestry practices, can be used as feedstock in various industries, including bioenergy, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics..."

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Characterization of land cover-specific fire regimes in the Brazilian Amazon

"...Humans profoundly alter fire regimes both directly, by introducing changes in fuel dynamics and ignitions, and indirectly, by increasing the release of greenhouse gases and aerosols from fires, which can alter regional climate and, as a consequence, modify fuel moisture and availability..."

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Dynamics of mediterranean pine forests reforested after fires

"...Forest fires are frequent under a Mediterranean climate and have shaped the landscape of the region but are currently altered by human action and climate change..."

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A study on boundary detection in wireless sensor networks

"...In wireless sensor networks (WSN), a group of sensor nodes are distributed to oversee an area round the clock so that in case of an unnatural event, like forest fire, earth quake, air pollution, oil spill, etc..."

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Dual deep Q-learning network guiding a multiagent path planning approach for virtual fire emergency scenarios

"...With continuous deterioration of the natural environment and the corresponding significant increase in the occurrence of disasters, forest fire accidents have frequently occurred in recent decades..."

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Estimation of the Post-burning Area of the Fire Hazard Severity Zone in California from Landsat 8 OLI Images Using Deep Learnin

"...A forest fire is an unplanned and unexpected event that contaminates our environment by burning the grass, trees, and vegetables of any forest and have an impact on the country?s economic model and the functioning of our ecosystem..."

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"...Content Based Satellite Image Retrieval system is used for images processing, weather forecasting, climate monitoring, disaster management, forest fire detection etc..."

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Further Resources

Find out more about forest fires.

FireSmoke Canada

The Canadian portal for information and resources about smoke from wildland fires. This system produces forecasts of hourly ground-level concentrations of PM2. 5 smoke particles from wildfires up to two days into the future.

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