Wildfires are creating their own weather now, which is not great

Wildfires like the ones raging across the West coast of the United States can bring death, destruction, and degradation of the delicate balance of ecosystems. But these latest blazes are burning so intensely and growing so large that they are bringing something unexpected: their own weather patterns. According to a report from The Guardian, the fires currently plaguing Oregon and California are creating weather systems that are responsible for unpredictable events like fire tornadoes and massive traveling smoke clouds.
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Dixie Fire Update: Wildfire Grows To 142,940 Acres; Major Spot Fire Threatens Twain

TWAIN, Plumas County (CBS SF) — The Dixie Fire, raging through bone-dry timber and brush in Plumas and Butte counties, grew to nearly 143,000 acres overnight with flames from spot fire threating the community of Twain and transmission lines from the Caribou hydroelectric facility. During his Friday morning briefing, Cal Fire Operation chief Mike Wink said the spot fire exploded in growth on Thursday. It was well over 1,000 acres and growing rapidly. “That spot fire outpaced all our modeling,” he said. “It took what we thought it would do in eight hours. It tripled that in two hours.” Wink also said the...
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As wildfires intensify in the West, scientists look at how they spread

A rooster might be the last thing you’d expect to hear when there’s a scientific experiment underway, but at David Blunck’s farm near Albany, Oregon, the soundtrack is positively pastoral. His roosters crow, his dog barks, birds fill the air with their song. Soon, those sounds will be joined by...
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Wildfires: Use this list of websites for information on wildfires

When wildfires are threatening your area, these websites may provide you with more information:. http://inciweb.nwcg.gov: The web-based program provides information about wildland fire emergencies and prescribed fires. National Interagency Fire Center. https://www.nifc.gov/: The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), located in Boise, Idaho, is the nation’s support center for wildland firefighting....

Wildfire smoke blowing across the U.S. is more toxic than we thought

Wildfires are threatening homes on the West Coast and in Canada, but their smoke is polluting air as far away as New York. From his uptown Manhattan home in Morningside Heights, Samir Kumar can usually see skyscrapers downtown. But this week, as smoke from wildfires raging in the western United States and Canada rode the jet stream to the East Coast, the city skyline was blurred out.
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How to track wildfire dangers in Pennsylvania

As monstrous wildfires continue to burn through the forests of the western U.S. and Canada, conditions for potential wildfires in Pennsylvania are rated as low and “ignitions are unlikely.”. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources maintains daily, online Forest Fire Danger maps that currently are green across the...