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This Origami Cardboard Shelf Makes Starting Campfires A Little Easier

Unless you’re on some reality show trying to prove your chops at wilderness survival, it’s not a crime to bring along tools that make camping a little easier. Like this simple fold-up cardboard shelf that makes it easy to get a campfire started if you’re too tired to scrounge for kindling.


The Decrepit, Unreliable Fire Hydrant Just Got A Brilliant Upgrade

These days, fires are rare enough that most of us rarely think about the state of our fire hydrants. But unfortunately that also means we’re ignoring a dangerously decayed piece of urban infrastructure. Except for a retired NYC firefighter and inventor named George Sigelakis, that is. Meet the fire hydrant of the future.


Sparking Titanium Golf Clubs Might Be Causing California Wildfires

Researchers at UC Irvine have determined that golfers who can’t keep their shots out of the rough might actually be responsible for wildfires in California in recent years. Specifically, certain clubs made from a titanium alloy have been found to produce sparks up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit — more than hot enough to ignite dry foliage — when they make contact with rocks and stones in the rough.


A Scary Wildfire Is Burning Outside Los Angeles

Just two weeks after state officials declared 2013 the driest year in California history, a fast-moving wildfire has burned 1700 acres northeast of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. In winter. When it’s usually raining.


Leftover Christmas Candy Meets Its Fiery Doom

Chemical fires are usually bad, but when they’re intentional, controlled and consuming weird Christmas/Santa ring pops they’re easy to endorse.


Almost 400 Chinese Firefighters Battle Tower Blaze

Image cache: The spectacular and scary scene of the blaze in an unfinished building in Guangzhou, China, where firefighters fought until the wee hours of the morning earlier today.


Authorities Made The Swedish Ice Hotel Install Fire Alarms

You’ve probably wondered what it’d be like to stay in Sweden’s Icehotel, or similarly frigid accommodations. But you may have neglected to consider the danger posed by fire in these facilities. How shortsighted of you.


Aussie Firefighters Take Smart-Pills That Reports Back Data About Their Guts

Firefighters run into flaming buildings for a living, It’s not exactly what you might call a safe job. And while they can tell generally how they’re doing by noting whether or not they are on fire at any given time, there’s a lot more nuance to keeping track of other aspects of their health. That’s where data delivery pills come in.


Central Australian Bushfires Are Still Visible From Space

The wildfires burning in New South Wales were caught on camera from the International Space Station earlier on this week, but now the bushfires are getting so bad that the ones in Central Australia can be seen from NASA’s weather observation satellite.


The Australian Bushfires Are Visible From Space

At one point in this absurdly hot week, bushfire were burning all over the country. 135 simultaneous fires were recorded in NSW on Tuesday, and the flames are so big that they can be seen from the International Space Station.