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Here's What California's Thick Blanket Of Wildfire Smoke Look Like From Orbit

NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, records what’s happening on the surface of the Earth every day or two. That means recording dust storms, hurricanes, typhoons — and, as was the case this week, a thick layer of smoke over California.


Wildfires Have Devasted 5 Million Acres, And Alaska Is Still Burning

Alaska’s wildfires burned through their 5 millionth acre this week, making 2015 the third most destructive wildfire season ever recorded in the state, and NASA’s Terra satellite captured this striking image of the fires from above.


$US75,000 Offered To Find Drone Operators Who Interfered With Firefighters

After three separate instances of drones grounding firefighting efforts, a Southern California county is getting serious about finding and punishing their operators. San Bernardino County Supervisors have offered a $US75,000 reward which they hope will entice people to come forward with information about the quadcopters in question.


California Lawmakers Want To Let Emergency Responders Disable Drones

Last week firefighting crews couldn’t do their job because five amateur drones were circling the area. And this wasn’t the first time. Drones are getting in the way, and some lawmakers in California want to change all that. Specifically they’d like to give emergency responders the legal ability to disable drones.


It's So Dry Even America's Old-Growth Rainforests Are On Fire

The season of terrible drought and fire keeps getting worse in North America. In the past few weeks, hundreds of patches of forest in the Canadian and Alaskan boreal have gone up in flames. Now, one of America’s last remaining old growth forests — the Queets rainforest in Olympic National Park, Washington — is also burning.


So Many Fires Are Burning In Alaska And Canada There's Smoke Over Texas

The drought hitting the West is not just striking the continental US. That same weather pattern that’s sucking the life out of California is also making life hot, dry, and dangerous for the top third of North America: Alaska and Canada have seen little rainfall, soaring spring temperatures, and now a record-breaking wildfire season.


Hobby Drones Derailed Firefighters' Attempt To Put Out A Wildfire

Drought-stricken California has seen a wildfire rage on this week, but when planes carrying flame retardant attempted to contain the fire Wednesday, someone’s hobby drone hovering over the scene got in the way.


A Fire Has Raged Beneath London For 24 Hours Straight

The most complex and important parts of our city are below our feet. If things go right, we never even notice the thick layer cake of cables, pipes, insulation, and refuse that are packed right under the pavement. But in London yesterday and today, the city got a smokey reminder.


This Glorified Speaker Blows Out Fires With Bass 

Engineers have experimented with using sonic waves to douse flames for years — but it took a pair of students to turn the concept into an affordable, hand-held device.


Shoelaces That Include Everything You Need To Start An Emergency Fire

Unless you’re trying to prove yourself on some ill-conceived reality survival show, it’s always a good idea to bring some way to easily start a fire when you head off into the wilderness. But if things go awry, this simple set of shoelaces can be used to start a fire in the event of an emergency.


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