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The Scientists Who Play With Wildfire

When fire scientist Albert Simeoni wants to study wildfires, he can’t exactly run into the nearest blaze with sensors and data collection tools. It’s simply too dangerous and these conflagrations, though they’re becoming more frequent and intense with climate change, aren’t predictable enough to research in the controlled manner that science demands. Read More >>

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Sorry Cortana, Microsoft Is Now Selling Alexa Devices

Microsoft’s Cortana assistant is reportedly becoming more of an assistance aide than a standalone service, being moved from Microsoft’s AI + Research department to its Experiences & Devices Team and working with Amazon to pair it with the latter company’s Alexa technology. Now, per Engadget, Microsoft seems to be encouraging customers to just buy Alexa-powered tech like the recently released Echo Dot and regular Echo and use Cortana through it. Read More >>

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Video Shows the Terrifying Drive to Escape Massive Fire in America

The so-called Camp Fire has essentially destroyed an entire town in the US state of California, forcing well over 50,000 people to evacuate. But the fire has moved so quickly that some people have barely escaped—like Brynn Parrott Chatfield from the town of Paradise, who posted this video to social media showing her family’s terrifying drive through the flames yesterday. Read More >>

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The Devilish (and Dare We Say Brilliant) Way Australia’s Feral Cats Use Fire to Hunt Down Prey

It’s hard to imagine your housecat as a particularly savvy killer. Sure, it may swat at a shoelace dangled in its face, or bunny-kick its favourite fish toy when it’s in, you know, a mood. It may even catch a bug now and then. But your cat probably spends most of the day delicately curled up on the couch, seemingly content to do absolutely nothing. Read More >>

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Canadian Firenado Steals Firefighters’ Hose, Hits Them With Burning Logs

It is becoming increasingly clear the planet is trying to tell us it is sick of our crap and it is done playing. The latest example? A firenado sucking a team of firefighters’ hose into the sky. Read More >>

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The Largest Wildfire in California’s History Is Finally Out

After nearly two months, the largest wildfire in the history of the US state of California has finally been put out. The Ranch Fire can now officially take its place in the record books, having burned a grand total of 459,123 acres. Read More >>

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As the World Burns, There Will Be Fewer Firefighters to Share

As out-of-control wildfires raged across the Western US, American firefighting authorities took a seemingly unusual step late last month: they called up Australia and New Zealand and asked for help. Read More >>

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Canada’s Wildfires Have Turned Day Into Night

Just when you think this wildfire season can’t get worse, something new comes along to remind you this year is truly one of rare horrors. Read More >>

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The Mendocino Complex Fire Is Now the Largest In California’s History

An enormous wildfire in northern California has become the largest on record for the state, less than a year after the Thomas Fire in southern California earned that dubious distinction. It’s the latest reminder that we now live in an era of fast-growing, hard-to-contain megafires. Read More >>

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Apple’s Donation to Wildfire Relief Is Great, But It’s Just a Drop In the Bucket

Hundreds of thousands of people had to evacuate their homes in Southern California over the span of a week due to wildfires sweeping the region. In response to the ongoing devastation, Apple announced on Monday that it is donating $1 million to aid in relief efforts. Read More >>

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Did a Meteorite Start a Forest Fire in the USA? It’s Unlikely

A three-alarm forest fire in the White Mountains near Woodstock, New Hampshire was linked to reports of a meteorite strike, the Boston Globe reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Huge Wafts of Smoke From North American Wildfires Have Traveled All the Way to Europe

It’s been a particularly brutal wildfire season in parts of western North America, as several large blazes continue to cause headaches from California up to British Columbia. As shocking new satellite images show, the smoke from these fires hasn’t been limited to the west coast, or even the North American continent. It’s drifted all the way over the Atlantic Ocean into European skies. Read More >>

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That Viral Photo of People Golfing by a Huge Wildfire Is Actually Real

“That looks… very shopped,” one Gizmodo writer said, when he saw the viral image of three chill dudes golfing as a mountain burned behind them. On the left side of the frame, there are two other people gazing at the blaze. The whole scene does indeed look very fake, another fine Photoshop forgery. But it’s not. Read More >>

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Worst Wildfires in Chile’s History Have Left Devastation in Their Wake

Over the weekend, the Chilean government ended a state of emergency enacted last month in response to the worst wildfire season in the nation’s history. The fires, which now appear to be dying down, have torched more than 900,000 acres—roughly four times the area of New York City—since January 15th. Read More >>

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Unprecedented Wildfires Devastate Great Smoky Mountain Resort Towns

Unprecedented wildfires in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains have killed three, forced the evacuation of thousands, and damaged hundreds of structures in the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Residents are bracing for a potential fourth day of fires as the forecast calls for high wind and lightning. Read More >>