Where there's smoke, there's fire - but what's in the smoke? A recent air quality study from the University of Colorado Boulder has confirmed earlier laboratory experiments that show that grass and crop fire smoke carries greater amounts of nitrogen-containing volatile organic compounds (NVOCs) than wood fire smoke. Read the full story in EARTH Magazine.
In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear that a shift to a hotter, drier climate in Eastern Europe could increase the frequency of these fires.
he massive 2011 Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos, N.M., defied conventional fire science wisdom by racing downhill instead of uphill, and increasing intensity overnight. Now, EARTH Magazine brings you recent scientific analysis of the fire from a research team at Los Alamos National Lab.
The 2012 Seeley fire was a lightning-caused fire that burned 75 square miles (48,050 acres) on the Wasatch Plateau in central Utah. The fire, which started on June 26 and was contained on July 18, was approximately 15 miles northwest of Huntington and about 12 miles east of Fairview. Thunderstorm rainfall on July 7, 2012, produced fire-related debris flows and flooding, causing damage to State Route (SR) 31 and Huntington Creek in Huntington Canyon.