Washington State Department of Health: DOH unveils free teacher resources to bring public health and climate change data into the classroom

Washington State Department of Health: DOH unveils free teacher resources to bring public health and climate change data into the classroom. “In an effort to engage students with local health and climate data, DOH is unveiling a free professional development course for teachers that uses DOH tools and data to explore the connections between asthma and wildfires, which are one of the most obvious impacts of climate change on Washington state.”

WIRED: A Crowdsourced Wildfire App Tracks All of California’s Blazes

WIRED: A Crowdsourced Wildfire App Tracks All of California’s Blazes. “Fires, by their very nature, are very difficult to track in real time. They can burn quickly, in every direction, and often rage in deeply wooded rural areas that are largely inaccessible. Official emergency responders, overworked and strapped by a lack of resources, struggle to fight fires and keep the public informed about a blaze’s every move…. That’s where volunteers on social media have come in. People in Facebook groups and on Fire Twitter have built whole communities of vigilant fire watchers who try to share accurate and timely fire info with the public.”

Oregon wildfires: Check the air quality anywhere in the state with this interactive map (Oregon Live)

Oregon Live: Oregon wildfires: Check the air quality anywhere in the state with this interactive map. “The Oregonian/OregonLive’s interactive Oregon Smoke Forecast map allows you to check the air quality where you are. Specifically, it ranks the air quality in vibrant color for Good, Moderate, Unhealthy (Sensitive Groups), Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy and Hazardous air.”

Western Fire Chiefs Association: The Western Fire Chiefs Association Introduces Its Wildland Fire Map to Communities and News Sources, Protecting Lives and Land

Western Fire Chiefs Association: The Western Fire Chiefs Association Introduces Its Wildland Fire Map to Communities and News Sources, Protecting Lives and Land. “The WFCA Fire Map pulls data from the US Forest Service via National Interagency Fire Center IRWIN feed, and 911 Dispatch data via PulsePoint to track the location of the wildfire as they start and while they’re burning. The WFCA Fire Map is the first map of its kind to pull such data from 911 Dispatch in relevant areas.” The map seems to cover a lot of western America – I saw fires denoted in several states including Wyoming, New Mexico, and California.

KVAL: New map details Oregon wildfire risk

KVAL: New map details Oregon wildfire risk. “Oregonians have a new tool to help track wildfire risk across the state, in the form of a new online map. The map, announced Thursday by the Oregon Department of Forestry, illustrates the risk of wildfire with color-coded risk levels that range from low (green) to high (red).”

Denver Post: Is artificial intelligence the next tool to fight wildfires in the West?

Denver Post: Is artificial intelligence the next tool to fight wildfires in the West?. “With wildfires becoming bigger and more destructive as the West dries out and heats up, agencies and officials tasked with preventing and battling the blazes could soon have a new tool to add to their arsenal of prescribed burns, pick axes, chain saws and aircraft. The high-tech help could come by way of an area not normally associated with fighting wildfires: artificial intelligence. And space.”

Fox 17: New Mexico to house federal database on wildfire research and information

Fox 17: New Mexico to house federal database on wildfire research and information. “Throughout the last few years, we’ve witnessed firsthand the devastation that wildfires can do in this country. However, when the fires aren’t active, there are people on the ground researching and studying ways to restore our forests, but also prevent devastation. Now, that information will be shared through a federal database based in New Mexico.”

Atlas Obscura: Welcome to the Spanish Village Saved by Art—And Nearly Destroyed by Fire

Atlas Obscura: Welcome to the Spanish Village Saved by Art—And Nearly Destroyed by Fire. “There was the table-sized mosaic lizard scurrying across the wall near the village church; the three white skeletons lazing on a rooftop; the lamp post, whimsically canted because its base rests on an orange; and the giant pencil drawing a line down the side of a village house. Genalguacil, once a dying rural village, had been reborn in the 21st century as an enchanting open-air gallery of fantastical and surreal public art. Now, as the destructive and deadly fire loomed, so did the question: How to safeguard the art of a town’s museum when the town is the museum?”

Kitsap family flees Colorado wildfires, COVID-19: ‘We’re just happy our family is safe’ (Kitsap Sun)

Kitsap Sun: Kitsap family flees Colorado wildfires, COVID-19: ‘We’re just happy our family is safe’. “A family reunion for the holidays was first cut short when Sarah [Dubitzky]’s husband, Nick, came down with COVID-19. Days later, the family had to evacuate their quarantine rental as the Marshall and the Middle Fork fires raged through the Boulder suburbs of Superior and Louisville, destroying around 1,000 homes. The destruction included their family’s holiday rental, and many of their belongings and Christmas presents. ”

Denver Gazette: Social media groups coordinate to save animals endangered by Marshall fire

Denver Gazette: Social media groups coordinate to save animals endangered by Marshall fire. “As the Marshall fire grew, the Facebook posts flew. ‘For the small/growing fire on Middle Fork Road, please let me know if you need to coordinate horse evacuation. Currently it is 40 acres or so,’ someone posted on social media just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday. A short time later, the ‘Horse Evacuation Boulder Fort Collins Fire’ Facebook page became a life raft for farmers, ranchers and helpers.”

Lifehacker: Google Makes Navigating Australian Bushfire Season a Little Easier With New Maps Feature

Lifehacker: Google Makes Navigating Australian Bushfire Season a Little Easier With New Maps Feature. “In September, Google told us it was going to be using Australia as a launch location to rollout a ‘wildfire’ layer to Maps. And today, Google has tweaked the name to ‘bushfire’ and made this feature available ahead of Aussie summer, synonymous with ‘fire season’.”

University of California Riverside: Wildfire dataset could help firefighters save lives and property

University of California Riverside: Wildfire dataset could help firefighters save lives and property. “The dataset can be used to simulate the spread of wildfires to help firefighters plan emergency response and conduct evacuation. It can also help simulate how fires might spread in the near future under the effects of deforestation and climate change, and aid risk assessment and planning of new infrastructure development. The open-source dataset, named WildfireDB, contains over 17 million data points that capture how fires have spread in the contiguous United States over the last decade. The dataset can be used to train machine learning models to predict the spread of wildfires.”

Google Blog: Explore resilience in the face of the California wildfires

Google Blog: Explore resilience in the face of the California wildfires. “Through detailed 3D models of famed redwood trees, archival photographs, and multimedia stories from Park employees, you can now explore Resilience of the Redwoods on Google Arts and Culture. Travel through time at California’s first park from the budding preservation movement to Park Rangers’ connections to the trees today. Through interactive 3D, explore centuries of scars and growth of some of the oldest trees in the park and learn about the increasing impacts of fire on the ancient redwood habitat.”