Harnessing the power of fire whirls

Researchers in the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) have published a review of 'fire whirls' – a powerful vortex of swirling flames, often the destructive force in urban and wildland ...

Researching the risks and realities of wildfires

Internationally renowned expert on wildfires Albert Simeoni, a professor and the interim director of WPI's Fire Protection Engineering department, has been watching developments in Northern California where extreme fires ...

Forest fires are not limited to hot or temperate climates

Forest fires and wildland fires are common in summer in the temperate boreal forest, rarer at high altitudes, and unheard of in an ice age at high altitudes - until now. Evidence of wildfires dating back 20,000 years was ...

NCAR to develop wildland fire prediction system for Colorado

The state of Colorado is turning to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to establish the country's most advanced system for predicting wildland fire behavior, including where and how quickly the blazes will ...

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