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How susceptible is the greater Seattle area to an wildland-urban interface conflagration like the Camp Fire or 1991 Oakland firestorm?

Is there the risk of an "Issaquah firestorm", something with the intensity of Tyee Creek or Thirtymile but hitting suburban areas of the Cascade foothills like Issaquah, Samammish, Cougar Mountain?
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Why did the Australian bushfires cause pitch darkness during the daytime?

Saturday 4th January was truly an extroadinary and terrible day for the south-east corner of Australia. Skies turned pitch black at around 3-5 pm, when normally these areas would be in daylight. I ...
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How do you stop the Australian wildfires?

The Australian fires are the biggest anyone has ever seen and is increasing at a rapid rate causing smog all around the country, approximately 1 billion animals have lost their lives, as of 9 January ...
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Could Australia's bushfires aerosols actually decrease global temperature?

Given the vastness and intensity of the bushfires that have been going on in Australia for weeks now, to the point they are generating their own weather and having an impact thousands kilometers away ...
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Large Scale lightning Strikes from Cloudless or Near Coudless Skies. How Does it Work?

It is reported in the media that currently in Australia there are dozens of wildfires caused by lightning strikes. I am familiar with the mechanism of ordinary British lightning involving cumulonimbus ...
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Why is it that Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the peak season for forest fires both man made and lightning caused when it rains so much in the spring and it is so wet there in ...
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What does the containment percentage mean when a fire department is reporting on a wildfire?

The LAFD reported that the Getty fire near Los Angeles is "5% contained". What is meant by "containment" and what does 5% containment mean in this context? I've tried googling "wildfire containment" ...
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Is Amazonia forest resistant to fires?

Comparing the picture that delimites Amazonia from wikipedia page and the picture NASA published of the recent dramatic fires the zone is suffering, what I can appreciate is the burned zone is the ...
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Is the rainforest too wet to burn?

I want to know if a living rainforest in the Amazon, completely untouched by humans, is too wet for the fire to spread, even in the dryer months around July? I.e. if somebody dropped 5000 gallons of ...
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Origin of Serious Wildfires

At a very rough estimate, what proportion of wildfires are caused by natural events like lightning? I am absolutely sure that in Europe, where there are often wildfires, the sun is never hot enough to ...
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When did wildfires start to occur on earth?

An oxidizer, fuel, and heat are needed for a fire. When considering oxygen as the oxidizer, an oxygen concentration of approximately 16% is required for combustion. Plant material is the fuel ...
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What 3-day smoke forecasts are height-resolved?

In order to accurately perform weather forecasts during large wildfire events, weather models must include the smoke. Smoke reflects sunlight back to space, decreasing the light absorbed by the ...