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April 15-16: Beef producers offered help in wake of wildfires

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

boot-campKENNEWICK, Wash. – Science-based strategies to help Washington’s $5 billion beef industry in the aftermath of the 2015 wildfires will be presented at a Cattlemen’s Boot Camp April 15-16 at Kennewick’s Benton County Fairgrounds. » More …

Jan. 26: How to prepare for wildfires, climate change

GoldmarkPULLMAN, Wash. – Effective responses to extreme wildfire seasons caused by climate change will be explored by Peter Goldmark, the state commissioner of public lands, in a free talk at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the CUB junior ballroom at Washington State University. A reception will be at 1:30 p.m. » More …

‘Very unhealthy’ smoke over the Palouse – where it came from

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – The thick, gray veil of smoke draped over the Palouse that ratcheted up the smoke advisory to “very unhealthy” appears to have drifted from a cluster of wildfires burning in the Clearwater region of Idaho, according to a Washington State University meteorologist. » More …

WSU partners to help communities prepare for wildfires

By Tara Roberts, University of Idaho communications

wildfire-by-bugwood.org-2j00PULLMAN, Wash. – More than 6,000 fires have burned more than 1 million acres in the Northwest in 2015, and experts predict severe wildfires in coming years. » More …

WSU helps predict air quality during smoke season

By Kate Nelson, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture intern

smoke air qualityPULLMAN, Wash. – As wildfire smoke clouds Pacific Northwest skies, researchers from Washington State University are helping improve air quality predictions with the first high-resolution, Web-based air-quality forecast system in the country. » More …

Rural land use restrictions curb wildfires – up to a point

PaveglioT-2013--80PULLMAN, Wash. – Using Montana’s fast-growing Flathead County as a template, a Washington State University researcher has found that moderately restrictive land-use policies can significantly curb the potential damage of rural wildfires. However, highly restrictive planning laws will not do much more. » More …

Fire education for land and home owners

SPOKANE VALLEY – Fire experts from Oregon, Idaho and Washington will provide tools to help home and land owners better protect their properties from forest and wildland fires at a fire education workshop scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the CenterPlace Regional Events Center.

 

“In order for us to live more safely in these fire prone areas, homeowners and landowners alike can increase the survivability of people and property by taking some preventative measures,” said Janean Creighton, WSU Extension natural resources educator. “This workshop will provide you with the tools to better protect your home and your land from … » More …