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Study shows wildfires' positive and negative economic impacts
Despite the disruptions they cause, large wildfires are a mixed economic bag for nearby communities, according to findings from a research project by the University of Oregon's Ecosystem Workforce Program and its collaborators. View News Article (2012-09-17)

Scorched Earth: The Past, Present and Future of Human Influences on Wildfires
Fires have continuously occurred on Earth for at least the last 400 million years. But since the 1970s, the frequency of wildfires has increased at least four-fold, and the total size of burn areas has increased at least six-fold in the western United States alone. View News Article (2011-09-16)

Rise in wildfires may significantly degrade air quality, health in the future
As the American West, parched by prolonged drought, braces for a season of potentially record-breaking wildfires, new research suggests these events not only pose an immediate threat to people's safety and their homes, but also could take a toll on human health, agriculture and ecosystems. View News Article (2014-01-30)

Where there's wildfire smoke, there's toxicity
The health threat to city dwellers posed by Southern California wildfires like those of November 2008 may have been underestimated by officials. View News Article (2008-11-20)

Wildfires and home prices: Are they related?
Do wildfires influence the housing market? Is it a consideration when people buy or build? View News Article (2005-08-31)

Trees facilitate wildfires as a way to protect their habitat
Fire is often thought of something that trees should be protected from, but a new study suggests that some trees may themselves contribute to the likelihood of wildfires in order to promote their own abundance at the expense of their competitors. View News Article (2009-10-29)

Fire and Ice: Wildfires Darkening Greenland Snowpack, Increasing Melting
Satellite observations have revealed the first direct evidence of smoke from Arctic wildfires drifting over the Greenland ice sheet, tarnishing the ice with soot and making it more likely to melt under the sun. View News Article (2012-12-06)

Baylor Study Finds Some Desert Birds Less Affected By Wildfires and Climate Change
A new Baylor University study has found that some bird species in the desert southwest are less affected, and in some cases positively influenced, by widespread fire through their habitat. View News Article (2011-07-20)

New way to identify 'smoked' grapes and wines
With climate change sparking concern about an increased risk of wildfires, scientists are reporting development of a way to detect grapes exposed to smoke from those fires, which otherwise could be vented into bad-tasting wine. View News Article (2013-01-24)

New type of soot particle discovered from wildfire emissions
Every year, wildfires clear millions of hectares of land and emit around 34-percent of global soot mass into the atmosphere.  View News Article (2014-07-07)

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