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Wildfire


2020 saw the worst wildfire season on the West Coast of the U.S. since records have been kept. By the end of the year, roughly 4% of California’s acreage had been burned, an area roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island. The fires also broke the weather forecasts. When there are active wildfires, …

A new technique can predict the final size of wildfires from the moment of ignition, researchers report. Built around a machine learning algorithm, the model can help forecast whether a wildfire will be small, medium, or large by the time it has run its course—knowledge useful to those in charge of allocating scarce firefighting resources. …