Forecasting Raging Forest Fires Soon a Reality

November 15, 2013 12:37 PM

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Forecasting Raging Forest Fires Soon a Reality

Once thought to be unpredictable, the erratic march of wildfires across a landscape can now be forecast like the weather, researchers say.

"Fires have always been thought of as a forest science problem," said Janice Coen, an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. "But when they bow into elliptical shapes, or do things that otherwise appear very strange, they appear very natural to...

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