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We Talked to the Hot Firefighter About Debunking Conspiracy Theories, Viral Fame, and Thirsty DMs

Twenty-seven-year-old Michael David Clark had no intention of going viral. The Hawaii-based firefighter’s social media footprint was small and straightforward: An Instagram account featuring scenic landscapes, motorcycles, friends, and, of course, fires. That changed one week ago when he recorded a TikTok “duet”—a… Read more…

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Cloth Masks Don’t Protect Against Wildfire Smoke

If you are living in a literal hellscape (as much of the western United States is at this point), you know that you can wear masks to protect yourself from coronavirus, and masks to protect yourself from the particulates in wildfire smoke. However: these are not necessarily the same masks.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Help Those Impacted by the Northern California Wildfires

Coming as a surprise to no one, 2020 has also brought with it a particularly intense wildfire season. So even if you’re not living somewhere that could be impacted by an “extremely active” hurricane season, you’re not in the clear in terms of natural disasters occurring during a global pandemic. At the moment, there…Read more… […]

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California Firefighters Take A Drive Through Hell

It’s one of the most depressing times of year again, that season when we gather around the social media to watch as someone streams their drive through the unimaginable wildfires currently devastating what’s possibly the most beautiful (not to mention, most expensive) places in the country.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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How to Get Real-Time Wildfire Updates From Google

Forest fires are a necessary and natural part of a forest’s lifecycle, but recent years have seen a drastic increase in the number and severity of uncontrolled wildfires during the summer months—ask any Californian about that. Thankfully, new tools in Google Search and Google Maps can keep you up-to-date on the status…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Climate Danger of Kamala Harris’ Prison Labor Legacy

We finally have a woman of color on a major party ticket. Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice president is historic and something to celebrate, but she still deserves scrutiny. This coupling makes some important climate battles especially hard if Biden wins the White House. But Harris’ past…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Watch A Firefighting Airtanker Rain Red Death On A Ford Expedition

Forest fires are getting bigger, thanks to climate change, and when it comes to fighting forest fires, bigger fires require bigger planes. This training video was released during the height of the destructive 2019 fire season by folks who know a thing or two about big fires and fighting them: the California Department…Read more… Continue […]

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This Is How Firefighters Are Preparing to Battle Wildfires During a Pandemic

The Five Mile Swamp Fire had been burning for nearly three days in the muddy swamps of Florida’s Santa Rosa County when firefighter Mike Facente arrived. Thick smoke hung over the area, acrid and pungent in the springtime air. High winds and low humidity aided the fire in growing to 2,000 acres by the time […]

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What It’s Like to Work in a Flying Smoke Laboratory

Most scientists’ labs don’t fly. Most scientists’ labs are also not packed in the interior of a DC-8 jet doing loopy maneuvers at low altitudes. This joint NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mission, though, is not a typical science lab. And it’s not doing typical experiments.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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What It’s Like to Work in a Flying Smoke Laboratory

Most scientists’ labs don’t fly. Most scientists’ labs are also not packed in the interior of a DC-8 jet doing loopy maneuvers at low altitudes. This joint NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mission, though, is not a typical science lab. And it’s not doing typical experiments.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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To Prepare for a Natural Disaster, Call Your Bank

It’s tough enough having to deal with the worst-case scenario Mother Nature can throw at you, whether it’s a hurricane, flood, or wildfire. But hey, when you’re done filling sandbags or packing up to evacuate, make sure all your bills are paid on time, OK?Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Blanketing California in Fire Retardant Is Potentially Very Harmful

As a firestorm rages across Southern California near the end of one of the state’s worst wildfire seasons, much attention has been drawn to the bright red foam that’s dropped from planes in an effort to slow the fire’s spread. Chemical fire retardant can be an important firefighting tool. But it can also have some…Read […]

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