Fires

How a Simple Gas Leak Could Destroy Two Entire Buildings

A conversation with one of the fire chiefs who responded to the last major U.S. gas explosion.

In Sweden, Even Buildings Made Entirely of Ice Are Required to Have Fire Alarms

Just in case.

Are Some Places Just Too Fire-Prone for Us to Live?

With flooding, we have rules about where to build and how to prevent calamity. Why not with fire?

Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.

Santa Fe Is Squished in a Sandwich of Fire

New Mexico's major wildfires are covering the city with plumes of acrid smoke.

Why We Just Might Want to Build Skyscrapers Out of Wood

Vancouver-based architect Michael Green is trying to convince the world to construct tall wood buildings.

New Firefighting Tech Could Save Lives, Scare the Heck out of People

This device to "see" people trapped behind flames also makes them look supremely creepy.

Australia Is So Hot, They Had to Add a New Color to the Weather Map

The risk of fire is also exceedingly high.

Is This the World's Oldest Dash Cam Video?

Incredible footage from the 1920s shows New York's traffic has always been a problem (especially when you're rushing to put out a fire).

These Unbelievable Pictures of Sandy's Destruction Are Actually Real

There are plenty of fake photos floating around this morning, but these images aren't lying.

Palm-Tree Fires: Nature's Tiki Torches

An L.A. firefighter explains how bottle rockets are often to blame when palms catch fire.

Brooklyn Volcano Claims a Sacrificial Car

One more reason not to park over a manhole.

From the Ashes, a Call to Heed Climate Change

Amid the wreckage of his home, a Colorado fire victim wants to warn future generations.

A Month of Emergencies in America, in GIF Form

Mapping where emergencies are happening in the U.S.