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Graphic of wildfires in recent California history. Los Angeles Times 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Link Between Climate Change And Wildfires Is Unsupported, Fire Experts Say

It is easier to make a political case for change using immediate and local threats, rather than those on a global scale, especially given the subtleties of climate change research, which features probabilities subject to wide margins of error and contradiction by other findings.

November 2, 2015
Valley fire in Northern California grows to 61,000 acres and is 5% contained

3 Major Fires Burn Out Of Control In California; Governor Warns ‘There Is More To Come’

“The fires are acting more aggressively, more unpredictably,” he said. “It’s scary stuff. … We are really in a battle with Mother Nature, and nature is more powerful than we are.”

September 15, 2015

What Grows After Natural Disasters? U.S. Plants New Idea To Restore Landscapes

Replanting native seeds may be subtle but it’s crucial to the continued health of any ecosystem

August 18, 2015
A fire fighter monitors a backfire during the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, California, August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

U.S. Forest Service Says Spending More Than Half Of Budget On Fires

Since 2000, at least 10 states have had their largest fires on record, the agency said.

August 5, 2015

Massive King Fire Sets Off Even Louder Alarms In California

Why this drought-fueled fire is so much more dangerous than its predecessors.

September 19, 2014

Yosemite Wildfire Crews Also Battling Bears On Fire Lines

By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times Crews battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Park have had to deal with steep terrain, dense forest brush, oppressive heat, and now, bears. According to the U.S. Forest Service, bears have become “a major issue with fire crew safety” in camps and along the fire line. “Extensive measures are […]

September 12, 2014

Wildfire Near Yosemite National Park Prompts Thousands Of Evacuations

By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times Out-of-control wildfire burning near Yosemite has triggered thousands of evacuation orders. A wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park is threatening 500 homes, has triggered 13,000 evacuation orders, and prompted the Madera County sheriff to declare a local emergency. The fast-moving Junction fire had burned 1,200 acres and was 0 […]

August 19, 2014

Northern California Wildfire Overruns Firefighters, Injures Eight

By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times A wildfire that overran firefighters in Northern California over the weekend, injuring eight, continued to rage out of control into Monday after forcing the evacuations of several Mendocino County mountain communities. The Lodge fire was just 35 percent contained after burning roughly 8,700 acres, according to the California Department […]

August 11, 2014

Rain Delays Attempts To Restore Electricity In Fire-Stricken Washington Area

By Joseph O’Sullivan, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Lightning strikes that might have fueled the Carlton complex wildfire never materialized Wednesday and Thursday, allowing emergency responders a moment to sigh in relief. But scattered rain and other difficult conditions delayed efforts to restore electricity to about 7,000 Okanogan County consumers who have been without power […]

July 25, 2014

Northwest Fires Burn Almost 1 Million Acres, Dozens Of Homes

By Maria L. La Ganga and Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times An eruption of lightning-sparked wildfires across the northwestern United States over the last two weeks has scorched almost a million acres of land in Washington and Oregon while threatening thousands of houses and buildings. Dozens of homes in separate communities were destroyed last week. […]

July 21, 2014

Seattle Area Braces For Heat; Wildfires Hit Eastern Washington

By Paige Cornwell and Colleen Wright, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — A heat wave expected this weekend could aggravate raging wildfires in Central and Eastern Washington. Temperatures there are expected to climb past 100 degrees, according to Matt Fugazzi, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Spokane. A hot, dry spell, he said, can turn […]

July 11, 2014

Burning Ambition: How Texas Wildfires Embarrass Rick Perry

Nothing has revealed the shortcomings of Rick Perry, as a governor and a thinker, as the terrible wildfires ravaging central Texas over the past several months. Having skipped out of a visit to burning Bastrop County over the weekend, he seems to realize that his handling of this disaster is a severe embarrassment both to […]

September 11, 2011