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Sierra Nevada Pine Tree Die-Off Worsens As Beetles Thrive In Drought

Hardy beetles and an ensuing drought threaten to worsen the die-off of California forests. Residents and scientists are fearful of living in a tinderbox, “it’s like a can of gasoline everywhere.”

March 30, 2015

California’s Air Tanker Fleet Grounded After Deadly Yosemite Crash

An aircraft being used to fight fires in Yosemite crashed on Tuesday, killing one.

October 8, 2014

Wildfires Rage Across Drought-Hit California

Los Angeles (AFP) — As many as 6,000 firefighters were battling a wave of wildfires raging across California, which is gripped by a historic drought and near-record temperatures. Thousands of residents have been evacuated and buildings ravaged in at least one of the fires in northern California, while southern California has been hit by power […]

September 17, 2014

California Wildfires Burn Homes, Force Residents To Flee

Los Angeles (AFP) — Raging wildfires damaged or destroyed over 100 buildings in California and forced hundreds to evacuate in the drought-stricken U.S. state, officials said. The Boles Fire, one of up to a dozen blazes gripping the state amid a heatwave, erupted near the town of Weed, some 280 miles north of San Francisco […]

September 16, 2014

Evacuations Of 1,000 People After Forest Fires Near Yosemite

Los Angeles (AFP) — A thousand people were evacuated near Yosemite National Park in central California due to fires triggered by a weekend heatwave that are threatening hundreds of homes. The blaze that began near Bass Lake has already burned 330 acres (133 hectares) in a matter of hours. None of the fire has yet […]

September 15, 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

Lawmakers Have Competing Ideas About Expanding Yosemite

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Two veteran California lawmakers are at loggerheads over how to expand Yosemite National Park. A House Republican and House Democrat now have competing bills folding nearly 1,600 acres in Mariposa County into the park’s boundaries. They share some ideas. They differ, though, on key questions, including whether […]

August 7, 2014