Wild Fires

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Catastrophic fires are a reckoning for Californians and their ‘new normal.’ Has the state reached a tipping point?

Published: 
Thu, 01/03/2019 - 1:49pm

In 1860, a young botanist raised in New York and schooled in Connecticut found himself on the payroll of the newly formed California Division of Mines and Geology. His job: Roam the vast, new state, taking samples and observations of plants and animals.

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The common thread in California's wildfires: heat like the state has never seen

Published: 
Wed, 08/01/2018 - 1:30pm

The northern Sacramento Valley was well on its way to recording the hottest July on record when the Carr fire swept into town Thursday.

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Five years after a massive fire near Yosemite, political 'miracle' erodes as Trump demands more logging

Published: 
Fri, 07/20/2018 - 4:53pm

The Rim fire in 2013 brought devastation to a vast swath of Sierra Nevada forests west of Yosemite National Park. But the third largest wildfire in state history also seemed to have worked a political miracle, at least for a while.

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California's Trees Are Dying At A Catastrophic Rate

Published: 
Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:06pm

John Muir, naturalist and cofounder of the Sierra Club, wrote of the forests in the Sierra Nevada, "Going to the woods is going home." Unfortunately, since 2014 that home has seen unprecedented levels of tree mortality with as many as 129 million trees across 8.9 million acres lost.

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Valley fire spread with 'mind-boggling' speed, experts say

Published: 
Tue, 09/15/2015 (All day)

When the Valley fire erupted Saturday afternoon in Lake County, it quickly became clear firefighters weren't going to be able to keep up.