The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.
Starting with the Big Blowup of 1910, the U.S. Forest Service’s strategy mostly has been to put out fires as fast as possible. With climate change and shifting populations, we’re losing that war.
A fire incident management team went into temporarily isolation this week in Washington State after a member of a resupply crew tested positive for the coronavirus.
The wildfire, near the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles, was burning out of control on Sunday morning.
The tensions we now face between science, politics and economics also arose before the country’s most destructive volcanic eruption.
The fight against Covid-19 has disrupted preparations for the fire season.
More than 1,000 residents were told to move away from fires that a state official called “extremely dangerous.”