McKinney Fire Kills Thousands of Fish

Flash floods last week pushed burned soil, rocks and downed timber into the river, killing off, according to local tribal leaders, thousands of fish.

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #floods, #klamath-national-forest-calif, #klamath-river, #oregon, #water-pollution, #wildfires

France Faces ‘Most Severe’ Drought as Heat Persists in Europe

A lack of rain and a string of heat waves have caused devastating wildfires and left farmland parched in the country and much of the continent.

#drought, #europe, #france, #heat-and-heat-waves, #wildfires

It’s Been a ‘Summer of Disasters,’ and It’s Only Half Over

Are we prepared for the climate-related calamities that come next?

#fires-and-firefighters, #floods, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kentucky, #summer-season, #wildfires

California’s McKinney Fire: Two More Die, Bringing Total to Four

The fire, which began Friday in the Klamath National Forest in Siskiyou County, Calif., has burned more than 56,000 acres and prompted evacuations for thousands of people.

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #global-warming, #klamath-national-forest-calif, #medford-ore, #national-interagency-fire-center, #national-weather-service, #newsom-gavin, #rain, #siskiyou-county-calif, #weather, #wildfires

McKinney Fire Burns 51,000 Acres in California

The fire sent a huge cloud called a pyrocumulonimbus 39,000 feet into the air. Storm winds, high temperatures and drought conditions helped it grow over the weekend, officials said.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #global-warming, #wildfires

The Case Against Commercial Logging in Wildfire-Prone Forests

Logging tends to increase, not decrease, extreme fires.

#california, #forest-service, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #house-of-representatives, #interior-department, #logging-industry, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires, #wood-and-wood-products, #yosemite-national-park-calif

Yosemite Wildfire Plan Calls for Cutting Trees to Protect Park

With treasured forests perennially threatened by fierce wildfires, many experts say it’s time to cut and burn protectively. A lawsuit is standing in the way.

#earth-island-institute, #fires-and-firefighters, #hanson-chad, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

Stopping wildfires before they start

The Amazon is burning at its fastest pace in over a decade. Meet one scientist who’s trying to reverse the trend.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #wildfires

Oak Fire Near Yosemite Grows to California’s Largest This Year

The blaze spread rapidly over the weekend, bringing evacuation orders and threatening thousands of homes, in what so far has been a relatively modest fire season.

#california, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

London Shows How Unprepared Northern Cities Are for a Warmer World

As the heat wave rolled out, it left behind fears about how Northern European cities can cope with extreme weather driven by global warming.

#england, #europe, #fires-and-firefighters, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #khan-sadiq, #london-england, #wildfires

Europe’s Heat Wave Breaks UK Temperature Records and Drives Wildfires

Europe is ill prepared for extreme heat fed by global warming. For the first time on record, parts of Britain hit 40 degrees Celsius — 104 Fahrenheit — as did Paris for only the third time.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #europe, #france, #global-warming, #great-britain, #heat-and-heat-waves, #met-office-united-kingdom, #wildfires

Scenes of Devastation Emerge From a Fire-Ravaged Southwestern France

Two wildfires have ravaged nearly 80 square miles of forests, forcing 37,000 people to evacuate. The flames were fanned by a heat wave also feeding blazes in Greece, Portugal and Spain.

#arcachon-bay-france, #bordeaux-france, #buildings-structures, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #portugal, #spain, #weather, #wildfires, #zoos

Firefighters In Frace Battle an ‘Explosive Cocktail’ of Wind and Flame

More than 2,000 firefighters are trying to contain raging wildfires that have burned nearly 80 square miles of vegetation and forced thousands to evacuate.

#bordeaux-france, #europe, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #heat-and-heat-waves, #wildfires

Firefighters Use Sprinklers to Save Giant Sequoias in Yosemite

Authorities in Yosemite National Park are hopeful that a sprinkler system can save the Grizzly Giant, a more than 200-foot-tall sequoia that dates back at least 2,000 years.

#fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

Killing what saves us

A recent walk among ancient sequoias helped me cope with hard-to-bear news of the world. But those trees are having a hard time coping, too.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #italy, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #sequoia-national-park, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

Extreme Weather Challenges Bikepackers on the Tour Divide Race

The Tour Divide, a bikepacking race from the Canadian Rockies to the U.S. border with Mexico, has always been a test of fortitude. But extreme weather is making it much more dangerous.

#banff-alberta, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #cycling-road, #fernie-british-columbia, #floods, #global-warming, #new-mexico, #steamboat-springs-colo, #weather, #wildfires

Wildfires Could Be Treated as a Form Of Maintenance, Like Flu Shots

Climate change hasn’t made all prescribed burns unsafe, but more care needs to be taken in starting them, and even then, risk cannot be eliminated entirely.

#cal-fire, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #global-warming, #internal-sub-only-nl, #new-mexico, #southwestern-states-us, #weather, #wildfires

Wildfire in New Jersey Could Become the State’s Largest in Years

The Mullica River fire in Wharton State Forest in South Jersey has burned about 12,000 acres. Officials have ruled out natural causes as the source of the blaze.

#forests-and-forestry, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-forest-fire-service, #wharton-state-forest-nj, #wildfires

New Mexico’s Largest Wildfire Was a Prescribed Burn. What Are Victims Owed?

Two prescribed burns got out of control, becoming New Mexico’s largest recorded wildfire. But experts say it’s necessary to thin forests in a region primed for destruction.

#federal-emergency-management-agency, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #national-park-service, #new-mexico, #politics-and-government, #southwestern-states-us, #wildfires

Arizona Wildfire Destroys Observatory Buildings

The Contreras fire has disrupted the work of astronomers, though the observatory’s scientific equipment remains safe for now.

#arizona, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-science-foundation, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #tucson-ariz, #wildfires

Climate Risks of Investments Should Be Disclosed

The Securities and Exchange Commission is pushing for more openness by corporations.

#carbon-disclosure-project-cdp, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #international-trade-and-world-market, #new-york-city, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #united-states, #weather, #wildfires, #world-economic-forum

California Takes Steps to Force Residents to Heed Water Restrictions

One district has gotten tough with residents who repeatedly flout the rules: Their taps have been slowed to trickle.

#california, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #new-mexico, #water, #wildfires

Will Australia’s Election Be a Reckoning for Morrison on Climate?

The election spotlights the risks faced by climate-skeptic politicians.

#australia, #elections, #global-warming, #labor-party-australia, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #wildfires

Extreme Heat and Drought Conditions Fuel Several Texas Wildfires

The Mesquite Heat Fire, near Abilene, among nine wildfires the Texas A&M Forest Service was battling in the state, was 5 percent contained on Thursday and had destroyed about 30 structures, the agency said.

#abilene-tex, #fires-and-firefighters, #heat-and-heat-waves, #taylor-tex, #texas, #wildfires

Know your risks. Then prepare.

Researchers used new data to calculate fire threats to homes and other properties throughout the lower 48 states. We made a map.

#compost, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wildfires

How the Long Recovery From Bush Fires Could Decide Australia’s Election

The fires that tore through the country in late 2019 and early 2020 are history, but halting recovery efforts have kept memories vivid and anger fresh.

#australia, #elections, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #wildfires

New Mexico Wildfire Rips Through a Hispanic Bastion

One of the largest wildfires in New Mexico’s history is raging through a region where the culture stretches back longer than the United States has existed.

#albuquerque-nm, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #hispanic-americans, #new-mexico, #wildfires

Why Climate Change Makes It Harder to Fight Fire With Fire

Worsening wildfires in recent years have led officials to embrace planned fires to thin forests before disaster strikes. But the warming world is making it tougher to do safely.

#arizona, #boulder-colo, #california, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #florida, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #nature-conservancy, #nebraska, #new-mexico, #oregon, #rain, #texas, #united-states, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #wildfires, #wind

NOAA Image Catches Wildfire Smoke and Dust on Collision Course

A time-lapse image of smoke from wildfires in New Mexico and dust from a storm in Colorado illustrates the scope of Western catastrophe.

#colorado, #global-warming, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #new-mexico, #satellites, #wildfires

Arizona Wildfires Seize on Chaotic Winds and Parched Forests

An uncontained springtime blaze north of Flagstaff, along with smaller fires in New Mexico and Colorado, has been a harsh reminder that fire season might now be year-round.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #flagstaff-ariz, #wildfires, #wind

New Mexico Wildfire Leaves 2 Dead and 200 Structures Damaged

The victims, an older couple who had tried to evacuate, were found Wednesday inside a burned home in the village of Ruidoso, N.M., the authorities said.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #national-weather-service, #new-mexico, #weather, #wildfires

PG&E agrees to pay $55 million in penalties and costs over two wildfires.

The California utility settled civil charges and avoided criminal prosecution over the role of its equipment in igniting the blazes.

#california, #compensation-for-damages-law, #fines-penalties, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wildfires

Fire Chief Killed While Responding to Nebraska Wildfire

Chief Darren Krull of the Elwood Volunteer Fire Department died in a car crash during a fire that has scorched some 30,000 acres in two days.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-weather-service, #nebraska, #ricketts-john-peter, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states, #weather, #wildfires

One-Third of Americans Faced Extreme Weather in Recent Years, Survey Finds

Hurricanes and winter weather, such as snow, ice storms and blizzards, were the most common events cited, according to a Gallup poll.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #gallup-poll, #global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #polls-and-public-opinion, #weather, #wildfires

California’s Drought Is Worse Than We Thought

Our tools for managing water in the West are growing more inaccurate.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #california, #drought, #global-warming, #national-weather-service, #rain, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #university-of-california-berkeley, #water, #western-states-us, #wildfires

Increased smoke pollution on the horizon for Pacific Northwest

Firefighters from Stockton, California, put out flames off of Hidden Valley Rd. while fighting a wildfire, Friday, May 3, 2013 in Hidden Valley.

Enlarge / Firefighters from Stockton, California, put out flames off of Hidden Valley Rd. while fighting a wildfire, Friday, May 3, 2013 in Hidden Valley. (credit: Daria Devyatkina / Flickr)

In the western United States, summer 2018 was a bad time for wildfires. In all, according to the government of California, 7,948 separate fires saw 1,975,086 acres burnt to a crisp, 24,226 structures destroyed or damaged, and 100 confirmed deaths. In the following summers, things didn’t improve.

New research from a team assembled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and various universities suggests that, if climate mitigation efforts don’t go far enough, summer wildfires will only get worse. In a worst-case scenario, the research said that the problems caused by fires in the Pacific Northwest could result in a tripling of air pollution.

“This is the pathway we want to avoid at any cost,” Meiyun Lin, one of the authors of the paper and a NOAA researcher, told Ars.

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#carbon, #climate, #climate-change, #emissions, #science, #smoke, #wildfires

Texas Wildfire Grows to 33,000 Acres, but Poses Little Threat

The Crittenberg Complex fire near Fort Hood could burn for more several days, if not weeks, a fire official said on Monday.

#crittenberg-complex, #forests-and-forestry, #fort-hood-tex, #texas, #weather, #wildfires, #wind

Colorado Wildfire Scorches Nearly 190 Acres and Prompts Evacuations

The blaze, known as the NCAR fire, at its peak led to the evacuation of 19,000 people near Boulder. Officials said there were no injuries or structures damaged.

#boulder-colo, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #ncar-fire, #wildfires

Weather Conditions Continue to Fuel Texas Wildfire

As the Eastland Complex kept burning in central Texas, a new fire emerged on Sunday.

#eastland-county-tex, #fires-and-firefighters, #fort-worth-tex, #national-weather-service, #wildfires

As Crews Battle Texas Wildfires, Officials Brace for More

Weather conditions forecast for Sunday could raise the risk of more fire danger.

#eastland-county-tex, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-weather-service, #texas, #val-verde-county-tex, #weather, #wildfires

Fatal Texas Wildfire Forces Evacuations

The Eastland Complex fire has killed one person and burned more than 45,000 acres in the central part of the state, authorities say.

#eastland-county-texas, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #texas, #wildfires

NOAA Expects Drought Conditions to Persist Through the Spring

Winter precipitation amounts were not enough to significantly improve conditions in much of the country, government scientists said.

#drought, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #wildfires

Frustrated With Utilities, Some Californians Are Leaving the Grid

Citing more blackouts, wildfires and higher electricity rates, a growing number of homeowners are choosing to build homes that run entirely on solar panels and batteries.

#batteries, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #nevada-county-calif, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #solar-energy, #sustainable-living, #wildfires

‘Think of Groundhogs’: For Life Advice From a Grade Schooler, Press 2

A new hotline, an art project by a small California elementary school, was receiving 9,000 calls an hour from people seeking cheerful advice during trying times.

#art, #california, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #healdsburg-calif, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #wildfires

Wildfires in Florida Panhandle Are a ‘Beast,’ Official Says

The Chipola Complex, which encompasses three fires, has burned more than 29,000 acres so far. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced over $6 million in relief funds for families affected by the fires.

#bay-county-fla, #bertha-swamp-road-fire, #chipola-complex, #desantis-ron, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #florida-panhandle, #forests-and-forestry, #weather, #wildfires

Florida Fire Consumes 1,400 Acres and Continues to Grow

By Saturday afternoon, more than 24 hours after the fire began, dry conditions and high winds were continuing to make it hard to contain the flames.

#bay-county-fla, #fires-and-firefighters, #florida-panhandle, #panama-city-beach-fla, #wildfires

5 Takeaways From the U.N. Report on Climate Hazards

Global warming is affecting every part of the planet. Humans should have started preparing yesterday.

#africa, #coral, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #united-nations, #wildfires

Climate Change’s Effects Outpacing Ability to Adapt, I.P.C.C. Warns

Countries aren’t doing nearly enough to protect against the disasters to come as the planet keeps heating up, a major new scientific report concludes.

#agriculture-and-farming, #disasters-and-emergencies, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #united-nations, #wildfires

Climate Change Could Increase Risk of Wildfires 50% by Century’s End

Worsening heat and dryness could lead to a 50 percent rise in off-the-charts fires, according to a United Nations report.

#africa, #arctic-regions, #australia, #canada, #chile, #commonwealth-scientific-and-industrial-research-organization-australia, #fires-and-firefighters, #food-and-agriculture-organization-of-the-united-nations, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #india, #north-america, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portugal, #russia, #siberia, #united-nations, #wildfires

Expecting the Western Drought to End Soon? Not Likely, Forecasters Say.

Despite some wet weather last fall, warm and dry conditions have settled in and are expected to continue through spring and beyond, according to a new assessment.

#drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #la-nina, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #weather, #western-states-us, #wildfires