California Wildfires Grow and Force Thousands to Flee

The Silverado Fire and the Blue Ridge Fire nearly doubled in size overnight, and have forced more evacuations in Irvine and other parts of Orange County.

#california, #chino-hills-calif, #irvine-calif, #southern-california-edison-sce, #wildfires

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California Fires Prompt Evacuation of Thousands

About 60,000 people were affected by evacuation orders near Irvine, Calif., the authorities said, as the state prepared for strong winds that risked new fires.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #irvine-calif, #orange-county-calif, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #wildfires

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Why The Colorado Wildfires Feel Like a Season Without End

After a horrific summer of fires in the West, Colorado is fighting out-of-control fires as ski season approaches.

#colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #global-warming, #snow-and-snowstorms, #wildfires

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Late-Season Wildfires Rampage Through Colorado

After a season of hellish wildfires throughout the West, there is new evidence that climate change and rampant growth are creating perfect breeding grounds for fire.

#california, #colorado, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #global-warming, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #wildfires

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Colorado Wildfire Grows Into Largest in State History

Left vulnerable by dry conditions, more than 430,000 acres have burned so far in what has been one of the worst years ever for wildfires in the state.

#boulder-colo, #california, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #weather, #wildfires

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Trump Administration Rejects California’s Request for Wildfire Relief

The state had asked last month for federal aid to help recover from six of this year’s fires, including the Creek Fire, which is among the most destructive in state history.

#cal-fire, #california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fresno-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #mendocino-calif, #newsom-gavin, #recession-and-depression, #san-bernardino-calif, #san-diego-calif, #trump-donald-j, #wildfires

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Mount Kilimanjaro Fires Threaten a Diverse Ecosystem

Strong winds and dry weather have hampered efforts to extinguish the spreading blaze on Africa’s highest peak.

#fires-and-firefighters, #mount-kilimanjaro-tanzania, #tanzania, #wildfires, #world-heritage-sites

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Citing Risk of Wildfires, Utility Plans to Cut Off Power to 50,000 in California

Pacific Gas and Electric said power would begin to be shut off Wednesday evening and might return Friday night.

#california, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #weather, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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PG&E Plans to Cut Off Power to 50,000 in California

Pacific Gas and Electric said power would begin to be shut off Wednesday evening and might return Friday night.

#california, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #weather, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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The Cicada and the Train Wreck of 2020

The problems that brought us a terrible year have been incubating for a long time.

#cicadas-insects, #global-warming, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #wildfires

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Facing Disaster After Disaster, the American Red Cross C.E.O. Stays Optimistic

“I really believe when we’re all set free from captivity, we are going to be so happy and kind to each other,” Gail McGovern says.

#american-red-cross, #blood-donation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mcgovern-gail-j, #wildfires

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New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors.

Climate change is taking a toll on woodlands in the Northeast.

#berkshires-mass, #drought, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #land-use-policies, #massachusetts, #new-england-states-us, #wildfires

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Alarmed by Scope of Wildfires, Officials Turn to Native Americans for Help

Indigenous groups have a long history of intentionally setting fires to keep ecosystems healthy. Policymakers are now more interested in the practice.

#california, #forests-and-forestry, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #wildfires

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For Trump, a Pattern of Denial, From the Virus to Russia to Climate Change

The president’s preoccupation with demonstrating strength or rearranging facts to reinforce his worldview has led him, time and again, to downplay, ignore or mock serious issues.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #global-warming, #masks, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020, #wildfires

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Calamities Challenge California’s Economic Foundation

The pandemic and wildfires have underscored issues of housing and growth. Will the disruptions and dislocations force the state to chart a new course?

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #global-warming, #population, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #wildfires

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Wildfires May Pose Drinking Water Safety Issues

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science-journal, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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Battling Wildfire and Pandemic, Ukraine Faces a New Foe: Landmines

The blaze is setting off mines and other ordnance littering the war zone in eastern Ukraine, hampering already dangerous firefighting and evacuation efforts.

#explosions-accidental, #ukraine, #wildfires

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Amazon 4.0. How to Reinvent the Rainforest

It took tens of millions of years for tropical rainforests to evolve. It may take us just a few decades to destroy them, unless we change course.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #forests-and-forestry, #indigenous-people, #wildfires

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After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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The Grandmother Trees

We think of humans as destroyers of the Amazon, but for centuries Indigenous people have tended to this landscape.

#amazon-river-basin, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #indigenous-people, #wildfires

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How California’s Diablo Winds Could Worsen Wildfires

Strong, gusty winds could hamper firefighting efforts by fanning flames that have already destroyed tens of thousands of acres in the northern part of the state.

#california, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #mount-diablo-calif, #weather, #wildfires

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Fires and Storms Push Demand for Emergency Shelter to a New High

The Red Cross has provided more nights of shelter to Americans this year than at any point on record, a sign of the widening human toll of climate change.

#american-red-cross, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

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At-Home Learning, When Home Is in Ashes

How families in one Oregon community are coping with the aftermath of a massive wildfire.

#children-and-childhood, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #families-and-family-life, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #wildfires

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An American Dream, Scorched in Oregon

The Almeda Fire leveled some of the only affordable housing for the immigrants who work the fields, kitchens and construction sites of southern Oregon.

#affordable-housing, #ashland-ore, #immigration-and-emigration, #oregon, #phoenix-ore, #wildfires

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Two Enormous California Fires Rage Unchecked in State’s Northern Counties

Tens of thousands of residents must evacuate their homes, and more than 100 wineries in Napa Valley are at risk of burning.

#california, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #lake-county-calif, #napa-calif, #santa-rosa-calif, #shasta-county-calif, #wildfires

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How Coal-Loving Australia Became the Leader in Rooftop Solar

Embracing solar panels to save money, homeowners have made the country a powerhouse in renewable energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #australia, #batteries, #coal, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #queensland-australia, #solar-energy, #wildfires

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New Evacuations Ordered as Two Wildfires Erupt in Northern California

A hospital in Napa County evacuated patients, and the utility giant PG&E shut off power in some regions as a precaution against dry and windy conditions.

#cal-fire, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #national-weather-service, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #weather, #wildfires

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How Oregonians Survived the Fires

What do you do when your world is burning? In mundane and harrowing ways, you figure out how to survive.

#air-pollution, #animals, #oregon, #wildfires

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Family Displaced After a Disaster? Here’s How to Cope

Experts offer advice on how to recognize the signs of trauma and re-establish some normalcy.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #emotions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #parenting, #wildfires

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Some in Oregon Wildfires’ Path Never Got Evacuation Alerts

Technological advancements have helped people get information about when to leave and where to go. But some never got the alerts and had to search social media for vital information.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #security-and-warning-systems, #wildfires

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Gavin Newsom’s Trial by Wildfire

Twenty months into his term, California’s governor faces a pandemic and an environmental crisis. He speaks to Kara Swisher about his plan to save the “state of resistance.”

#california, #covid-19, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #fracking, #newsom-gavin, #pandemic, #wildfires

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Heat and Drought Team Up More Frequently, With Disastrous Results

A new study finds that what used to be a rare weather double whammy has been occurring more frequently in recent decades because of climate change.

#drought, #global-warming, #research, #science-advances-journal, #weather, #wildfires

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We’ll Have to Learn to Live With Smoke. Here’s Why.

There’s a huge fire debt in the West that must be paid off, experts say, either through controlled burns or out-of-control blazes. Either way, that means smoke.

#air-pollution, #environment, #global-warming, #portland-ore, #respiratory-diseases, #wildfires

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After Years of Political Gridlock, Oregon’s Fire Disaster Brings ‘New Reality’

Early this year, lawmakers considered legislation to thin forests, hire firefighters and increase building standards to prepare for wildfires. But a dispute over how to address climate change doomed the proposals.

#brown-kate-1960, #carbon-caps-and-emissions-trading-programs, #forests-and-forestry, #logging-industry, #oregon, #politics-and-government, #wildfires

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Is It Safe to Exercise if the Air Is Hazy With Wildfire Smoke?

Fast or slow? Is there a time limit? Can we bring the dog along? Expert advice for working out when the smoke gets in your eyes — and lungs.

#air-pollution, #athletics-and-sports, #content-type-service, #dogs, #exercise, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #wildfires

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Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.

The Times spoke to two dozen experts who said decisions made now would spell the difference between a difficult future and something far worse.

#carbon-dioxide, #disasters-and-emergencies, #earth, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #weather, #wildfires

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How Wildfire Became an Enemy Instead of an Ally

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.

#environment, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #interior-department, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pinchot-gifford, #sunset-magazine, #wildfires

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Pandemic, Unrest, Fires? An M.L.B. Rookie Still Smashes Home Runs

Kyle Lewis of the Seattle Mariners is a top contender for the American League Rookie of the Year Award in a shortened season upended by postponements and delays.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lewis-kyle-1995, #major-league-baseball, #oakland-athletics, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-giants, #seattle-mariners, #wildfires

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After Fire and Floods, Glimmers of Hope

Americans may be finding some common sense about building homes in vulnerable areas.

#building-construction, #coast-erosion, #disasters-and-emergencies, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #wildfires

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How an Oregon Wildfire Became One of the Most Destructive

The Almeda fire left a path of destruction as it tore through the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon. About 24 hours after it started, an estimated 2,350 homes had been left in ashes. We used satellite images, videos and social media posts to track what happened.

#oregon, #wildfires

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How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters

The engineering and land management that enabled the state’s tremendous growth have left it more vulnerable to climate shocks — and those shocks are getting worse.

#california, #environment, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #levees-and-dams, #wildfires

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Flames That Won’t Die Out So Easily

Conspiracy theories about antifa arson are a symptom of a deeper unraveling, and a sign of danger ahead.

#antifa-movement-us, #arson, #conspiracy-theories, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us, #wildfires, #yamhill-ore

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Mount Wilson Observatory, Icon of Cosmology, ‘Declared Safe’ From Fires

The birthplace of modern cosmology “has been declared safe” from the wildfires that have ravaged the surrounding area in Southern California.

#los-angeles-calif, #mount-wilson-observatory, #pasadena-calif, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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What’s in wildfire smoke, and how dangerous is it?

Juniper Hills, CA, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 - A fire engine drives into air thick with smoke along Juniper Hills Rd. as the Bobcat Fire advances North into the Antelope Valley.

Enlarge / Juniper Hills, CA, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 – A fire engine drives into air thick with smoke along Juniper Hills Rd. as the Bobcat Fire advances North into the Antelope Valley. (credit: Robert Gauthier | Getty Images)

The West Coast’s wildfire crisis is no longer just the West Coast’s wildfire crisis: As massive blazes continue to burn across California, Oregon, and Washington, they’re spewing smoke high into the atmosphere. Winds pick the haze up and transport it clear across the country, tainting the skies above the East Coast.

But what are you breathing, exactly, when these forests combust and waft smoke near and far? Charred trees and shrubs, of course, but also the synthetic materials from homes and other structures lost in the blazes. Along with a variety of gases, these give off tiny particles, known as PM 2.5 (particulate matter 2.5 microns or smaller), that weasel their way deep into human lungs. All told, the mixture of solids and gases actually transforms chemically as it crosses the country, creating different consequences for the health of humans thousands of miles apart. In other words, what you breathe in, and how hazardous it remains, may depend on how far you live from the Pacific coast.

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#anthropogenic-climate-change, #climate-change, #science, #wildfires

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Fires Scorch a Way of Life That Still Grows From the Trees

Oregon’s fate has always been intertwined with the forests that blanket the state. Now millions of trees are charred, and those who live from them face a future full of uncertainty.

#forests-and-forestry, #logging-industry, #oregon, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires

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How to Pack an Emergency Bag

The first step toward a solid evacuation plan is pulling together all the gear you need, before you need it.

#content-type-service, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #university-of-delaware, #wildfires

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A Coronavirus Infection Complicates Portland-Area Firefighting Efforts

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #quarantines, #washington-state, #wildfires

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How to Protect Children from Wildfire Smoke

Even if flames are far away, smoke can travel and threaten kids’ health. But staying inside has trade-offs too.

#air-pollution, #asthma, #children-and-childhood, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lungs, #masks, #respiratory-diseases, #wildfires

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Special Episode: ‘An Obituary for the Land’

“I will mark my heart with an ‘X’ made of ash that says, the power to restore life resides here.”

#california, #podcasts, #poetry-and-poets, #western-states-us, #wildfires, #williams-terry-tempest

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‘This Does Not Look Good for Children’: Fires Pose Risk to Young Lungs

The wildfires blazing in the West could hinder developing lungs, worsen asthma and even lead to the condition in those who don’t have it but are genetically disposed to it.

#air-pollution, #asthma, #california, #children-and-childhood, #lungs, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #wildfires, #your-feed-healthcare

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