Flash floods last week pushed burned soil, rocks and downed timber into the river, killing off, according to local tribal leaders, thousands of fish.
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.
Are we prepared for the climate-related calamities that come next?
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.
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.
Logging tends to increase, not decrease, extreme fires.
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.
The Amazon is burning at its fastest pace in over a decade. Meet one scientist who’s trying to reverse the trend.
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.
As the heat wave rolled out, it left behind fears about how Northern European cities can cope with extreme weather driven by global warming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Contreras fire has disrupted the work of astronomers, though the observatory’s scientific equipment remains safe for now.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is pushing for more openness by corporations.
One district has gotten tough with residents who repeatedly flout the rules: Their taps have been slowed to trickle.
The election spotlights the risks faced by climate-skeptic politicians.
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.
Researchers used new data to calculate fire threats to homes and other properties throughout the lower 48 states. We made a map.
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.
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.
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.
A time-lapse image of smoke from wildfires in New Mexico and dust from a storm in Colorado illustrates the scope of Western catastrophe.
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.
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.
The California utility settled civil charges and avoided criminal prosecution over the role of its equipment in igniting the blazes.
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.
Hurricanes and winter weather, such as snow, ice storms and blizzards, were the most common events cited, according to a Gallup poll.
Our tools for managing water in the West are growing more inaccurate.
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.
The Crittenberg Complex fire near Fort Hood could burn for more several days, if not weeks, a fire official said on Monday.
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.
As the Eastland Complex kept burning in central Texas, a new fire emerged on Sunday.
Weather conditions forecast for Sunday could raise the risk of more fire danger.
The Eastland Complex fire has killed one person and burned more than 45,000 acres in the central part of the state, authorities say.
Winter precipitation amounts were not enough to significantly improve conditions in much of the country, government scientists said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global warming is affecting every part of the planet. Humans should have started preparing yesterday.
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.
Worsening heat and dryness could lead to a 50 percent rise in off-the-charts fires, according to a United Nations report.
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.