Wildfire on California-Nevada border kills 1, destroys more than 80 structures
One person was killed and more than 80 structures, including dozens of homes, have been damaged or destroyed as yet another wildfire scorched more than 20,000 acres, this time on the California-Nevada border.The fire started Tuesday just after noon Pacific time, according to InciWeb, a fire-incident reporting agency.On Wednesday California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Mono County.More than 100 families had been displaced, and as of late Wednesday it had been just 20% contained, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office said.The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce put out an appeal ...
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Putting Out Wildfires, Now and Tomorrow
ShutterstockYes, we need more immediate safety measures — but also longer-term solutions for the pollution causing these climate disasters.ByKatharine Wilkinson| October 30, 2020As a writer and climate activist, I have a deep faith in our ability to heal the planet and ourselves. Even so, 2020 has been a heavy year, with the pandemic spreading, inequality growing, and our democracy fraying — all against a backdrop of wildfires and hurricanes.Our leaders have been focused on short-term profits for the few over lasting solutions for the many. That jig is up. The multiple crises we face call for ...
Tough fire season takes toll on firefighters' mental health
Josh Baker just got home from a 50-day deployment to three California wildfires. Although his job wasn’t dangerous — he worked on a support team, making calls to track down equipment such as port-a-potties and bulldozers — the hours were long, the stakes were high and the work was exhausting.He’s still feeling tense. “I’m anxious, nerves are kind of frayed, things that would normally not be a big deal — kind of water off a duck’s back — hit a little harder,” said Baker, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) fire captain who spoke to Stateline as a member of the age...
'Sadistic and Depraved': Trump Rejects California Request for Federal Disaster Aid to Recover From Catastrophic Wildfires (UPDATE)
UPDATE: The Trump administration has now reversed course.Original post:“That a sitting president—of any party—would deny their own citizens help during their time of greatest need, amid literal hellfire raining down on American cities, is beyond shameful.”**by Jake JohnsonCommon Dreams**After repeatedly downplaying the catastrophic wildfires that have ravaged California in recent months and falsely attributing the blazes to poor “forest management,” the Trump administration this week denied Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request for federal disaster assistance needed to recover from the destruction the f...
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Glass fire 95% contained after burning nearly 800 homes in California's Napa, Sonoma counties
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Glass fire, a destructive wildfire that burned close to 800 homes in California’s North Bay area and forced tens of thousands to evacuate after sparking in extreme wind late last month, is almost fully contained.With temperatures cooler, humidity higher and winds calmer, crews have made great progress in recent days, boosting containment to 95% on the nearly 67,500-acre fire, Cal Fire said in a Monday morning update.Cal Fire reports activity on the Glass fire is “limited” and says firefighting resources are being “demobilized,” according to a Sunday evening incident re...
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Wild Horses: Reducing Frequency And Intensity Of Catastrophic Wildfire
It’s a proven fact that by reestablishing the populations of large-bodied herbivores (wild horses) on any wildfire-prone landscape, both the frequency and intensity of wildfires is reduced.Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreWild Horses Can Help Reduce WildfiresOf note and great importance is that the landscape across the western United States is suffering from a severely depleted population of large herbivores, which includes deer and wild horses.What most people don't realize is that the population of deer in California is down about 2-million animals (each deer consumes about 7-...
PG&E under investigation for causing September wildfire that killed 4 in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — PG&E Corp., laboring to get past a history of causing major wildfires, said Friday it’s under investigation in connection with the start of the deadly Zogg Fire in Shasta County.In a brief statement filed with the Public Utilities Commission, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Cal Fire investigators took possession of PG&E equipment Friday, more than two weeks after the fire began in a remote area north of the Shasta County community of Igo.The disclosure represents a potentially troubling development for a company that’s been trying to shed a disastrous reputation for publ...
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Urban wildfire: When homes are the fuel for a runaway blaze, how do you rebuild a safer community?
TALENT, Ore. — Late morning on Sept. 8, forest scientist Dominick DellaSala sat at the desk in his home office to do a final edit on a newspaper opinion piece. The topic: The need to better prepare for catastrophic wildfires — or “black swan events” — that can rampage through neighborhoods.His computer screen went dark. The power had gone out.He went outside to investigate the outage. Looking south, he spotted a dense cloud of smoke.“This was totally black. It was huge. And it was heading in our direction,” DellaSala recalls.DellaSala spent the next few hours up on his roof, cleaning out gutte...
The Seattle Times
Economic Impact Of 2020 Wildfires: Current And Future Financial Losses Are Piling Up
Conservationists are all facing very challenging times. And arguably the biggest challenge is posed by the evolution of what is arguably now the costliest destructive force facing America; ‘catastrophic wildfire‘.Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreIn 2017, in California alone, catastrophic wildfires caused $180-billion in total losses! https://www.courthousenews.com/costs-to-fight-2017-california-wildfires-shatters-records/California wildfires of 2020 have already caused untold losses and the season isn't even over yet.However, the financial impact of catastrophic wildfires extent...
Firefighters in N. California making progress on Glass, Zogg fires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly 4 million acres of California have been burned by wildfires this year, with dozens of large fires currently burning.Among the most destructive are the Glass fire, located in Napa and Sonoma counties near Calistoga, and the Zogg fire, burning in Shasta and Tehama counties.Firefighters have been making progress in containing the two wildfires, but have been fighting off numerous other fires during this year’s highly active fire season.Red flag conditions have since faded, but Cal Fire officials say that warm weather and low humidity is creating challenging conditions ...
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