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80 Wildfires Rage Across West, Bootleg Fire Burns Over 300,000 Acres

80 Wildfires Rage Across West, Bootleg Fire Burns Over 300,000 Acres

The Bootleg Fire has now burned more than 300,000 acres in southern Oregon and continues to grow as more than 80 large wildfires in the West forced evacuations across the region. The Bootleg Fire, currently the nation’s largest fire, is fueled by extremely dry vegetation and low humidity and grew at an average rate of […]

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    Fourth of July Fireworks Banned in Several Cities Across U.S. West

    Fourth of July Fireworks Banned in Several Cities Across U.S. West

    Record heat and extreme drought have caused several cities in southwest Washington, Oregon and California to ban fireworks this Fourth of July, citing wildfire concerns. Due to the extreme conditions, lighting fireworks at home could create a tinderbox-like situation, according to The Guardian. On Monday, Portland saw its hottest temperatures yet — a record high […]

    Arizona to Use People in Prison to Fight Its Wildfires, Pay $1.50 an Hour

    Arizona to Use People in Prison to Fight Its Wildfires, Pay $1.50 an Hour

    As extreme heat, drought, and wildfires spread across the state, Arizona is allocating funding to pay incarcerated people fighting those wildfires $1.50 per hour. Incarcerated people clearing brush, in temperatures that hit 115°F in Phoenix for six days in a row last week, will make $1.00 per hour. The Thirteenth Amendment of the United States […]

    Severe Drought Is Taking a Toll on California and Western U.S.

    Severe Drought Is Taking a Toll on California and Western U.S.

    By Dana Nuccitelli California, along with much of the rest of the western United States, is once again mired in drought. In fact, California has experienced significant drought conditions in 13 of the 22 years (60%) since the turn of the century. A 2020 study in the journal Science concluded that 2000 through 2018 was […]

    Monarch Sequoias Can Live 3,000 Years, But Earth Lost 10% of Them All in 2020

    Monarch Sequoias Can Live 3,000 Years, But Earth Lost 10% of Them All in 2020

    Scientists have known last year’s Castle Fire was probably the most destructive for California’s famously fire-resilient sequoias in at least 700 years, but a draft National Park Service report obtained by the Visalia Times-Delta puts a quantitative measurement on that fire’s climate-fueled toll. Between 7,500 and 10,000 monarch sequoias — about 10% to 14% of […]

    Climate-Fueled Drought Puts American West in Peril Ahead of Wildfire Season

    Climate-Fueled Drought Puts American West in Peril Ahead of Wildfire Season

    At the opening of the 2020 wildfire season, 3% of California was in extreme or exceptional drought and more than 4% burned. This year, more than 73% of the state faces similar drought conditions. In other parts of the Southwest, juniper trees are dying off at increased rates because of the intensification of a climate […]

    Climate Change Could Make ‘Zombie’ Fires Increasingly More Common

    Climate Change Could Make ‘Zombie’ Fires Increasingly More Common

    As if drought, flooding, extreme hurricanes, and deadly heat waves weren’t enough, climate change could make “zombie” forest fires more common, scientists say. Research published Wednesday in Nature found zombie fires — wildfires in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, so-called because they continue to smolder under winter snows and reignite once the snow melts — are […]

    5 Things to Know as Wildfire Season Heats Up

    5 Things to Know as Wildfire Season Heats Up

    By Tara Lohan In early May scientists discovered a plume of smoke wafting from a smoldering sequoia that ignited during 2020’s Castle fire, which set California’s Sequoia National Forest alight last August. The fiery remnant is the result of another too-dry winter in California and an ominous marker for the beginning of the 2021 fire […]