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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 […]

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    California Governor Declares Drought Emergency in Two Counties – Is It Enough?

    California Governor Declares Drought Emergency in Two Counties – Is It Enough?

    As California enters its second consecutive dry year and braces for what could be another devastating wildfire season, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency on Wednesday, in just two counties. The declaration targets Mendocino and Sonoma counties, known for their wineries and grape growing, and where conditions are desperately dry. Standing in the dry […]

    Water Wars Are Heating Up Between States

    Water Wars Are Heating Up Between States

    By Robert Glennon Interstate water disputes are as American as apple pie. States often think a neighboring state is using more than its fair share from a river, lake or aquifer that crosses borders. Currently the U.S. Supreme Court has on its docket a case between Texas, New Mexico and Colorado and another one between […]

    Climate Threatens 2021 French Wine Crop

    Climate Threatens 2021 French Wine Crop

    French winemakers are facing devastating grape loss from the worst frost in decades, preceded by unusually warm temperatures, highlighting the dangers to the sector posed by climate change. “An important share of the harvest has been lost. It’s too early to give a percentage estimate, but in any case it’s a tragedy for the winegrowers […]

    California Pledges $536 Million to Fight Wildfires

    California Pledges $536 Million to Fight Wildfires

    2020 was the largest wildfire season in California‘s modern history, according to state agency Cal Fire. And, as the climate crisis continues to increase fire risk, there are concerns that 2021 could be just as devastating. To adapt to this new normal, California leaders Thursday announced a more-than half a billion dollar plan to prevent […]

    Wisconsin Declares State of Emergency Due to High Wildfire Risk

    Wisconsin Declares State of Emergency Due to High Wildfire Risk

    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency on Monday due to heightened wildfire risk. The state’s wildfire season got an early start thanks to an early snow melt, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. So far this year, more than 320 fires have scorched more than 1,500 acres, nearly reaching the total of 1,630.13 […]

    Wildfires Burn Across Midwest

    Wildfires Burn Across Midwest

    Wildfires burned across the Midwest and Great Plains over the weekend as dry, windy conditions induced ‘Red Flag’ warnings across the Central Continental U.S. The entire western portion of North Dakota faces either ‘severe’ or ‘extreme drought’ and the entire state is under a statewide fire emergency. On Saturday, shifting winds there destroyed a fire […]

    South Dakota Wildfires Close Mount Rushmore and Force Evacuations

    South Dakota Wildfires Close Mount Rushmore and Force Evacuations

    Three wildfires raging in South Dakota have shuttered Mount Rushmore and forced hundreds to flee their homes. The largest blaze is the Schroeder Fire, first reported at 9:22 a.m. Monday one mile west of Rapid City, according to a Facebook update. It has since spread to 1,900 acres and forced up to 500 people to […]

    ‘Prolonged and Widespread Drought’ Predicted for Much of U.S. in New NOAA Report

    ‘Prolonged and Widespread Drought’ Predicted for Much of U.S. in New NOAA Report

    A megadrought worsened by climate change is creating and exacerbating problems across the Western U.S. as NOAA predicts precipitation levels below historical norms through June. NOAA’s official spring outlook, released late last week, predicts expanding and worsening drought from Louisiana to Oregon and unusually warm temperatures in almost the entire country — which in turn […]