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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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San Diego Getting Strong, Dry Winds From Santa Ana

Dec. 2
By Erik Anderson

San Diego’s National Weather Service is issuing a red flag warning for the region’s mountains because as dry, windy conditions are expected to persist this week.

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Forecasts Of Intense Santa Ana Conditions Prompt Wildfire Warnings

Dec. 2
By City News Service

Forecasts predict an extended period of gusty, dry conditions across the San Diego area beginning Wednesday night, prompting authorities to issue warnings of increased wildfire hazards and the potential for public- safety power shutoffs in particularly at-risk locales.

Eileen Menzies works to clear her property in L...

Recovery Slow For Valley Fire Victims Who Lost Homes, Businesses

Nov. 30
Camille von Kaenel/inewsource

From our inewsource partners: Nearly three months after the Valley Fire erupted near Jamul, the people who lost homes and businesses are clearing debris off their land, negotiating with insurance companies if they were insured and applying for federal aid.

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Strong Santa Ana Winds Blow Through Southern California

Nov. 28
By Associated Press

Strong Santa Ana winds continue to blow through the mountains and foothills of Southern California, bringing danger of wildfires and power cutoffs to prevent ignitions caused by sparking wires.

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USFS: One Crew Member Injured Battling Hawk Fire near Alpine

Nov. 27
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

A U.S. Forest Service firefighter was injured Friday while battling a vegetation fire that has burned 10 acres in the Cleveland National Forest near the community of Alpine.

A woman watches as the Bobcat Fire burns in Jun...

Plan To Reduce Massive Wildfires In US West Released

Nov. 27
Keith Ridler / Associated Press

The plan released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management aims to limit wildfires in a 350,000-square-mile area of mainly sagebrush habitat that includes parts of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah.

Crews work on clearing Highway 101 in the after...

UC San Diego Engineers Send Soil Into Outer Space To Tackle Mudslides On Earth

Nov. 13
By Shalina Chatlani

UC San Diego scientists will send soil samples to the International Space Station in 18 months to study the effects of gravity on mud composition.

The charred remnants of a home near Jamul burne...

People Affected By Wildfires Granted New Extension On Tax Returns, Payments

Nov. 5
By City News Service

Taxpayers in areas that were declared disaster areas by Gov. Gavin Newsom are granted an extension until Jan. 15 to file California tax returns on 2019 income and make any tax payments that would have been due between Sept. 4 and Jan. 15.

Although you can still see impacts of the Rodeo...

As Western Fires Burn, Focus Narrows On Forest Management. But It’s Easier Said Than Done

Nov. 2
Ron Dungan / KJZZ

At the time, the Rodeo-Chediski Fire was the largest wildfire in Arizona's history. Almost two decades later, those involved in responding to the Rodeo-Chediski say they’re still learning what it will take to get ahead of wildfires, and the effects they have on headwater forests.

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The Politics Of Climate Change Largely Set Aside In Pandemic Year

Nov. 2
By Erik Anderson

A warming climate was a key talking point for national political candidates last year, but then the pandemic happened.

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In Grasslands Plagued By Invasives And Drought, Wildfires Fuel Calls For New Solutions

Oct. 30
Luke Runyon/KUNC

Fires on grasslands and rangelands may not capture as much coverage but can be just as landscape-altering as forest fires. Plus, they can spread more rapidly, and in some cases, cause more damage than fires in forested areas.

Aerial shot of the Silverado Fire released Oct....

Evacuation Orders Lifted In 2 Orange County Wind-Driven Blazes

Oct. 29
By Associated Press

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the last of some 130,000 Californians forced from their homes by two wind-driven wildfires. The Silverado Fire was 40% contained near Irvine, south of Los Angeles. Just to the north, the Blue Ridge Fire near Yorba Linda was 30% contained.

Residents watch as the Blue Ridge Fire burns al...

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Many Californians Who Fled Fire

Oct. 28
Christopher Weber and Amy Taxin / Associated Press

Thousands of Californians have been allowed to return to their homes as calmer winds helped firefighters beat back two wind-driven wildfires that had spurred widespread evacuations.

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How Power Shutoffs Prevent California Wildfires

Oct. 28
Robert Jablon / Associated Press

California’s largest utilities have repeatedly staged power shutoffs this year to prevent their equipment from sparking wildfires during one of the worst fire seasons on record.

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For The West’s Drinking Water, Wildfire Concerns Linger Long After Smoke Clears

Oct. 28
Luke Runyon / KUNC

For many communities in the West, the water that flows out of kitchen faucets and bathroom showerheads starts high up in the mountains. This summer’s record-breaking wildfires have reduced some of those headwater forests to burnt trees and heaps of ash.

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