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Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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.

Brian Mealor holds up a sprig of cheatgrass gro...

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.

Power lines silhouetted against a setting sun t...

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.

An undated photo depicting large smoke clouds c...

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.

A Cal Fire truck drives drives down a road duri...

Dry, Gusty Santa Ana Conditions Raise Wildfire Risks In San Diego Area

Oct. 27
By City News Service

Dry, gusty Santa Ana winds swept through the San Diego area for a second day Tuesday, raising the risk of wildfires in the mountains and inland valleys and prompting precautionary power shutoffs.

Firefighter Raymond Vasquez battles the Silvera...

Wind A Major Risk As Orange County Fires Drive Thousands From Their Homes

Oct. 27
By Associated Press

Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their home.

A fire truck rolls through an empty freeway in ...

100,000 In Orange County To Evacuate As Blaze Grows

Oct. 26
Christopher Weber and Olga R. Rodriguez / Associated Press

Fast-moving wildfires have forced evacuations for more than 100,000 people in Orange County and seriously injured two firefighters.

Power lines strung above a neighborhood in San ...

Big Power Shutoffs In California As Winds Boost Fire Danger

Oct. 26
By Associated Press

Large swaths of California were had no electricity on Monday as utilities sought to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires as the state is buffeted by powerful winds and dry weather conditions.

A firefighter watches the flames in Yellowstone...

In Yellowstone, America’s 'First Water Park,' Decades-Old Blaze Marked Start Of Megafire Era

Oct. 26
Robyn Vincent / KHOL

The wildfires ushered in a chapter of massive, frequent blazes as well as a new understanding of the ecological process.

Firefighters watch a controlled burn within the...

Homeowners Who Avoid Wildfire Damage Can Find Themselves In New Flood Zone

Oct. 26
Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Major wildfires have burned through the Western U.S. in 2020, breaking records for their scale and damage. Even after firefighters calm the immediate effects, those who live nearby face a serious increase in the threat of flooding.

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