The National Weather Service shared video footage captured by the U.S. Forest Service showing a firenado that formed over the Tennant Fire in California's Siskiyou County on June 29, 2021. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)
Posted in Climate change Filibuster Politics Wild Fire

‘This is what bipartisanship looks like’: Fire tornado caught on film in California

“Climate policy isn’t about imagining a spectrum from left to right and finding the sweet spot in the middle. It’s a zero-sum battle with physics.”   by Jon Queally, Staff Writer July 8, 2021 Responding to…

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Dry conditions across the West follow a hot, dry year of record-setting wildfires in 2020. Communities were left with scenes like this, from California’s Creek Fire. Amir Aghakouchak/University of California Irvine
Posted in Analysis Water Wild Fire

Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S., and the drought-stricken region is headed for a water crisis

May 13, 2021 2.17pm EDT Updated May 13, 2021 3.54pm EDT by Mojtaba Sadegh, Boise State University; Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine, and John Abatzoglou, University of California, Merced   Just about every indicator of…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Wild Fire

Get ready for a busy year fighting wildfires, experts in Arizona warn

“We didn’t see as much rain or snow,” said Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. “So that proposes the question, how did those plants respond? Going out in the desert, listening…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Wild Fire

Wildfire smoke changes dramatically as it ages, and that matters for downwind air quality – here’s what we learned flying through smoke plumes

Wildfire smoke is far more complex and dynamic than meets the eye. It contains thousands of different compounds, most of which are molecules containing various amounts of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen atoms. by Brett B….

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Environment Toxic Chemicals Wild Fire

Wildfire smoke is laced with toxic chemicals – here’s how they got there

Wildfire smoke turned the San Francisco sky orange in the middle of the day in early September. Ray Chavez/Medianews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images by Joshua S. Fu, University of Tennessee When you breathe in…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Wild Fire

From the front lines of California’s fires, Yolo County joins 1,750+ communities in declaring climate emergency

The resolution’s success, said one organizer, “is a testament to the social movement power demanding both transformative climate action and concrete steps to remedy the legacy of systemic racism.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, September…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Wild Fire

It’s tough to tell COVID from smoke inhalation symptoms — and flu season’s coming

by   Mark Kreidler,  KHN September 16, 2020 The patients walk into Dr. Melissa Marshall’s community clinics in Northern California with the telltale symptoms. They’re having trouble breathing. It may even hurt to inhale. They’ve got…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams News Wild Fire

Hundreds of thousands of dead migratory birds in Southwest linked to wildfires, Climate Crisis

‘Ecological Disaster on Massive Scale’ “The fact that we’re finding hundreds of these birds dying, just kind of falling out of the sky is extremely alarming.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 A combination…

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A burned Valero gas station smolders during the Creek fire in an unincorporated area of Fresno County, California on September 08, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Wild Fire

New study finds Planet heading toward temperature threshold not seen in 34 million years

Researchers behind the comprehensive study of Earth’s atmospheric record over tens of million of years say “immediate and stringent action” could prevent most dire outcomes. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday, September 14 A newly published…

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Posted in Climate change Environment The Conversation Wild Fire

Coping with Western wildfires: 5 essential reads

As wildfire smoke turns Western skies orange and red, millions of people face serious health risks from inhaling it, even many who are far from active fires. Wildfire smoke creates an orange glow over San Francisco,…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment Wild Fire

The Climate Crisis is happening right now. Just look at California’s weekend.

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. ProPublica reporter Elizabeth Weil spoke to former California Gov. Jerry Brown about the state’s converging apocalypses. by Elizabeth Weil Wednesday, September 9 Two weeks ago, after freak lightning strikes…

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Satellite image showing Western fires. September 9, 2020.
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News The West Wild Fire

West continues to face deadly flames compounded by heatwave, blackouts, and coronavirus

‘Entire Western US on Fire.’ Seventy wildfires raged across California, Oregon, Washington, and other western states on Wednesday. by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 9 A record-shattering heatwave, continuing wildfires, power blackouts, and the coronavirus…

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Mendocino Complex fire August 8, 2020.(Tasmanian News photo.)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Wild Fire

Fires have burned record 2 million acres in California this year

And still two months to go in fire season A spokesperson for CAL FIRE called the news “unnerving,” noting that “September and October are historically our worst months for fires.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday,…

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The biggest new fire burning in California right now is so powerful it sent smoke 10 miles straight up into the stratosphere and created its own thunderstorms. 224 people were airlifted by the National Guard. (Photo Sept. 6, 2020, 7:52-am)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Wild Fire

50,000-foot smoke plumes and record-shattering heatwave as Climate Emergency grips California

Timelapse footage from space showing Saturday’s explosion of California wildfires led one meteorologist to declare: “It cannot be overstated how terrifying this satellite image is.” by  Jon Queally, staff writer Sunday, September 6 Smoke plumes rising…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams News Wild Fire

Trump rejects California request for Federal Disaster aid to recover from catastrophic wildfires

“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 Johnson, staff writer Friday, October 16…

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A firefighter (L) speaks to an inmate firefighter as they prepare to put out flames on the road leading to the Reagan Library during the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, California on October 30, 2019.
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Prisons Wild Fire

California bill to help prisoner firefighters find work after release awaits Governor’s signature

As the Golden State burns amid a firefighter shortage, AB 2147 would expedite criminal record expungements so ex-inmates can apply for EMT licenses. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, August 31   As dozens of major…

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A Cal Fire firefighter keeps an eye on a blaze in front of a home near Boulder Creek, California, on Aug. 19. (Nhat V. Meyer/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Pro Publica Wild Fire

They know how to prevent megafires. Why won’t anybody listen?

This is a story about frustration, about watching the West burn when you fully understand why it’s burning — and understand why it did not need to be this bad. by Elizabeth Weil  What a week….

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An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation in California in 2018. This year, as the state is engulfed in wildfire smoke and flames, Covid-19 has complicated the state's fire supression response as well as its practice of using prison labor to fight the blazes. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP)
Posted in Common Dreams Justice News Prisons Wild Fire

Inmate families, advocates push for prisoner release as California wildfires engulf state

‘They Have Nowhere To Run’ “I’m furious at the incompetence and severe inhumanity of this,” one advocate said. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Friday, August 21 As wildfires rage in California, advocates are pushing for Gov….

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation Wild Fire

What’s in that wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

The health impact of wildfire exposure depends in part on on the fire itself and how much smoke a person breathes in, how often and for how long. by  Luke Montrose, Boise State University If I…

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A sign warning people about Covid-19 is surrounded by flames during the Hennessey fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa, California on August 18, 2020. The Hennessey fire has merged with at least 7 fires and is now called the LNU Lightning Complex fires. Dozens of fires are burning out of control throughout Northern California as fire resources are spread thin. (Photo: by Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Wild Fire

‘Lightning siege’ sparks hundreds of fires in California as new flames overwhelm resources

“Throughout the state of California right now, we are stretched thin for crews.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, August 20 Authorities in California announced Wednesday evacuations for thousands of people as multiple wildfires left firefighters…

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Posted in News The Conversation Water Wild Fire

Wildfires can poison drinking water – here’s how communities can be better prepared

The Camp Fire inferno spread at a speed of one football field per second, chasing everyone – including water system operators – out of town. The 2018 Camp Fire north of Sacramento burned everything in its…

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The Rough Fire near Hume Lake in the Sierra National Forest, CA in 2015. Photo: USFS
Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment The Revelator Wild Fire

Here’s what Climate Change means for wildfires in the West

Two recent studies find different factors increasing wildfire risk across California and the Pacific Northwest, but the solutions in each location are similar. by Tara Lohan, The Revelator Tuesday, June 23 Exploding saguaros in Arizona have…

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