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Dixie Fire caused by PG&E, Cal Fire says. Fire was second largest in California history

By Dale Kasler and Rosalio Ahumada
Cal Fire said Tuesday that investigators have determined that a tree contacting Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines caused last summer’s Dixie Fire, which burned nearly 1 million acres and destroyed more than 1,300…
01/05/22
                                                               

California’s forever fire

By Elizabeth Weil Photo: Meridith Kohut for The New York Times Magazine
After another devastating year, it’s clear that Californians can’t keep trying to “fight” wildfires. Instead, they need to accept it as their new reality.
01/03/22
                                                               

‘Total devastation’ after wildfire charges through Colorado towns

By Ari Schneider, Jennifer Oldham, Marisa Iati and Emmanuel Felton Photo: Brittany Peterson/AP
More than 500 families may enter a new year having lost their homes after runaway grass fires bore down on the region northwest of Denver on Thursday, but others were returning to their neighborhoods Friday…
12/31/21
                                                               

Prairies on Fire in Montana Amid a Record December Heat Wave

By Jim Robbins Photo: Lynn Donaldson
Record-high temperatures and powerful winds have sparked a series of unusual December prairie fires in Montana, one of a series of late-season fires across the country amid an unusually warm approach to the winter season.
12/02/21

Montana wildfire update for December 01, 2021

By Jess Sheldahl, Kay Erickson, Edward O'Brien
The town of Denton in Fergus County in central Montana is under an evacuation order because of a fast-moving wildfire.
12/02/21
                                                               

Wildfires in California Killed Thousands of Giant Sequoias

By Vimal Patel Photo: Max Whittaker
Three wildfires in California in the past 15 months killed or mortally wounded thousands of mature giant sequoias, accounting for an estimated 13 to 19 percent of the world’s population of the majestic trees, officials…
11/20/21
                                                               

Climate change is now the main driver of increasing wildfire weather, study finds

By Alex Wigglesworth Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
In a finding that scientists believed was still decades away from becoming reality, California researchers say that climate change is now the overwhelming cause of conditions driving extreme wildfire behavior in the western United States.
11/01/21
                                                               

As California burns, PG&E CEO promises: ‘We are going to fix our stuff’

By Sammy Roth Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
I don’t envy Patti Poppe. In the nine months since she took the helm of Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest and possibly most hated utility, Poppe has seen the firm potentially implicated in…
10/14/21
                                                               
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California’s Alisal Fire has prompted evacuations, road and Amtrak closures

By Aya Elamroussi and Joe Sutton
California firefighters are battling flames and strong winds as they tackle the Alisal Fire, which has shut down a section of the iconic Highway 101 and Amtrak lines in Santa Barbara County. The 15,400-acre fire,…
10/14/21
                                                               

1 of every 8 acres in California has burned in the last 10 years. Here’s where the biggest fires spread — and are burning now

By Paul Rogers and Paiching Wei Photo: AP Photo/Noah Berger
If it seems like wildfires in California are getting larger, they are. Nine of the state’s 10 largest wildfires since 1932, when modern records began, have occurred in the past decade. And amazingly, the eight…
09/29/21