Crews were digging in and burning out fire lines amid fears that another round of high winds on Saturday could bring renewed fury to a northern California wildfire. “We have a firefight ahead of us and the wind today is going to make it very challenging,” said Keith Wade, a spokesman with Cal Fire.
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It was just before sunrise in July when the botanists Naomi Fraga and Maria Jesus threw on backpacks and crunched their way across a brittle alkaline flat in the hottest corner of the Mojave Desert. Their mission: to rescue a tiny plant teetering on the brink of extinction.
‘Where do I go?’ Thousands flee as Dixie Fire morphs into third-largest blaze in California’s history
Teresa Hatch, 61, had evacuated her rural Northern California town several days ago as the Dixie Fire menaced, but soon was allowed back. Then the alerts started lighting up her cellphone Wednesday, telling her to get out again — fast.
Climate change has its most extreme effect on overnight low temperatures, which are increasing even faster than daytime highs. These maps show how much warmer California
The combination of assigning blame while fires still burn and offering questionable remedies have become as familiar to Californians as the conflagrations that ignite each year.
Nikki and Kevin Conant returned to their home in Northern California wine country yesterday to find only its charred remains and burned pieces of the wine barrels they used to repurpose into custom-made art and furniture.
Beleaguered firefighters in the western United States have a new force on their side: Baby Yoda. A 5-year-old Oregon boy and his grandmother delivered a toy version of the pointy-eared Force user to a donation center for firefighters on Sept. 12 along with a note that read: “Here is a friend for you in case you get lonely.” Since then, Baby Yoda has been to four wildfires in two states, ridden in helicopters, checked people’s temperatures for COVID-19 symptoms, and even used “the Force” to move a firefighting tool known as a pulaski.
California’s unprecedented wildfires, driven by man-made climate change, are pumping the atmosphere with tens of millions of tons of carbon dioxide that will only drive global temperatures higher.
For only the second time in recorded history, five tropical cyclones are spinning across the Atlantic at the same time, including Hurricane Sally, which is due to make landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday. Hurricane Paulette continues to batter Bermuda, while Tropical Storm Teddy threatens to become a hurricane later this week.