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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.

The Secret War Over Pentagon Aid in Fighting Wildfires

By William J. Broad Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
In July, as wildfires tore through the American West, President Biden met with the region’s governors to find better ways to battle the flames. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California requested use of military satellites that…

Caldor fire: crews prepare for high winds that could fan northern California blaze

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…

California builds ‘Noah’s Ark’ as extinction looms – Los Angeles Times

By Louis Sahagún Photo: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times
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.…

‘Where do I go?’ Thousands flee as Dixie Fire morphs into third-largest blaze in California’s history

By Aaron Williams, Marisa Iati and María Luisa Paúl
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…

Massive wildfires on the West Coast send haze to the East again

By Gillian Flaccus Photo: Adam Hunger
The wildfires raging in the western United States, including the massive Bootleg blaze in Oregon and fires in California, are creating hazy skies as far away as New York as the infernos spew smoke and…

What Impacts Do the West Coast Wildfires, Smoke Have on Crops?

By Virginia Gewin
On September 12, Iverson Family Farms posted ominous images on social media of their fields under a ruddy red sky, thick with a stagnant, dense haze—a stark contrast to the vibrant annual Wooden Shoe Tulip…

California braces for dangerous heat as wildfire battle continues

by Gabrielle Canon Photo: Frederic J Brown, AFP, Getty Images
California is bracing for another dangerously warm weekend, with dry winds, parched vegetation, and triple-digit temperatures threatening to ignite new fires and complicating containment efforts in an embattled state.