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California heat waves are getting worse. Blame the vicious ‘heat dome’

By Grace Toohey and Alexandra E. Petri Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times

The extreme temperatures that will bear down on California over the next week are the result of a “heat dome,” a phenomenon that typically brings broiling conditions to the state as summer fades into fall. But climate change is worsening the dome’s effects and making it more lethal for people who cannot seek relief.


These maps show severe fires are morphing California forests into something we won’t recognize

By Yoohyun Jung Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

Many of the largest wildfires in recent U.S. history have happened in California just in the past few years, including last year’s Dixie Fire, which burned nearly a million acres across four counties. Seven others in 2021 achieved “megafire” status, surpassing the mark of 100,000 acres burned. No megafires have occured in 2022 yet, but the ongoing Oak Fire, which started on July 22, has already burned more than 15,000 acres and continues to grow.


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 are designed to warn of missile attacks, calling the orbital fleet “a game changer” for spotting and fighting wildfires.


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 and the wind today is going to make it very challenging,” said Keith Wade, a spokesman with Cal Fire.


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. 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

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 get out again — fast.


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 ash into the air in columns up to six miles high.


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 Festival, a well-known spring attraction in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. As the Beachie Creek and Riverside fires raged roughly 25 miles away, the farm was in Stage 3 evacuation for 10 surreal autumn days.