Before you do anything else, you might want to take a look at a N.Y. Times map tracking the wildfires in the west…



The science could not be clearer. The burning of fossil fuels is making the Earth hotter. That makes trees and other vegetation drier. And those conditions make wildfires start more easily, burn hotter, and spread faster. These hot, dry conditions increase the likelihood that wildfires will be more intense and burn longer, making them harder to put out.

Highly detrimental to the environment, people’s health and livelihoods, wildfires are destroying forests, agriculture, and communities. Accelerating in their devastation year after year, by mid-September, 2020, five of the 10 largest wildfires in California’s history – including THE largest ever – had happened. 79 large wildfires were still  actively burning in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming leveling acreage the size of New Jersey, with one in every 33 acres burned in the state of California. In Oregon, ten percent of the population had been evacuated and  critical populations of endangered species and native habitats incinerated. It is questionable whether they will ever recover. Unimaginably, the smoke travelled 3,000 miles to Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland and over the Atlantic.

Extraordinary photographs were published in the New York Times on September 10, 2020.


It’s Always Fire Season Now

By Manuela Andreoni 11/16/23
It’s the end of fire season in the Amazon, where I am, and I can smell the smoke from burning trees. So can millions of people in Indonesia, India and the United States.
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America’s New Wildfire Risk Goes Beyond Forests

By Nadja Popovich 11/09/23
Forest fires may get more attention, but a new study reveals that grassland fires are more widespread and destructive across the United States. Almost every year since 1990, the study found, grass and shrub fires…
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‘We have come so far’: Five years after California’s historic Camp Fire killed 85, Paradise moves ahead with a goal to build a fireproof town

By Lisa M. Krieger 11/07/23
As Jen Goodlin tends the snapdragons and squash in her fertile garden, she is surrounded by a town that is a charred skeleton of its former self. It is also a blank slate, offering a…
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What Happened When California Chose to Rebuild a Town Devastated by Wildfire

By Mark Arax 11/04/23
Before the fire that destroyed almost everything here, Paradise was one of those blunders of American suburbia, a misplaced place that made little ecological sense. It inhabited a California landscape that wasn’t quite rolling foothill…
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Fast-Growing Wildfire in Southern California Forces Thousands to Evacuate

By Angely Mercado 11/01/23
A wildfire in Southern California has burned more than 2,000 acres and prompted more than 4,000 people in Riverside County to evacuate. What is now being called the Highland Fire was first reported on Monday…
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Dusting and Mopping Better Than Air Purifiers for Cleaning Indoor Air After a Wildfire

By Angely Mercado 10/26/23
Even after smoke from a wildfire has visibly cleared, lingering toxins indoors can tank air quality and threaten our health. Harmful chemicals stick around on surfaces and release into the air—and, new research found, air…
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‘It’s Like Our Country Exploded’: Canada’s Year of Fire

By David Wallace-Wells 10/24/23
When the fires came to Yellowknife, the nearest safe-harbor city was more than 600 miles away, a full day’s drive through dense smoke and flammable, nearly uninhabited forest in the infernal midst of Canada’s worst…
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When Kula needed water to stop wildfire, it got a trickle. Many other US cities are also vulnerable

By Brittany Peterson and Michael Phillis 09/30/23
Hours before devastating fires scorched the historic town of Lahaina on Maui, Kyle Ellison labored to save his rental house in Kula, a rural mountain town 24 miles away, from a different blaze.
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Canada’s “hellish” wildfire season defies the calendar

By Andrew Freedman 09/29/23
Canada's wildfire season, already the worst on record, went "completely off the rails" during the past week, scientists tell Axios. The big picture: Enough land area burned in the past week to make the seven-day-period…
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AI, Robots and Satellite Sensors Are Helping in the Fight Against Wildfires

By Coco Liu 09/25/23
This year has been a challenging one for Phil Schneider, who hasn’t seen wildfire behavior like this in his 47-year firefighting career.
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Canada’s unprecedented fire season burns into fall

By Ian Livingston 09/25/23
An unprecedented fire season in Canada that began in May is set to roll into October still going strong. About 44 million acres (18 million hectares) have burned this year as 2023 continues its journey…
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Wildfire smoke is eroding decades of air quality improvements, study finds

By Joshua Partlow 09/20/23
In more than a half century since the Clean Air Act was enacted, there have been dramatic improvements in air quality in the United States, as regulations demanding less-polluting cars and factories helped lift cities…
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The US is spending billions to reduce forest fire risks – we mapped the hot spots where treatment offers the biggest payoff for people and climate

The U.S. government is investing over US$7 billion in the coming years to try to manage the nation’s escalating wildfire crisis. That includes a commitment to treat at least 60 million acres in the next…

How to pick the right air purifier for your home as wildfire smoke descends

In recent years, wildfire smoke has ravaged large swaths of the United States — from Northern California’s devastating 2020 wildfire season, to the orange-brown haze that has drifted from Canada into the eastern half of…

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Reagan Library spared from flames as powerful wind gusts drive new wildfire near Los Angeles

By Scott Wilson,   10/31/19  
Hurricane-force gusts and single-digit humidity levels combined Wednesday to spark a number of fires across Southern California, including one here that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for several morning hours.
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California’s new normal: How the climate crisis is fueling wildfires and changing life in the Golden State

By Ray Sanchez and Brandon Miller   10/30/19  
More than a dozen wildfires displace hundreds of thousands of Californians. Nearly 30 million people from California to Arizona wake up to red-flag warnings that signal conditions ripe for fire danger. Utilities throw entire communities…
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Fire In Paradise

By Jane McMullen   10/29/19  
In November 2018, the deadliest wildfire in California state history burned an area the size of Chicago, destroyed around 30,000 people’s homes, decimated the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.
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Brown: California fires show ‘the horror’ world will face from climate change

By CARLA MARINUCCI   10/28/19  
As Californians suffer widespread power outages and mass evacuations due to wildfire dangers, former Gov. Jerry Brown is warning that the dark scenario may be “only the beginning” for Americans across the country — unless…
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The Quiet, Intentional Fires of Northern California

By Kiliii Yüyan   10/16/19  
In the wake of catastrophic wildfires like the one in 2018 that burned the California city of Paradise, wildfire management has become a pressing topic, to say the least. Especially under scrutiny is the US…
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A Night of Triumph; The firestorm surrounding Safari West

By Paige Peterson   10/09/19  
On October 8, 2017, the worst fire in California’s history was destroying drought-ridden Northern California. The 400 acres of Safari West, a preserve and home to 1,000 exotic animals was in its path. All guests and…
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Across America, climate change is already disrupting lives

By Zoeann Murphy and Chris Mooney   09/26/19  
The continental United States is 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it was a century ago. Seas at the coasts are nine inches higher. The damage is mounting from these fundamental changes, and Americans are affected…
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“There’s no doubt about it” — Researchers suggest increased fire activity, and cost, due to climate change in Alaska

By Derek Minemyer   09/02/19  
Researchers in Alaska say climate change is shifting the way the state manages resources, including around wildfires. They predict a warmer climate will bring bigger and hotter fires and a higher cost of suppressing those…
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A Trailblazing Plan to Fight California Wildfires

By Nicola Twilley   08/19/19  
Throughout the twentieth century, federal policy focussed on putting out fires as quickly as possible, but preventing megafires requires a different approach.
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Over 1,000 firefighters battle flames in Western states

More than 300 firefighters battled three blazes in western Montana yesterday, and Gov. Steve Bullock (D) declared a state of emergency to allow truck drivers to work longer hours to deliver supplies to the lines.
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Arctic wildfires in June equivalent to Sweden’s annual emissions – U.N.

By Tom Miles   07/12/19  
Arctic wildfires, some the size of 100,000 soccer pitches, emitted as much carbon dioxide (CO2) last month as the country of Sweden does in a whole year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday.
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Beach pollution surges after massive wildfires and heavy rains, report finds

By Hannah Fry   06/27/19  
If there was one upside to the severe drought that plagued California for seven years, it was how the lack of rain and dirty runoff improved beach water quality. But ocean pollution has surged once…
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Smoke from US wildfires boosting health risk for millions

By Matthew Brown   06/25/19  
Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a…
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Blame Utilities for Wildfires, But Blame Everyone Else Too

By Matt Simon   06/21/19  
It's hard to feel sorry for the California utility PG&E. Consider that its equipment sparked 17 major fires in 2017 alone, according to a Cal Fire spokesperson. Last year, it was responsible for igniting the…
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California Wildfires: How PG&E Ignored Risks in Favor of Profits

By Ivan Penn, Peter Eavis and James Glanz   03/18/19  
Five of the 10 most destructive fires in California since 2015 have been linked to PG&E’s electrical network. Regulators have found that in many fires, PG&E violated state law or could have done more to make its…
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Wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme weather cost the nation 247 lives, nearly $100 billion in damage during 2018

By Chris Mooney   02/06/19  
Experts say that climate change might already be fueling an increase in the number of billion-dollar disasters.
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Cities Have Turned Into Fire Bait—But We Can Fix Them

By Matt Simon   11/26/18  
The Northern California city of Paradise is gone—the Camp Fire, by far the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history, has reduced home after home to ashes. It conjures images of a tsunami of…
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How California’s Efforts to Prevent Wildfires Reflect a National Crisis on Climate Change

By Carolyn Kormann   11/26/18  
The California assemblyman Jim Wood spent most of the past week in the Sacramento morgue, analyzing the charred remains of human teeth. Wood is a forensic-dentistry expert, and has worked on some of the nation’s…
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Driven by climate change, fire reshapes US West

By Matthew Brown   09/03/18  
Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that…
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Pollution watch: summer’s deadly wildfires cause pollution worldwide

By Gary Fuller   08/30/18  
Widespread wildfires have taken lives and destroyed habitats as well as causing air pollution.
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We won’t stop California’s wildfires if we don’t talk about climate change

By the Editorial Board   08/08/18  
California has battled four of its five largest wildfires since 2012, and scientists have concluded that climate change has increased the frequency of extreme weather and will continue to do so.
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Fire and water: July’s global weather extremes – in pictures

By Eric Hilaire and Joanna Ruck   08/01/18  
Heatwaves are setting temperature records; Europe suffered its deadliest wildfire in more than a century; 90 large fires in the western US have destroyed homes and forced the evacuation of at least 37,000 people; flood-inducing…
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