The West Coast Wildfire Season Is Getting Worse

What was already a historic, horrifying start to the 2020 fire season out West is continuing to get worse. Amid unprecedented weather conditions linked to climate change, numerous fast-moving heat and wind-fueled wildfires in multiple western states have in recent days burned hundreds of thousands of acres, besieged countless communities, blanketed the region with hazardous […]

Think The 2020 California Wildfires Are Bad? Experts See Worse Natural Disasters In Future

“I think we’ll look back and we’ll see a whole bunch of increasingly crazy years,” Overpeck said. “And that this year, in 2020, I hope we look back and say it got crazy enough that it motivated us to act on climate change in the United States.”

3 dead as wildfire explodes in Northern California

On Tuesday, flames overtook 14 firefighters who had to deploy last-resort emergency shelters trying to proect a mountaintop fire station above Big Sur on California’s central coast. Three suffered burns and smoke inhalation. However, one firefighter who was in critical condition was upgraded to stable condition and the other two were treated and released from […]

Northern Idaho wildfires force evacuations, burn buildings

The Bonner County sheriff’s office issued evacuation orders for both sides of State Highway 41 near Blanchard. The Idaho Department of Lands said the fire is at about 700 acres (280 hectares), and that additional fire crews are heading to the area.

La Niña Forms: May Bring More Drought, ‘Not A Good Sign’ For Wildfires

A natural cooling of certain parts of the equatorial Pacific, La Niña sets in motion a series of changes to the world’s weather that can last months, even years. This one so far is fairly weak and is projected to last through at least February but may not be the two-to-three-year type sometimes seen in […]

Stunned residents tour Oregon town devastated by wildfires

The small farming town of Malden in eastern Washington was mostly destroyed, losing its fire station, post office, city hall and library. In California, thousands of homes were threatened Thursday after winds whipped a blaze into a monster that incinerated houses in a small mountain community and killed at least three people. Experts say the […]

‘Evacuate now:’ Wildfires grow in Oregon as 500K flee

Guterrez, a single father of four, had been at work at a vineyard nearby when he saw thick smoke spreading through Rogue River Valley. He raced home just in time to snatch his kids from the trailer park where they live alongside dozens of other Mexican families. They got out with just the clothes on […]

After Weekslong Silence on Wildfires, Trump to Visit California Monday for Briefing on Devastation

Trump will visit McClellan Park, California, on Monday for a briefing with local and federal fire and emergency officials on the state’s wildfires, the White House said Saturday. The president was already set to visit Reno, Nevada, on Saturday, where he is likely to see firsthand evidence of the devastating fires, as the National Weather […]

Latest: Oregon deputy on leave over wildfire claims

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Oregon Health Authority say employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers when air quality becomes unhealthy. That can include halting outdoor work, letting workers with underlying health conditions stay home, and providing N95 masks, as the masks many workers have worn to guard against COVID […]

Coronavirus complicates wildfire evacuations on West Coast

“Contract tracing is really critical during a pandemic, and just because there’s a wildfire, all of the needs associated with contract tracing don’t just go away,” Kim said. “I think it’s more complicated because of the urgent nature of the evacuation. We don’t have good systems for this; nonetheless, we need to do that tracking. […]