Wildfires in US West Blowing 'So Much Smoke' into East Coast
Climate
Wildfires in US West Blowing 'So Much Smoke' into East Coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Smoke and ash from massive wildfires in the American West clouded the sky and led to air quality alerts Wednesday on parts of the East Coast as the effects of the blazes were felt 2,500 miles... Read More

Largest Wildfire in Oregon Expands Further; New Evacuations
In The States
Largest Wildfire in Oregon Expands Further; New Evacuations

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters scrambled on Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that's spreading miles a day in windy conditions, one of numerous conflagrations across the U.S. West that are straining resources.  Authorities ordered a new... Read More

Small Town Bands Together to Care for Evacuees of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire
In The States
Small Town Bands Together to Care for Evacuees of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire
2021-07-15 20:36:22
by Brock Blasdell

Oregon is currently at the heart of one of the most expensive and destructive wildfire seasons of the past decade. According to data from the National Interagency Fire Center, six wildfires across the state are currently burning over 280 thousand... Read More

'Scary' Fuel Shortage Could Ground Firefighting Aircraft
Climate
'Scary' Fuel Shortage Could Ground Firefighting Aircraft

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Airport officials facing jet fuel shortages are concerned they'll have to wave off planes and helicopters that drop fire retardants during what could be a ferocious wildfire season, potentially endangering surrounding communities. Sporadic shortages at some... Read More

Wildfires Rage as US West Grapples With Heat Wave, Drought
Climate
Wildfires Rage as US West Grapples With Heat Wave, Drought

Firefighters were working in extreme temperatures across the U.S. West and struggling to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region, straining power grids. The largest wildfire of the year in California... Read More

Study: Northwest Heat Wave Impossible Without Climate Change
Climate
Study: Northwest Heat Wave Impossible Without Climate Change

The deadly heat wave that roasted the Pacific Northwest and western Canada was virtually impossible without human-caused climate change that added a few extra degrees to the record-smashing temperatures, a new quick scientific analysis found. An international team of 27... Read More

O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires
Congress
O’Halleran Urges Action On Forestry Management During Hearing on Wildfires
2020-10-02 15:05:12
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D- Ariz., criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a recent House hearing on the western wildfires, saying “forest management has long been on the backburner at the federal level.” Halleran made his observation during... Read More

Congress Seeks a Clean Energy Economy While Recovering from Coronavirus Pandemic
Energy
Congress Seeks a Clean Energy Economy While Recovering from Coronavirus Pandemic
2020-09-17 13:56:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress discussed proposals Wednesday to switch the United States to 100% clean energy as Western governors confronting out-of-control wildfires demand action on global warming. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee is trying to figure out a way to... Read More

Millions Without Power As PG&E Blackouts Bring Concern, Anger, Resolve
State News
Millions Without Power As PG&E Blackouts Bring Concern, Anger, Resolve

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Classes were canceled. Frozen foods melted. Hospitals switched to emergency generators. Blooms withered in florists’ coolers. Unused food was jettisoned at shuttered restaurants. Lines formed at gas stations. Cellphones faded out. That’s what happened Wednesday when the... Read More

Early Power Shut-Offs Are New Reality As California Enters Peak Wildfire Season
State News
Early Power Shut-Offs Are New Reality As California Enters Peak Wildfire Season

LOS ANGELES — Russ Brown and other emergency officials in Yuba County have been trying to get the word out. Charge your medical equipment and phone batteries now. Make you sure you have enough nonperishable food to last a few... Read More

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