This summer, throughout the West, higher temperatures and decreased precipitation brought on by climate change have ramped up the frequency of wildfires -- big, catastrophic fires -- while a century of fire suppression feeds the flames with a thick tangle of fuel in our overgrown forests.
Excessive heat advisories and "red flag warnings" for extreme fire conditions are in effect across California, Nevada and Arizona.
"No one is leaving this valley. The road is blocked at both ends by the fire, so stay put! It's gonna get really hot and windy. Do not shut your vehicle off!" said the fire chief.
Like any natural resource, usage and abuse affect more than just one party, and those most vulnerable are often the ones who bear the brunt of such abuse the most. Political, economic, social, and environmental effects of water scarcity are only now beginning to register among the public.
On Wednesday, state forecaster Aaron Everett told a panel of lawmakers Washington would benefit from putting more funds toward
The insurance industry is backing efforts to place greater responsibility on property owners, along with stricter building
The U.S. West has had years of recurring drought with resultant mandatory water conservation measures, massive wildfires and above normal temperatures.
But for the most part, states tend to recommend fire-safe actions, rather than require them. That’s the case in Colorado
In addition, years with abnormally warm spring and summer temperatures tend to be years with more and bigger fires. For example
The men radioed Sunday afternoon that they were in trouble, and a helicopter pilot reported witnessing them deploying their