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California Already Spent 98% of Funds to Fight Wildfires

California Already Spent 98% of Funds to Fight Wildfires

By Chriss Street California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Monday that the state spent 98 percent of its 2018 budget and is only halfway through the wildfire season. California has spent $432 million of this year’s $443 million budget for the fire year that runs from May 15 through December 15. CalFire has asked for emergency money from […]

Interior and Agriculture Secretaries California Fires, Pledge to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Interior and Agriculture Secretaries California Fires, Pledge to Reduce Wildfire Risk

By PENNY STARR The U.S. Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture toured the devastating sites of California fires this week that have burned hundreds of thousands of acres, destroyed countless homes, and taken the lives of eight people and six firefighters. Both vowed to manage federal lands better, and to help state and local officials […]

California’s Biggest Utility Continues to Blame Global Warming for Wildfires Started by Its Own Power Lines

California’s Biggest Utility Continues to Blame Global Warming for Wildfires Started by Its Own Power Lines

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Contributor The head of California’s biggest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), is blaming global warming for making large wildfires more frequent and intense as part of an ongoing public relations and lobbying campaign. The goal of that campaign: Get state lawmakers to change what utilities are liable for when their […]

Decades Of Mismanagement Turned U.S. Forests Into ‘Slow-Motion Time Bombs’

Decades Of Mismanagement Turned U.S. Forests Into ‘Slow-Motion Time Bombs’

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Contributor Wildfire experts say poor management, not global warming, is the major reason behind worsening wildfires. Forester Bob Zybach warned decades ago that environmental regulations and less logging would make fires worse. The Trump administration is doing more active management of lands, but is it enough? Bob Zybach feels like a […]

Wildfire Scorching California is the Largest in State History

Wildfire Scorching California is the Largest in State History

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter The Mendocino Complex Fire has burned over 283,000 acres in Northern California, surpassing the 281,893 acre state record set by the Thomas Fire in January. The Mendocino fire is 12 days old. Firefighters have encircled most of the blaze and Cal Fire estimates it will have the wildfire fully contained in about […]

‘I had no idea the flames could go that fast’: Goleta devastated by fire as record heat burns path of destruction

‘I had no idea the flames could go that fast’: Goleta devastated by fire as record heat burns path of destruction

By ANDREA CASTILLO, JOHN WILKENS and TERI FIGUEROA Firefighters on Saturday were battling a destructive fire that snaked through a hillside area of Goleta, one of several blazes that destroyed homes amid a record-setting heat wave in Southern California. Fire personnel spent the night and morning in pitched battle against the Holiday fire, which exploded Friday night amid 100-degree […]

Utility That Tried To Blame California Fires On Climate Change Could Face Bankruptcy

Utility That Tried To Blame California Fires On Climate Change Could Face Bankruptcy

Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator PG&E executives suggested climate change was to blame for a spate of deadly wildfires that rocked California in 2017, but now the state’s largest utility is facing the possibility of bankruptcy after investigators found it responsible. Raging wildfires devastated Northern California in October 2017. Enhanced by high winds, the fires ultimately killed […]

The 2018 Wildfire Season Is On Track To Be As Bad AS Last Year’s, US Forest Chief Says

The 2018 Wildfire Season Is On Track To Be As Bad AS Last Year’s, US Forest Chief Says

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter Wildfires this year are burning acreage at a rate on par with last year’s historic fire season, during which the federal government spent a record $2.9 billion on fire suppression, according to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) interim chief Victoria Christiansen. Christiansen sat before the House Subcommittee on Federal Lands, a […]

Pleasant Valley Wildfire Forces Evacuations

Pleasant Valley Wildfire Forces Evacuations

Several fire agencies responded to the wildfire that broke out Sunday afternoon near Pleasant Valley campgrounds in Inyo County, California, and reportedly spread to around 100 acres. In a news …

Southern California Wildfire Triggers High Risk Of Flash Floods: National Weather Service

Southern California Wildfire Triggers High Risk Of Flash Floods: National Weather Service

Burn scars in the wildfire scorched region of Southern California has elevated the risk of flash flooding and debris flow, said the National Weather Service. According to the NWS, rain water …

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