Wildfires

Members of Congress are demanding answers after a recent CapRadio/California Newsroom investigation revealed how the U.S.

from News Stories

A decade ago, about 200,000 Californians lived in areas where they were exposed to extreme smoke. By 2020, 4.5 million did.

from News Stories

California scientists are looking to beavers to help mitigate fire damage through a new program called the beaver restoration unit. Why are these animals so necessary?

Boosting beaver population could help CA fight climate change

California scientists are looking to beavers to help mitigate fire damage through a new program called the beaver restoration unit. Why are these animals so necessary?

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California is loaning ​​PG&E more than $1 billion to keep the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant running. The utility company’s equipment sparked the 2018 Camp Fire.

With more intense heat waves, what new risks could PG&E face?

California is loaning ​​PG&E more than $1 billion to keep the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant running. The utility company’s equipment sparked the 2018 Camp Fire.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The U.S. Forest Service knows it needs to set prescribed burns on thousands of acres in Big Bear every year. This year, it's only burned 20.

The window to protect Big Bear from wildfire is shrinking

The U.S. Forest Service knows it needs to set prescribed burns on thousands of acres in Big Bear every year. This year, it's only burned 20.

from Greater LA

A stalled U.S. Forest Service project could have protected Grizzly Flats, California, from Caldor Fire destruction.

Stalled US Forest Service project could have protected CA town from Caldor Fire destruction

A stalled U.S. Forest Service project could have protected Grizzly Flats, California, from Caldor Fire destruction.

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New research looks to save vineyard grapes that escaped wildfires but whose skin can be permeated by smoke.

Vineyards that escaped California wildfires find grapes permeated by smoke

New research looks to save vineyard grapes that escaped wildfires but whose skin can be permeated by smoke.

from Good Food

Yosemite’s Washburn Fire has scorched 3,000 acres. To stave off the worst damage, should California focus on putting out current fires or preventing them in the first place?

Best defense against worst wildfires? Low-intensity prescribed burns

Yosemite’s Washburn Fire has scorched 3,000 acres. To stave off the worst damage, should California focus on putting out current fires or preventing them in the first place?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

For formerly incarcerated people seeking firefighting jobs in the private sector, they can get help from the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program.

Formerly incarcerated firefighters find purpose in private sector, thanks to nonprofit

For formerly incarcerated people seeking firefighting jobs in the private sector, they can get help from the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program.

from Greater LA

The state committed $1.5 billion for wildfire prevention and forest health in 2021. The California Newsroom investigated how Cal Fire has been spending that money.

Cal Fire fumbles key responsibilities to prevent catastrophic wildfires despite historic budget

The state committed $1.5 billion for wildfire prevention and forest health in 2021. The California Newsroom investigated how Cal Fire has been spending that money.

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Cal Fire’s workforce endures PTSD, suicidal ideation, and endless work rotations. CalMatters has chronicled the agency’s mental health crisis.

How is Cal Fire handling mental health struggles among firefighters?

Cal Fire’s workforce endures PTSD, suicidal ideation, and endless work rotations. CalMatters has chronicled the agency’s mental health crisis.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Cal Fire faces a mental health crisis. As wildfires intensify, thousands of overworked California firefighters carry a heavy load of trauma, pain and grief.

Overworked California firefighters struggle with PTSD, suicide, fatigue, intensifying wildfires

Cal Fire faces a mental health crisis. As wildfires intensify, thousands of overworked California firefighters carry a heavy load of trauma, pain and grief.

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Paradise, CA, now has an inventory of new real estate after the 2018 Camp Fire devastated the town. People are moving back — or moving there for the first time.

Paradise touts housing boom, lush greenery after Camp Fire

Paradise, CA, now has an inventory of new real estate after the 2018 Camp Fire devastated the town. People are moving back — or moving there for the first time.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Wildfire-prone communities can earn better insurance coverage and discounts if they work to prevent wildfires. But it takes time and money that some poorer places don’t have.

Why wildfire insurance discounts are going to some rich communities

Wildfire-prone communities can earn better insurance coverage and discounts if they work to prevent wildfires. But it takes time and money that some poorer places don’t have.

from Greater LA

The U.S. Forest Service is struggling to hire enough firefighters to handle what’s expected to be a brutal wildfire season.

Firefighters are quitting en masse amid burnout, staff shortages

The U.S. Forest Service is struggling to hire enough firefighters to handle what’s expected to be a brutal wildfire season.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Nearly half of the 25 most polluted U.S. cities are in California, according to the American Lung Association What’s causing the poor air quality?

CA cities have worst air in US due to wildfires, cars clogging roads

Nearly half of the 25 most polluted U.S. cities are in California, according to the American Lung Association What’s causing the poor air quality?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

State officials have released a series of reports warning of extreme impacts from climate change, and making clear this is everyone's problem.

Wake-up call: 75% of SoCal beaches could disappear by 2050

State officials have released a series of reports warning of extreme impacts from climate change, and making clear this is everyone's problem.

from KCRW Features

LA Fire Department Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley has been tapped to become the next fire chief, which would make her the first woman to ever lead the LAFD.

LA nominates its first female fire chief amid cries of misogyny

LA Fire Department Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley has been tapped to become the next fire chief, which would make her the first woman to ever lead the LAFD.

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The federal government is giving California $600 million for forest restoration work, post-fire cleanup, and the removal of so-called hazard trees.

Can $600 million in federal funds help CA heal from wildfires?

The federal government is giving California $600 million for forest restoration work, post-fire cleanup, and the removal of so-called hazard trees.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This model relies on training volunteers and coordinating with local agencies.

Malibu’s ‘community brigades’: A new model for fighting wildfires?

This model relies on training volunteers and coordinating with local agencies.

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