For several awful days in early September, it seemed like the entire West was burning. Unusually high winds coming off the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains fanned the flames of dozens of new wildfires that touched off from Washington to Mexico. In California alone, nearly a million acres burned in the period between September 7 and September 10.
By Sunday night, the Zogg Fire in Shasta County and the Glass Fire in Napa County had burned nearly 10,000 acres after being confirmed to have started earlier that day. A CNN report filed Monday states that—according to Sunday night estimates—the Zogg Fire had burned 7,000 acres while the Glass Fire had burned 2,500 acres. Continue reading 2 New Wildfires in California Burn Almost 10,000 Acres in a Single Day
The world’s collective forests have become shorter and younger overall in the past 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Science on Friday. This means that forests have less capacity to remove carbon from the atmosphere and are less hospitable to the many species that rely on them for shelter. Oh, and it’s going to get worse. Continue reading Trees are Getting Shorter and Younger
After nearly two months, the largest wildfire in California history has finally been put out. The Ranch Fire can now officially take its place in the record books, having burned a grand total of 459, 123 acres. Continue reading The Largest Wildfire in California’s History Is Finally Out