Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

Explosive mix

Experts still aren't sure why, but catastrophic wildfires that devastated the north more typically occur in south

An aerial view of the fire-ravaged Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa. MARCUS YAN / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times & Inside Climate News

Block after block of tidy housing tracts reduced to heaps of ash. Death counts in the double digits. Homeowners numbly poking through the ruins of domestic life. California has seen this before. But the harrowing images of destruction usually come out of the south. The conditions that made the fires so destructive arose from this summer's record-breaking heat, which could continue to fuel fires across much of the West.

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Report on groundwater levels shows mixed results

Maven's Notebook

Although the 2017 water year was one of the wettest on record, its impact on groundwater levels across the state is varied, according to a DWR report issued Friday. Spring groundwater levels have mostly recovered, but most groundwater levels have not yet returned to pre-drought conditions. The deeper, more severely depleted groundwater basins will take years to recharge, the report says.

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Governor signs bill requiring lead tests in schools

KPBS San Diego

A bill that requires public schools to test for lead in campus water systems — and notify parents if elevated levels are found was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 746, introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, stemmed from the discovery of excess lead in drinking water at schools in the San Diego Unified and San Ysidro school districts.

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