Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Blazing battles

Wildfire risk for California to rise six-fold, study says

A firefighting crew moves to higher ground while battling the Poinsettia blaze in Carlsbad on May 14. HAYNE PALMOUR IV / San Diego Union-Tribune

Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune

As wildfires have ravaged parts of drought-stricken California in recent years, scientists have largely shied away from linking each blaze to climate change. Now, the authors of a new study said global warming has already made extreme fires more likely from San Diego to Eureka — and they believe the trend will worsen significantly in coming decades. Climate change will steadily amplify the risk of wildfires in California by six-fold, according to the study.

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Fire damage: Cleanup crews race against rain

Sacramento Bee

Northern California counties hit hard by wildfires this fall now find themselves racing against time to clean debris and shore up hillsides as winter rains set in. Mudslides and flash floods are now the main fear. Calaveras County, where the Butte fire denuded 71,000 acres, faces the same concerns, as do Placer and El Dorado counties, where the 2014 King fire burned 98,000 acres.

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Death Valley gears up for 'a long, hard recovery'

Los Angeles Times

It's not unusual for thunderstorms to drench Death Valley this time of year, but this October was different. The park was hammered by back-to-back storms, followed by a powerful system that dropped nearly 3 inches of rain in five hours, triggering a 1,000-year flood event that battered historic structures, chewed through roadways and altered the rugged landscape with layers of mud and rocks.

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