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    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A massive fire sparked at a metal recycling center in downtown Sacramento on Thursday and caused nearby businesses to evacuate, the Sacramento Fire Department said. Fire officials said a pile of metal was on fire at Sims Metal Management at 130 N. 12th Street and no structures were involved. No injuries were reported either. A big plume of smoke could be seen in the sky, just east of Railyards Boulevard near Loaves and Fishes. The fire was reported at around 3:20 p.m., Sacramento Fire said. #BREAKING massive fire in Sacramento River district at Sim’s Metal Management. Nearby businesses being evacuated. pic.twitter.com/IZDtd6Tlq4 — stevelarge (@largesteven) September 24, 2020 Details on what caused the fire are unknown at...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE dismissed evidence pointed to by California's governor of climate change's role in the state's continuing wildfires during a Fox News interview on Sunday, blaming the problem once again on poor management of state forests. The president spoke during the interview with radio host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinBarr: The left 'believes in tearing down the system' Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon MORE about his recent meeting with Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia...
    Steven C. Beda September 20, 2020 2:26AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. What is driving the wildfires that are ravaging California, Oregon and Washington? President Trump and state officials have offered sharply different views. Trump asserts that Western states haven't done enough logging and brush clearance, allowing fuels to build up in forests. "When trees fall down after a short period of time, about 18 months, they become very dry. They become really like a matchstick … you know, there's no more water pouring through and they become very, very — they just explode," Trump stated in California on Sept. 14. : California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other West Coast leaders, many of whom are...
    SALINAS — An estimated $2 million in permit fees will be waived for property owners seeking to rebuild homes and other structures in the wake of the trio of wildfires that devastated rural areas of Monterey County. As part of fire recovery guidelines approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, all permit fees will be waived for permitted structures when rebuilding applications are filed, and an expedited ministerial review and approval process will be used. While rebuilding for unpermitted structures will require the usual county permit process including compliance with all regulatory requirements, fees will be waived upfront for them too, although the county will eventually charge the fees. The county also plans to seek reimbursement of permit fees...
    Dr. Bob Zybach, a fire expert who predicted an uptick in wildfires, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about land management issues, why he believes liberal policies are contributing to wildfires and more. Nearly 79 large wildfires continue to burn throughout the west, killing at least 35 people, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Climate activists have blamed the blaze on climate change; however, fire expert Dr. Bob Zybach believes it due to poor land management. Zybach, who is the author of “The Great Fires: Indian Burning and Catastrophic Forest Fire Patterns of the Oregon Coast Range, 1491-1951,” recently said “the lack of active land management is almost 100 percent the cause,” and not climate change, according to a...
    Sonali Kolhatkar September 17, 2020 6:05AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Independent Media Institute. In more than 20 years of living in Southern California, I have never been in a potential fire evacuation zone—until now. The entire state is seemingly on fire with a record-breaking 2 million acres already burned this year alone, with months to go before the end of fire season. The situation is so dire that the state's fire officials are warning they "simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire." Fires are burning from the northern-most part of the state down to the border with Mexico, and tens of thousands of Californians are under evacuation orders. While fire is normal in...
    The clash between Donald Trump and Joe Biden over the roots of the West’s apocalyptic fire season has missed the crucial point – perhaps because neither candidate is targeting the solidly Democratic Pacific Coast. Biden justly called Trump a “climate arsonist,” after four years of desperate efforts to accelerate climate change and convince the American people to ignore its threats. Trump is wrong to blame state forest management policies for the fires. But a major source of the conflagration was a misguided national century of treating fire, not fuel, as the enemy in the arid West, so arguably the president is stumbling around an important reality. But while climate change is igniting the great burn, and fire suppression is fueling it, communities faced with flames need investments that protect...
    Carl Pope September 16, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) The clash between Donald Trump and Jo Biden over the roots of the West's apocalyptic fire season has missed the crucial point – perhaps because neither candidate is targeting the solidly Democratic Pacific Coast. Biden justly called Trump a "climate arsonist," after four years of desperate efforts to accelerate climate change and convince the American people to ignore its threats. Trump is wrong to blame state forest management policies for the fires. But a major source of the conflagration was a misguided national century of treating fire, not fuel, as the enemy in the arid West, so arguably the president is stumbling around an important reality.  : But while climate change is igniting the great burn, and fire suppression...
    Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday that 10 people have died from wildfires in the state and thousands more homes have burned. The news was confirmed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner, Brown said. The 10 died from the Beachie Creek and Holiday Farm Fires in western Oregon, the Almeda Drive Fire in southern Oregon, and the White River Fire in Wasco County, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management reported. Oregon was approved for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant last week, but Brown said on Monday she has asked President Donald Trump to declare a Major Emergency Declaration in the state. A Major Emergency Declaration would free up more federal money for long-term relief programs...
    In more than 20 years of living in Southern California, I have never been in a potential fire evacuation zone—until now. The entire state is seemingly on fire with a record-breaking 2 million acres already burned this year alone, with months to go before the end of fire season. The situation is so dire that the state’s fire officials are warning they “simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire.” Fires are burning from the northern-most part of the state down to the border with Mexico, and tens of thousands of Californians are under evacuation orders. While fire is normal in California, the sort of out-of-control wildfires that spread rapidly and burn ferociously every few weeks are...
    President Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday traded rare compliments at a briefing on wildfires while agreeing to disagree on whether global warming is a contributing cause. Newsom, a Democrat, and Trump committed to improving forest management and to avoiding a clash on whether climate change caused by fossil fuels is responsible, as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in a speech Monday and Newsom has often repeated. The governor, who earlier this year lavished praise on Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hailed Trump’s emergency management orders that freed federal funds to fight fires. “The major disaster declaration which you referenced, on Aug. 22 … was profoundly significant, not only to help us support our mutual aid...
    President Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday traded rare compliments at a briefing on wildfires while agreeing to disagree on whether global warming is a contributing cause. Newsom, a Democrat, and Trump committed to improving forest management and to avoiding a clash on whether climate change caused by fossil fuels is responsible, as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in a speech Monday and Newsom has often repeated. The governor, who earlier this year lavished praise on Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hailed Trump’s emergency management orders that freed federal funds to fight fires. “The major disaster declaration which you referenced, on Aug. 22 … was profoundly significant, not only to help us support our mutual aid...
    (CNN)For weeks, President Donald Trump was largely silent on the wildfires that have charred more than 3.3 million acres in California, triggered Oregon officials to prepare for a potential "mass fatality incident," and created apocalyptic orange skies and clouds raining ash that have drifted across cities throughout the West Coast. But on Monday, Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will both address the fires, from opposite coasts, and in so doing, highlight a climate change debate that is likely to play out throughout the campaign. While Trump will likely continue talking about the need for forest management on his visit to California, Biden will be in Delaware, where his campaign said he will speak about the threats that "extreme...
    Aaron Cleys holds a jug of water he was using to douse hot spots at a home destroyed by the the Riverside Fire on Friday, in Estacada, Ore. AP Photo/John Locher For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Over the past week, 19 people have died in massive wildfires ravaging the West Coast. In total, at least 26 have died this year. Now, tens of thousands are facing evacuation orders in Oregon due to encroaching fires (the exact number remains unclear, reports the Oregonian). There are now almost 70 active fires in the area, generating the worst air quality of any region in the world right now, across areas including...
    CARMEL — Upon the outbreak of COVID-19 across the United States, Andy Bozzo, fire captain for the Contra Costa Fire Protection District, sat down with his family in their Carmel Woods home and, together, they made the difficult decision that Dad, as a front-line responder, couldn’t come home. For the first seven weeks of the shelter-in-place order, when Bozzo came back to Carmel between shifts, he stayed next door, in the home provided by absentee neighbors. Once he had showered, put on fresh clothes and a mask, he joined his family for dinner, six feet apart, and then returned to the neighbors’ house for the night. “At first, we were really vigilant,” said wife Molly Bozzo. “With two teens at...
    SAN JOSE – A new wildfire research center is opening Tuesday at San Jose State University, university officials announced. The Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center, which will be housed in the SJSU College of Science, is intended to serve as the leading institution in California and provide modern research on wildfire science and management. “In just the past few years, wildfires have scorched California’s landscape, burning millions of acres, injuring and killing hundreds of people and causing billions of dollars in damages. Dealing with this challenge requires interdisciplinary solutions,” said College of Science dean Michael Kaufman. “The advanced wildfire research enabled by this new center is needed now more than ever before.” The new center, staffed with five new tenure-track faculty...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A new wildfire research center opened Tuesday at San Jose State University, university officials announced. The Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center, housed in the SJSU College of Science, intends to serve as the leading institution in California and provide modern research on wildfire science and management. “In just the past few years, wildfires have scorched California’s landscape, burning millions of acres, injuring and killing hundreds of people and causing billions of dollars in damages. Dealing with this challenge requires interdisciplinary solutions,” said College of Science dean Michael Kaufman. “The advanced wildfire research enabled by this new center is needed now more than ever before.” The new center, staffed with five new tenure-track faculty members and millions...
    President Donald Trump and his administration have long advocated for better forest management to prevent the deadly wildfires that plague the western United States year after year but environmentalists have made it a mission to block these efforts. But now the United States Forest Service and Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom have reached agreement on a $1 billion plan to clear vegetation that fuels fires on one million acres annually by 2025, with a plan on how to do that in place in 2021. The plan also includes restoring wetlands. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the partnership: The plan, called Shared Stewardship of California’s Forest and Rangelands, is the first major attempt by the state and federal governments to jointly...
    A pre-dawn blaze at a waste management company in Closter sent an employee to the hospital for observation, responders said. The fire broke out in the Interstate Waste Services garbage bays on Railroad Avenue shortly after 4 a.m. The employee was brought to Hackensack Meridian Health's Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood with an injury that wasn't considered life-threatening. Demarest firefighters joined their Closter colleagues, along with the Closer and Harrington Park volunteer ambulance companies. The fire broke out in the Interstate Waste Services garbage bays on Railroad Avenue in Closter shortly after 4 a.m.DAILY VOICE
    EASYJET’s under-fire boss has lost a humiliating vote of no confidence from his staff. Peter Bellew — forced to make two public apologies after bungled coronavirus comments — was targeted by pilots’ union Balpa as the airline bids to ditch 727 cockpit crew. 2Peter Bellew has lost a humiliating vote of no confidence from his staffCredit: AP:Associated Press 2Nearly 100 per cent of easyJet pilots said they have no confidence in the way the airline is operated An overwhelming 99.9 per cent of pilots said they had no confidence in Mr Bellew's management or the way the airline is operated. Unions accuse him of misjudging the pandemic’s start by criticising the “hype going on around the virus” and encouraging “business...
    DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - A lightning-caused wildfire in southwestern Colorado that has led to the evacuation of more than two dozen homes has grown to about 4.2 square miles (10.9 square kilometers). The fire started Saturday and was burning on private and U.S. Bureau of Land Management land about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Durango. Mandatory evacuation orders were in place Sunday and Monday for 23 homes in two subdivisions, plus more homes on Cherry Creek Road near the La Plata-Montezuma county line. Authorities closed U.S. Highway 160 between Hesperus and Mancos because of the fire but reopened it Monday evening. Fire crews focused Monday on preventing the fire from moving into Weber Canyon, a spokesperson for...