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    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Tuesday extended its ongoing Spare the Air Alerts through Friday as the result of smoke from wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties. The Glass Fire, which began early Sunday morning in Napa Valley, had burned about 36,000 acres in the North Bay as of 6 p.m. Monday. Officials expect smoke from the fire to impact the air quality in the Bay Area through the end of the week. Residents are advised to stay inside with windows and doors closed, or visit a cooling center if inside temperatures become too hot. “Smoke from the Glass Fire will continue to impact the region throughout the week,” said Jack Broadbent,...
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- Thousands of people in Napa County and Sonoma County have been forced to evacuate because of the Glass Incident made up of three fires including the Shady, Boysen and Glass Fires.LIST: Wildfires in North Bay prompt evacuation orders & warnings in Napa, Sonoma countiesA homeowner in Santa Rosa, Patrick, decided to stay behind to try to save his property from the Shady Fire flames."I'm just trying to stop it from getting into my backyard basically," he said in an interview with ABC7 on Monday. "This is insane. I can't believe there's not a fire crew out here trying to stop this line. I know they're stretched thin, but man this has been an ongoing thing...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Just as the massive lightning complexes of August were just about contained in the Bay Area, a new wildfire is threatening communities in Napa and Sonoma counties -- areas all too familiar with the threat.LIVE UPDATES: 3 fires merge, now at 11,000 acres in Napa, Sonoma countiesThe Glass Fire started at 4 a.m. Sunday and began spreading at a dangerously high speed, fanned by high winds. Overnight Sunday into Monday morning, the Glass Fire spawned two new fires: the Boysen and Shady fires. According to CAL FIRE, those smaller fires have since merged with the Glass Fire, forming one incident.MAP: Track wildfires across San Francisco Bay Area, other parts of California with this interactive mapApp users: For...
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- Thousands of people in Napa County and Sonoma County have been forced to evacuate because of the Glass Incident made up of three fires including the Shady, Boysen and Glass Fires.LIST: Wildfires in North Bay prompt evacuation orders & warnings in Napa, Sonoma countiesA homeowner in Santa Rosa, Patrick, decided to stay behind to try to save his property from the Shady Fire flames."I'm just trying to stop it from getting into my backyard basically," he said in an interview with ABC7 on Monday. "This is insane. I can't believe there's not a fire crew out here trying to stop this line. I know they're stretched thin, but man this has been an ongoing thing...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Wildfire smoke from the Glass Fire in Napa County and expected smog has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to extend its Spare the Air Alert through Monday. Glass Fire burns above Silverado Trail Sunday afternoon, Sept. 27, 2020. (CBS) Air district officials said that smoke from the Glass Fire that broke out Sunday morning will have consequences for the North Bay. In addition, smoke combined with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust is expected to cause unhealthy smog accumulation in the Bay Area, mainly in the South and East Bay. The alert means it is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to burn wood or manufactured firelogs in fireplaces, woodstoves and...
    Mandatory evacuations ordered for St. Helena residents in the area of Deer Park Road to Crystal Springs Road due to wildfire. At least 20 acres have burned with a dangerous rate of spread, according to CAL FIRE.
    (CNN)More than 70 large, active fires continue to burn across the western US, and the weather forecast for the upcoming week will only make conditions worse.Drought, strong winds, dry vegetation and above average temperatures are expected across the fire-weary West.Elevated to critical fire weather conditions persist this weekend across much of the region, including the Sacramento Valley, portions of the northern Plains and the Four Corners region. "A ridiculously long-lasting upper ridge of high pressure will likely deliver 1-2 weeks of warm to hot and dry weather to the drought- and wildfire-stricken forecast area Sunday through the foreseeable future," the Medford, Oregon, National Weather Service says.Nine months into the year, more than 44,000 fires across the United States have burned...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Bay Area on Sunday due to wildfire smoke, high temps and smog. A #SparetheAir Alert has been issued for tmrw, 9/27. Wildfire smoke with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust are expected to cause unhealthy smog, or ozone. Protect your health by limiting outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. https://t.co/wbkYMspD80. pic.twitter.com/PTuQmXGGna— Spare The Air (@SpareTheAir) September 26, 2020App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowWhat are Spare the Air days?Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times throughout the year.Spare the Air Alerts are called when ozone pollution is forecast to reach...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Bay Area on Sunday due to wildfire smoke, high temps, and smog. A #SparetheAir Alert has been issued for tmrw, 9/27. Wildfire smoke with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust are expected to cause unhealthy smog, or ozone. Protect your health by limiting outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. https://t.co/wbkYMspD80. pic.twitter.com/PTuQmXGGna— Spare The Air (@SpareTheAir) September 26, 2020App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowWhat are Spare the Air days?Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times throughout the year.Spare the Air Alerts are called when ozone pollution is forecast to reach...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Spare the Air Alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Sunday due to wildfire smoke, hot inland temperatures and smog. A #SparetheAir Alert has been issued for tmrw, 9/27. Wildfire smoke with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust are expected to cause unhealthy smog, or ozone. Protect your health by limiting outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. https://t.co/wbkYMspD80. pic.twitter.com/PTuQmXGGna— Spare The Air (@SpareTheAir) September 26, 2020App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowWhat are Spare the Air days?Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times throughout the year.Spare the Air Alerts are called when ozone pollution is forecast...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Sunday due to wildfire smoke, hot inland temperatures and smog. A #SparetheAir Alert has been issued for tmrw, 9/27. Wildfire smoke with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust are expected to cause unhealthy smog, or ozone. Protect your health by limiting outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. https://t.co/wbkYMspD80. pic.twitter.com/PTuQmXGGna— Spare The Air (@SpareTheAir) September 26, 2020App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowWhat are Spare the Air days?Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times throughout the year.Spare the Air Alerts are called when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Track air quality levels where you live with the interactive map below.Track air quality levels where you live with Live Doppler 7 in the media player above and in the interactive map below.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowTake a look at the Latest AccuWeather forecast.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: Dramatic photos capture orange, hazy skies seen all across Bay Area BEFORE AND AFTER: DRONEVIEW7 captures shocking transition to orange San Francisco skies VIDEOS: Apocalyptic orange skies seen across Bay Area from wildfire smoke Purifiers and filters: Air quality experts...
    Reeling from the worst fire season in California’s history, 3 in 4 state voters say wildfires pose a greater threat today than ever before, yet they are divided sharply along party lines about what role climate change plays in the infernos, according to a new poll. The widespread belief that California’s wildfire threat is greater now than in years past was held by 74% of surveyed voters, and included majorities ofcoastal and inland voters, regardless of region, age, sex and political ideology, according to a poll performed by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies. “It’s a belief you don’t have to argue with people about, it’s really out there,” said Mark DiCamillo, a veteran pollster and institute director. Deep...
    (CNN) — Oregon, Washington and other areas of the West will get a welcome break from dry weather Thursday and Friday, with some rain in the forecast. But for the wildfire-weary, another bout of dry weather returns this weekend and could last weeks. Along with already dry fuel on the ground, the forecast will mean more hazardous fire conditions in a season that has already broken records. “A ridiculously long-lasting upper ridge of high pressure will likely deliver 1-2 weeks of warm to hot and dry weather to the drought- and wildfire-stricken forecast area Sunday through the foreseeable future,” the Medford, Oregon, National Weather Service says. This weather pattern will deliver dry air and scorching temperatures to the region. “This late-season ridge of...
    (CNN)Oregon, Washington and other areas of the West will get a welcome break from dry weather Thursday and Friday, with some rain in the forecast.But for the wildfire-weary, another bout of dry weather returns this weekend and could last weeks. Along with already dry fuel on the ground, the forecast will mean more hazardous fire conditions in a season that has already broken records.Wildfire-weary Californians, tired of this being normal, consider uprooting their lives"A ridiculously long-lasting upper ridge of high pressure will likely deliver 1-2 weeks of warm to hot and dry weather to the drought- and wildfire-stricken forecast area Sunday through the foreseeable future," the Medford, Oregon, National Weather Service says. This weather pattern will deliver dry air and...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – From Fort Worth to the front lines: a local firefighter describes the work at California’s largest wildfire. “Most of the fire we have not even seen,” said Fort Worth Fire Department Captain Cody Stillwell. Stillwell and seven other firefighters are part of the Strike 139 team helping battle the August Complex fire in Northern California. “There are firefighters here from all over the world – all over the country, Canada.” He says they work in 24-hour shifts, starting at 7:00 a.m. The shifts are long because it takes so long to reach their work site. Fort Worth firefighter team helping battle Northern California wildfire (credit: FWFD Instagram). “[You] can’t drive trucks everywhere because it’s up in...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After a clear couple of days, we are going to see a return of the smoke from the western wildfires. You may remember last week when the sky had a milky to orange hue and the sun had an odd appearance near sunrise and sunset. That was also smoke from the fires out west. (Photo Credit: Ray Petelin) The smoke this week doesn’t look to be as intense, but it will be seen in the upper levels, starting Tuesday afternoon and lasting to the end of the week, when we see the upper level wind patterns shift, clearing us out again. (Photo Credit: KDKA) The smoke is very high in the atmosphere, so it will not cause...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Just as the wildfire smoke leaves the Bay area, a dry offshore flow is expected to bring critical fire weather conditions across much of the region, says ABC7 News meteorologist Lisa Argen."It's the last day of summer and we are getting into a cooling trend beginning today, that's the good news," said Argen. "A stronger onshore flow will allow for some better air quality."But by the end of the week, more drying winds are expected out of the north northeast.Argen's AccuWeather forecast shows temperatures will continue to climb on Saturday and Sunday, "maybe 15 to 20 degrees above average and that means the hills of the North and East Bay could see gusty offshore winds with...
    It wouldn’t take much for the remote Mendocino County town of Covelo to be cut off completely from the rest of the world. “There’s one paved road, one power line, one phone line and one cell tower,” said longtime resident Lew Chichester, one of the founders of the town’s all-volunteer radio station, KYBU Round Valley Radio. “There are also no fire hydrants here, because there’s no water system and everybody’s on a well.” So when the August Complex Fire (now the largest wildfire in California history) began inching closer and closer to Round Valley this month, the community understandably grew worried. And their worry turned into panic last week when the skies suddenly turned “dark as night,” prompting Chichester to...
    Jesse Vasquez, of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, hoses down hot spots from the Bobcat Fire on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Valyermo, Calif. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez The Bobcat Fire is one of the largest in the history of Los Angeles County, having burned over 91,000 acres as of Sunday morning. The fire, in the San Gabriel Mountains outside the city of Los Angeles, has doubled in size over the past week. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Bobcat wildfire is continuing to torch the San Gabriel Mountains and push further west toward more populated areas of Los Angeles County, the US Forest Service said Sunday....
            by James Anderson and Matthew Brown  Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire, California’s state firefighting agency, said he’s lost track of the blazes he’s fought this year. He and his crew have sometimes been on duty for 64 hours at a stretch, their only rest coming in 20-minute catnaps. This selfie provided by Justin Silvera shows Silvera, a battalion chief with Cal Fire, after completing a grueling 36 days battling California...
    (CNN)A firefighter has been killed in the El Dorado Fire, the blaze sparked this month by a botched gender reveal party, according to the San Bernardino National Forest Service.The firefighter was killed Thursday, the forest service said in a brief statement. The cause of death is under investigation, it said, and the firefighter's identity was withheld pending the notification of next of kin."Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters during this time," the forest service said in a brief statement on Twitter. A helicopter prepares to drop water at a wildfire in Yucaipa, California, on September 5.The El Dorado Fire was started by a "smoke-generating pyrotechnic device" used at a party over Labor Day weekend...
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Forest Service: A firefighter died battling a wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest in California. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Across the West, wildfires are raging. They have already tragically claimed at least 26 lives and displaced thousands more. As I write this, dozens of American cities are dealing with the world’s worst air quality, suffering through a thick haze of post-apocalyptic smoke. Unfortunately, this is nothing new. Six million acres have burned to date. In 2018, it was 7 million. In 2017, it was 8 million. 2015, nearly 9 million. VideoTwo factors are driving these infernos: rising temperatures and widespread, systemic mismanagement of our forests. CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS FACE 'WALL OF FLAMES' IN DRAMATIC VIDEO, 250 MARINES AND SAILORS TO BATTLE CREEK FIRE Unfortunately, Congress continues arguing about the cause without ever implementing a solution. Mitigating climate change is a...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- An unprecedented number of natural disasters this year have left Red Cross resources razor thin.From the west coast wildfires to back to back hurricanes in the south, volunteers from Illinois are spread out all over the map.Celena Roldan, CEO of the American Red Cross in Illinois, joined ABC7 Chicago to emphasize the need for more volunteers.Roldan said the American Red Cross has helped tens of thousands of people whose lives have been impacted by massive disasters across the country.She said anybody can be a volunteer but be prepared to take time to deploy to the disaster sites.They are looking for people with a variety of skill sets, including those who can deploy virtually as well.The Red Cross...
    Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee thought he was helping victims of wildfires when he handed out apples to people in 3 Washington counties, but it turns out he was bringing apples that had tested positive for maggot larvae into a pest-free zone. It’s illegal to bring fruit that is under “apple quarantine” into a pest-free zone, according to the state’s Department of Agriculture. Bridgeport, Malden, and Omak, the towns where Inslee gifted the apples, all have an abundance of orchards that are pest-free zones, Fox News reported. The apples that he had given to a retirement home in Omak tested positive for maggot larvae, and officials in Douglas County are now trying to track down the rest of the apples...
    On Aug. 19, before wildfires destroyed entire communities in Oregon and cast a pall of smoke over wide swaths of the country, California ordered the residents of Bonny Doon, a mountain community north of Santa Cruz, to evacuate.  The CZU Lightning Complex Fires, today the state’s second most destructive wildfire on record, were spreading rapidly through their region. But Bonny Doon local and tech ethics researcher Jacob Metcalf doubted authorities would end up sending enough people to save his and his neighbors’ homes.  He wasn’t completely off base. Thanks to the pandemic, California was undermanned heading into what’s turned out to be its worst fire year on record, and officials have been faced with difficult choices about how and when...
    Nicole Karlis September 16, 2020 11:27PM (UTC) Do-it-yourself culture usually involves hobbyists tinkering around as a means of creating a fun diversion: Making jam, knitting, or building furniture, perhaps. But as the West Coast chokes in apocalyptic wildfire smoke, a more dystopian hobbyist project has been gaining traction. Meet the DIY air purifier. : Google searches for "DIY air purifier" skyrocketed in the last month, a majority of them from California, Oregon and Washington. Search the hashtag #diyairpurifier on Instagram and Twitter, and you'll find photos of hacked-together box fans and filtration tools. Unlike baking your own bread, building your own air purifier is a project many are turning to as a means of survival, as the air quality index (AQI) has lingered in the "hazardous" range...
    Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire, California’s state firefighting agency, said he’s lost track of the blazes he’s fought this year. He and his crew have sometimes been on duty for 64 hours at a stretch, their only rest coming in 20-minute catnaps. “I’ve been at this 23 years and by far this is the worst I’ve seen,” Silvera said before bunking down at a motel for 24 hours. After working in Santa Cruz County, his next...
    (CNN)Flames from a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest outside of Los Angeles came within 500 feet of the Mount Wilson Observatory, the historic astronomic viewpoint where Edwin Hubble explored the universe.Firefighters were in place to defend the structure from the flames, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday."The Bobcat Fire is within 500 ft of the Mt. Wilson Observatory & crews are in place ready to receive the fire," forest officials said in a tweet Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. local time. "Strategic firing is taking place in the south where air operations are strengthening dozerlines."Creating "dozerlines" is a firefighting technique in which bulldozers remove plants and other flammable material to leave a line of bare soil and stop the fire...
    This year’s west coast wildfire season is breathtaking in its scope and its destruction. More than 3.2 million acres have burned in California since the start of 2020; in Oregon, nearly 900,000 acres have burned in the recent series of fires, and five towns completely destroyed. To put that number in perspective: Oregon in the past decade usually would only see 500,000 acres destroyed by wildfires over the span of an entire year. Aside from the deaths and property destruction caused by these fires, their toxic smoke waves have wrought a secondary destruction on the economies and health of citizens who live in any of the nearby major cities, from Vancouver B.C. to San Diego. The extent and volume of smoke is so great that it blew over the...
    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The splitting headaches began when smoke from wildfires rolled in around Tim Hunt's suburban Seattle home. Next came a debilitating fatigue. As deadly wildfires rage across the U.S. West, Hunt and others are struggling with some of the world's worst air pollution. "I get out of bed to eat and drink water, and go back to bed," said the 64-year-old retired software engineer, who suffered lung damage in 2017 from a bad case of the flu. "It’s like there’s not enough oxygen in the air." Enormous plumes of ash and smoke have spread from the region, where nearly 5 million acres were ablaze on Tuesday, compounding the public health crisis of the coronavirus...
    Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire, California’s state firefighting agency, said he’s lost track of the blazes he’s fought this year. He and his crew have sometimes been on duty for 64 hours at a stretch, their only rest coming in 20-minute catnaps. “I’ve been at this 23 years, and by far this is the worst I’ve seen,” Silvera said before bunking down at a motel for 24 hours. After working in Santa Cruz County, his next...
    By JAMES ANDERSON and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire, California’s state firefighting agency, said he’s lost track of the blazes he’s fought this year. He and his crew have sometimes been on duty for 64 hours at a stretch, their only rest coming in 20-minute catnaps. “I’ve been at this 23 years, and by far this is the worst I’ve seen,” Silvera said before bunking down at a motel for 24 hours....
    Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire, California’s state firefighting agency, said he’s lost track of the blazes he’s fought this year. He and his crew have sometimes been on duty for 64 hours at a stretch, their only rest coming in 20-minute catnaps. “I’ve been at this 23 years, and by far this is the worst I’ve seen,” Silvera said before bunking down at a motel for 24 hours. After working in Santa Cruz County, his next...
    LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, who is the county’s fire warden, says Coloradans need to reevaluate the way we manage forests and prepare them for the threat of fires. Smith said, recently, the state has focused primarily on fire suppression, rather than also prioritizing mitigation efforts. (credit: CBS) Fires thrive, in general, on oxygen, heat and fuel. While it may be difficult to manage the weather and oxygen levels in the Rocky Mountains, Smith said humans can manage the abundance of fuels. For years now Smith, and other Colorado fire experts, have feared the potential for a devastating fire in the Larimer County mountains. Smith said the Cameron Peak Fire quickly became the blaze they...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California is dealing with some of the worst air quality on the planet as the Bay Area continues its record-breaking Spare the Air streak with smoke from wildfires blowing over the region, according to ABC7 News meteorologist Mike Nicco.RELATED: West Coast air quality is so bad, you have to drive past Las Vegas to breathe clean air"We had the distinction once again, over the weekend and through this morning, of having some of the worst air quality in the world," said Nicco. We woke up with very unhealthy air in San Francisco."Maps and apps like AirNow, PurpleAir, and IQAir show how bad the air is outside.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the...
    PORTLAND—When Lucy Francisco of Medford, Oregon, learned that the Almeda fire had burned through two small towns and was racing toward her city, she didn’t wait to be evacuated.  She knew what to pack. She had a list on her phone, which she’d gone through again and again over the years. She and her husband grabbed their two young children, jumped in the car, and headed north. “It was so smoky, I was literally crying, so scared we were driving into another fire,” Francisco told The Daily Beast.  They were: Fires outside of Eugene were blocking their path. So they pivoted for the coast. As the small family slept by the dunes in their car a few hours later, the...
    President Trump on Saturday mocked his Democratic rival Joe Biden for ‘sleeping in his basement’ while he is making stops in the Western United States, including in fire-ravaged California as well as hotly contested electoral states like Nevada. ‘Once again, Sleepy Joe told the press they could go home at 9 A.M.,’ Trump tweeted on Saturday. ‘Meanwhile, your Favorite President, me, will go to Reno, Nevada tonight, three stops in Las Vegas tomorrow, with California and Arizona on schedule Monday. ‘Don’t worry, we won’t be taking off Tuesday, either!’ President Trump (left) on Saturday mocked his Democratic rival Joe Biden (seen right with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden) for ‘sleeping in his basement’ while he is making stops...
    California, in the middle of a 20-year drought, is battling more than two dozen wildfires, including three of its five largest ever. Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency, reported Thursday that firefighters were battling 28 major fires across the state and more than 3.1 million acres have burned this year. The sky on much of the West Coast has been painted an eerie burnt orange, and flames have left entire towns in dust. Democrats lay blame on climate change. “Mother earth is angry, she is telling us. Whether she’s telling us with hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, fires in the West, whatever it is, the climate crisis is real,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week on MSNBC. “If anyone...
    A WILDFIRE which was caused by a firework at a gender reveal party in California El Dorado last week is continuing its deadly blaze. Fire chiefs said the devastating blaze which has torched more than 13,000-acres of land in California was triggered by a "smoke-generating pyrotechnic device." 4 A firefighter puts out a hot spot along Highway 38 northwest of Forrest Falls, Calif., as the El Dorado Fire continues to burnCredit: AP:Associated Press 4 Downtown Los Angeles is shrouded in smokeCredit: AP:Associated Press 4 What has happened so far?  The fire started at a party last Saturday morning in El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. Only 31% of the fire has been contained...
    The Hoxton's Downtown Los Angeles location has opened its doors to wildlife evacuees. The Hoxton Wildfires have ravaged the West Coast in recent weeks, causing nearly 30,000 people in Northern California and 40,000 in Oregon to evacuate. The Hoxton, a luxury hotel chain, is responding by giving people living in mandatory evacuation zones a free place to call home at their West Coast locations. People who are impacted by the wildfires but who aren't in mandatory evacuation zones can get a 50% discounted rate at the hotel, a representative for The Hoxton Downtown LA told Insider. Evacuees in need can email The Hoxton's locations in LA and Portland, Oregon, with a proof of address. Visit Insider's homepage for...
    A 13-year-old boy who was killed in an Oregon wildfire this week died after huddling in a car with his dog to try to escape the flames.  Wyatt Tofte died Tuesday in the Santiam Fire in Marion County, along with his 71-year-old grandmother, Peggy Mosso. Their devastated family broke their silence to tell how the teenager's parents desperately searched for their son as the flames ripped through the neighborhood where they lived.   At least 29 people have been killed in the devastating wildfires that continue to ravage the West Coast with Oregon officials bracing for a 'mass fatality event' after 10 percent of the population has been forced to flee their homes and two large blazes threaten to merge around...
    (CNN)At least 26 people have been killed in a devastating fire season across the West Coast. Dozens more are missing, officials say, and hundreds have lost their homes in the massive infernos that torched millions of acres."You just never believe it's all going to go up in flames," one southern Oregon resident told CNN affiliate KOBI. "It's a lot to handle."The victims include a 1-year-old boy in Washington state and a teen in Oregon, who in his last moments huddled his dog inside a car that was engulfed in flames. Inmates who battle wildfires in California to get better chance at post-prison firefighter jobsAs wildfires rage, the air quality across the US West has dipped to unhealthy levels that...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), without evidence, declared Friday that the ongoing wildfires in his state prove the science surrounding global warming is now officially settled. “The debate is over around climate change. Just come to the state of California, observe it with your own eyes,” a grinning Newsom told reporters while touring the fire-ravaged North Complex near Oroville. “It’s not an intellectual debate, it’s not even debatable.” CA Gov. Gavin Newsom: "The debate is OVER around climate change." pic.twitter.com/ATFQQWOpsa — The Hill (@thehill) September 11, 2020 “We’re in the midst of a climate emergency, we’re in the midst of a climate crisis,” he continued. “We’re experiences weather conditions the likes of which we’ve never experienced in our lifetime. We’re...
    Smoke pollution from wildfires raging in California and across the Pacific Northwest worsened in San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, on Friday, giving those cities and others in the region the worst air quality in the world, according to IQAir.com. Public health officials warned residents to keep indoors with the windows shut, to set air conditioners to run on recirculated air instead of fresh, and to use air purifiers if they had them. Meanwhile, they wrestled with whether to open “smoke shelters” for homeless people or others lacking access to clean air amid the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about herding people indoors. “The same population that is most vulnerable to the virus is also most vulnerable to the smoke,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan noted...
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday afternoon to reform California's inmate firefighter program."Inmates who have stood on the frontlines, battling historic fires should not be denied the right to later become a professional firefighter," Gov. Newsom said on Twitter after signing the assembly bill into law. CA’s inmate firefighter program is decades-old and has long needed reform.Inmates who have stood on the frontlines, battling historic fires should not be denied the right to later become a professional firefighter.Today, I signed #AB2147 that will fix that. pic.twitter.com/15GJ7Gijt7— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 11, 2020CAL FIRE trains minimum security prison inmates and pays them $1 per hour while in the field and $2 per day when they're not...
    About a dozen wildfires have been ripping through Colorado for weeks, with only half of them 100% contained as of Friday. The Cameron Peak Fire and the Pine Gulch Fire have been particularly devastating, leaving a trail of destroyed property and singed mountaintops in the northern and western parts of the state. Before and after photos show the extent of the destruction. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Like California, Oregon, and Washington, Colorado is suffering a disastrous and damaging wildfire season. As of September 11, there were 12 wildfires ripping through the state, with half of them fully contained and being monitored. The largest wildfire in the state's history, the Pine Gulch Fire north of Grand Junction,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A record-breaking heat wave combined with thousands of lightning strikes has sparked hundreds of wildfires around Northern California, burning homes and prompting evacuations.BAY AREA WILDFIRES: The latest on evacuation orders, road closures, containment numbersLIVE: Track air quality levels impacted by smoke from San Francisco Bay Area wildfiresHere are the latest developments on the blazes in the Bay Area.Sept. 10, 202012p.m.Spare the Air Alert extended through Monday due to smoke from Bay Area and West Coast wildfires. Check out our midday forecast on air quality here.10a.m.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services closed todayU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) San Francisco Field Office and three Application Support Centers are closed for in-person services on Friday Sept. 11. Application Support...
    The first named victim of a devastating California wildfire that has so far killed 10 has been identified as a 16-year-old student who was 'supposed to leave with his brother' but couldn't escape the flames.  Josiah Williams, 16, died in the North Complex fire that ripped through the community of Berry Creek in Butte County, California, this week. His devastated family broke their silence to announce his death after several fraught days searching for the teen culminated in the discovery of his body.   This comes as the West Coast continues to be ravaged by almost 100 major wildfires that have scorched almost 4.4 million acres and killed at least 23 across 12 states.     The North Complex fire is now California's deadliest...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- While the Bay Area is dealing with "unhealthy" to "very unhealthy" air quality Friday, ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco says relief in coming after a record 25 straight days of Spare the Air alerts.LIVE: Track air quality levels impacted wildfire smoke"There is no good time to be outside and escape the bad air today. It will be a day without sunshine," said Nicco. "We are going to breathe easier as we get into the weekend."The Bay Area's air quality will be in the "moderate" range on Saturday with a little bit of smoke out there.The focus is on Sunday afternoon when "the sea breeze kicks in and a new pattern develops and pushes all that smoke...
    A wildfire burning in Northern California is now the state's largest on record, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (Cal Fire). Not only is that blaze currently ravaging the region, but six of the 20 largest wildfires in California history are also burning.  Cal Fire shared a graphic on Twitter listing California's 20 biggest wildfires. The August Complex fire, which has burned across several counties, tops the list. The fire originated as 37 separate ones in the Mendocino National Forest, according to the Associated Press. They were sparked by thousands of lightning strikes that hit California in August.  The August Complex has since burned more than 471,000 acres and was 24% contained as of Thursday morning. Get...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Bay Area is now experiencing the worst air quality in the record-breaking string of Spare the Air days. The region has now entered the "purple" zone with residents advised to stay indoors as much as possible.The San Francisco skyline has been encased in gray, the East Shore freeway almost invisible though the haze, and only a few miles of visibility from San Francisco International Airport - This has become yet another new "normal."RELATED: Bay Area's orange skies give way to gray haze, but poor air quality increases health risksSatellite images show a blanket of smoke covering most of California, as the Bay Area sees its longest string of Spare the Air days in a row.Friday...
    The Bobcat fire continues to burn in the Angeles National Forest, north of Azusa as of Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10. The fire was reported at 12:22 a.m. Sunday near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area. Related Articles Seven new deaths reported in Butte County wildfire Historic California wildfire siege hits 3 million acres, though weather improves Bay Area smoke: To breathe safely, stay inside and don’t count on masks Map: El Dorado Fire evacuations near Big Bear after flames jump Highway 38 Orange glow turns dark and gray as Bay Area air quality worsens
    Nicole Karlis September 10, 2020 11:48PM (UTC) Surreal photos of apocalyptic red skies and horror stories of entire towns being destroyed attest to the hellacious wildfire season gripping the West Coast. According to the California's fire agency, Cal Fire, there are 29 major fires burning across the state as of Thursday, and more than 3.1 million acres have burned so far this year. There have been 12 fatalities and over 3,900 structures destroyed in California. Cal Fire states that this season has been "record-breaking," not only because of the total amount of acres burned, but because six of the top 20 wildfires in Californian history have now happened this year. : In Oregon, nearly 900,000 acres burned across the state recently,...
     DENVER(CBS4)- Our recent blast of cold, wet weather has done wonders for improving the air quality over Colorado. Credit(CBS4) In fact, air quality is now in the GOOD category with visibility limited by moisture in the air. Not smoke! Credit(CBS4) However, that may change as we head into the weekend. The big blast of heavy snow and rain over the Cameron Peak fire slowed the burn down but, did not extinguish the huge fire. And with the current low pressure area spinning over Colorado pulling out on Friday, the door will be opened for more westerly winds to move in. Smoke in the air made for a strange sunset on Monday in Boulder County. (credit: CBS) As a result, the smoke...
    The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 11 a.m. CASPER, Wyo. — Park officials say a fire in Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park has grown to 5 square miles. The national park said in a statement Wednesday that hard frosts at night have killed plants and trees, which will aid the fire’s growth. The so-called Lone Star Fire started on Aug. 22. Officials say it is expected to be contained by Oct. 30. Firefighters are cutting down trees and heavy vegetation in the area to protect power lines, historic buildings and communication equipment. ___ 10:25 a.m. SPOKANE, Wash. — The parents of a 1-year-old boy who died in a northern Washington state...
    The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 10:25 a.m. SPOKANE, Wash. — The parents of a 1-year-old boy who died in a northern Washington state wildfire remained in critical condition Thursday in a Seattle hospital. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said the boy died after his family was apparently overrun by flames while trying to flee the giant Cold Springs Fire this week. It was the state’s first death of this wildfire season. Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that he and his wife were heartbroken to hear about the child's death. Hawly said the family from the Seattle suburb of Renton was discovered by searchers Wednesday morning along the banks of the Columbia River. He said...
    The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 10:25 a.m. SPOKANE, Wash. — The parents of a 1-year-old boy who died in a northern Washington state wildfire remained in critical condition Thursday in a Seattle hospital. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said the boy died after his family was apparently overrun by flames while trying to flee the giant Cold Springs Fire this week. It was the state’s first death of this wildfire season. Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that he and his wife were heartbroken to hear about the child’s death. Hawly said the family from the Seattle suburb of Renton was discovered by searchers Wednesday morning along the banks of the Columbia River. He...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The sky over the Bay Area is a lot less orange Thursday morning, but that's not necessarily a good thing.LIVE: Track air quality levels impacted by smoke from wildfiresThe air quality is actually worse despite the change in hue from bright orange to dull gray, says ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco.San Francisco and Marin County had very unhealthy air at 8:30 a.m., while much of the Peninsula, North Bay and East Bay were dealing with unhealthy air quality levels."Our marine layer that saved us yesterday has been polluted," says Nicco. "It has smoke in it and it's mainly coming from Oregon and the dangerous and deadly wildfires there."BEFORE AND AFTER: DRONEVIEW7 captures shocking transition to orange...
    Throughout parts of the Western United States, people have been seeing the world in a new light. As wildfires in the region continue to rage, the skies have turned shades of yellow, orange, and red. The sky hasn't been getting its tint from the color of the flames raging nearby. NASA explains that the phenomenon is due to the smoke. "The smoke particles from the fires allow sunlight's longer wavelength colors like red and orange to get through while blocking the shorter wavelengths of yellow, blue and green," NASA reported. "Those longer wavelengths give the sky a red or orange tinted appearance. Similarly, during sunrise and sunset times when the sun is near the horizon, sunlight has to travel...
    NASA has measured California wildfire temperatures using an instrument on the International Space Station. The space agency’s ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) imaged the fires, including the El Dorado fire near Yucaipa and the Valley Fire in Japatul Valley, according to NASA. CALIFORNIA AND OREGON WILDFIRES SPOTTED FROM SPACE IN INCREDIBLE SATELLITE PICTURES The images were captured on Sept. 6. NASA’s ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) imaged active fires across California on Sept. 6, 2020. (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) “Both images, taken at 12:13 a.m. PDT (3:13 a.m. EDT), show multiple concentrated areas of surface temperatures (in red) higher than 375 degrees Fahrenheit (191 degrees Celsius),” NASA said, in a statement. “These...
    Firefighter Laura Harris and other first responders were helping move people away from a now deadly wildfire in rural Oregon on Monday when she quickly realized she and dozens of others were trapped. “We were starting to see flames coming in pretty close to us and the winds were blowing it just right toward us," Harris told FOX 12 Oregon of Portland about the Santiam Fire. “A couple of our firefighters were calling their families to say they loved them – it kind of got to that point. It was scary.” By Wednesday afternoon the Marion County sheriff reported at least two people had died in the fire, which has burned nearly 160,000 acres east of Salem. A 12-year-old boy, his grandmother and...
    We must take appropriate measures that allow kids to get back to school A Look Back At The Evolution Of McDonalds In 41 Photos ANA Inspiration: LPGA battles the elements as wildfire smoke, extreme heat blanket Mission Hills Austin Ernst and her brother Drew aim to take full advantage of the LPGA’s new cart rule at the ANA Inspiration. With 100-plus degree temperatures forecasted in Rancho Mirage, California, throughout the week, Ernst plans to pack a cooler with snacks and Gatorade for the back of the cart. She’ll also keep a wet towel around her neck and walk with a sun umbrella. If Austin wants to talk to her brother, she’ll tell him to drive slowly down the fairway...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- While stunning to even frightening, San Francisco's apocalyptic sky on Wednesday should not scare you.LIVE VIDEO: ABC7 News cameras show apocalyptic orange skies across San Francisco Bay Area due to wildfire smoke"Think of the atmosphere as a layer cake. On Wednesday, the Bay Area had a clean air cake with smoky frosting," ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco said.The Bear Fire, part of the North Complex Fire in Butte County, exploded to more than 58,000 acres Tuesday night. The massive amounts of ash expelled into the air was trapped between 1500 to 10,000 feet.PHOTOS: Dramatic photos capture orange, hazy skies seen all across San Francisco Bay AreaThe northeast winds that prompted the Red Flag Warning transported an...
    By Paul P. Murphy | CNN Heat from California’s Creek Fire is creating dangerous thunderhead clouds rising over 45,000 feet high. The wildfire has already scorched 152,833 acres in its four days of burning through the Sierra National Forest. It’s been generating weather, which is in turn is fueling its growth. Imagery from NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite is showing just how big the Creek Fire thunderhead got. These wildfire-created thunderhead clouds, or pyrocumulonimbus clouds, occur because the fire-heated air rises and carries water vapor up, causing the thunderheads. Common sense would suggest rain clouds would help firefighters knock down the blaze. Related Articles Bear Fire prompts more evacuation orders in Butte County El Dorado fire containment grows,...
    As wildfires rage worse than ever across California, firefighters have pleaded with locals not to battle the blazes on their own. Now they might have a new worry during a year of violent unrest across America: unsanctioned fire rescue efforts organized by hyper-partisan Facebook groups comprised at least in part of Blue Lives Matter-style vigilantes. Defend East County, a 20,000-person Facebook group that organized in opposition to Black Lives Matter protests near San Diego, has begun fire rescue missions, especially for animals, according to recent posts by members in the group.  On their face, fire rescue campaigns may sound like an unambiguous good—the Valley Fire in the area had claimed some 17,000 acres and dozens of buildings by Tuesday afternoon....
    YUCAIPA (CNN) — The woman best known for popularizing gender reveal parties has a message for the world: Please stop. This week, as more than 7,000 acres in California were burned after a gender reveal led to a massive wildfire in San Bernardino County, blogger Jenna Karvunidis — who is largely credited for creating the gender reveal party — took to Facebook to condemn the over-the-top events. “Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid’s penis. No one cares but you,” she wrote. This isn’t the first time a gender reveal party has led to catastrophe, and yet the celebrations have only grown in popularity. Here’s how we...
    The mother who helped give birth to the gender-reveal craze now wants everyone to stop obsessing about gender reveals — especially when the fallout includes sparking massive wildfires. Jenna Karvunidis, who blogs under the name High Gloss and Sauce, helped popularize the trend of unveiling whether “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” — usually via some sort of stunt that culminates in a flash or pink or blue — by baking a cake to celebrate the pending arriving of her first child back in July 2008. The sweet treat had a pink icing core, which signaled to friends and family that she was going to have a girl. She blogged about it, and the parenting website the Bump...
    By Leah Asmelash | CNN The woman best known for popularizing gender reveal parties has a message for the world: Please stop. This week, as more than 7,000 acres in California were burned after a gender reveal led to a massive wildfire in San Bernardino County, blogger Jenna Karvunidis — who is largely credited for creating the gender reveal party — took to Facebook to condemn the over-the-top events. Related Articles A gender reveal party caused California wildfire, now at 7,050 acres 5 gender reveal disasters: wildfires, fatal explosion, plane crash “Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid’s penis. No one cares...
    Bennett Milloy, a spokesperson for California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the Daily Mail that the couple whose gender reveal party triggered the El Dorado wildfire could be liable to foot the entire bill for the destruction which is expected to cost millions. According to a news release by the agency on Sunday, the fire, which is determined to have been started by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device for the gender reveal party, began at 10:23 am on September 5 in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. The fire spread from the park to the north onto the Yucaipa Ridge. The ridge separates Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls from the City of Yucaipa. FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020,...
    (CNN)The woman best known for popularizing gender reveal parties has a message for the world: Please stop.This week, as more than 7,000 acres in California were burned after a gender reveal led to a massive wildfire in San Bernardino County, blogger Jenna Karvunidis -- who is largely credited for creating the gender reveal party -- took to Facebook to condemn the over-the-top events."Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid's penis. No one cares but you," she wrote. This isn't the first time a gender reveal party has led to catastrophe, and yet the celebrations have only grown in popularity. Here's how we got here.Read MoreHow these parties...
    A COUPLE are on the hook for millions after the California El Dorado wildlife was sparked by a firework at a gender reveal party. Fire chiefs said the devastating blaze which torched more than 7,000-acres of land in California was triggered by a "smoke-generating pyrotechnic device." Imagery and footage from fires raging through California show apocalyptic scenes of thunder, ash rain and red skies 22The fire is just one of many currently raging throughout the state of California Credit: AP:Associated Press A helicopter prepares to drop water at a wildfire in California, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 22A plume of smoke from the El Dorado fire is seen from the Interstate 10 in Loma Linda, Calif., SaturdayCredit: AP:Associated Press 22Members of...
    SHAVER LAKE (CBS SF/AP) — The massive Creek Fire burning in the tinder-dry Sierra north of Fresno continued its march unabated toward the community of Shaver Lake Sunday night, growing to more than 73,000 acres, sending Labor Day weekend visitors to the popular recreation area and local residents frantically scrambling to escape the wall of flames. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the region as firefighters including crews from Santa Rosa and Oakland raced to join the fight from around the state. Ridge top fire activity on ridge N of Ken’s store Shaver Lake #CreekFire pic.twitter.com/WOE6A8HPpz — craig philpott (@CphilpottCraig) September 7, 2020 The advancing flames had left a path of destruction through the small community...
    A California couple has been left stunned after finding their wedding rings amid the smoldering remains of their home, which was torched by wildfires.  Last Wednesday, Jason and Chloe Caroll were forced to flee their property in Vacaville, northeast of San Francisco, as the LNU Lightning Complex fire tore toward them.   'It looked like a tornado of flames,' Chloe stated in an interview with KCRA on Saturday.  California couple Jason and Chloe Carroll left stunned after finding their wedding rings amid the smoldering remains of their home, which was torched by wildfires 'I have just never seen something move so fast… The flames were taller than trees.'  The couple were able to safely evacuate with their two sons,...
    The LNU, SCU and CZU Lightning Complex fires and the Walbridge Fire are among the blazes burning across the Bay Area right now.RELATED: Here's what you need to know about all the fires burning in the Bay AreaCheck out our interactive Wildfire Tracker below that is updated with the latest information from CAL FIRE every hour. Check in to see where fires are spreading, how many acres have burned, and updates to containment information in real-time.INTERACTIVE: ABC7 News Wildfire TrackerApp users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowGet the latest updates and videos on the CZU, LNU and SCU Lightning Complex Fires here.Get the latest updates and videos on wildfires burning across...
    The forecast issued Sept. 1 by the National Interagency Fire Center predicts above-normal potential for “significant” wildfires in the Bay Area for the next two months. In November and December, the forecast predicts the risk will return to normal for Northern California but will remain above normal for coastal California from Santa Barbara south to the Mexican border. The Northern California forecast is predicated on a small amount of rain by late October. “Without occasional light rainfall,” the agency’s report says, “above-normal significant fire potential, as seen in the October map, would be extended.” The expected development of a La Niña weather pattern is expected to bring above-normal temperatures and Santa Ana winds to Southern California in November and December,...
    SACRAMENTO —  An eleventh hour push in the California Legislature to direct $500 million to wildfire response and prevention fell flat Monday, marking the second late attempt to boost fire funding that failed in the last week. The efforts to secure more money for wildfires fizzled out as blazes burned more than a million acres across the state during the frenetic final days of the legislative year. Arguing that California needs to do more to prevent fires, Democrats in the Senate came up with the plan to spend a half-million dollars on fires after a bill to generate $3 billion for wildfire and climate projects through the extension of a fee on electricity bills failed to gain traction...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- First came the heat, then came the wildfires prompting the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to declare Spare the Air alerts for nearly 20 straight days.RELATED: LIVE: Track air quality levels impacted by smoke from San Francisco Bay Area wildfires"Welcome to our 18th consecutive Spare the Air day," said ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco. "There will be a concentration of smoke everywhere Monday, a little less as you head into the South Bay.".The Bay Area will wake up to unhealthy air Tuesday, especially in the North Bay."But as the air becomes a little more erratic, we will have more pockets of unhealthy air Tuesday afternoon instead of it being widespread," said Nicco.RELATED: Here's why smoke...
    SACRAMENTO —  This wildfire season is different. And it must be frustrating for many politicians. It certainly is for pundits. That’s because there is no one really to blame. A cardinal rule of politics and punditry is to clearly state the problem, point out who’s at fault and say what should be done about it. But during the current wildfires, no human apparently is at fault. It’s Mother Nature’s handiwork — mostly her lightning strikes. No mortal can turn those fire bolts off. OK, we could prepare better for them and should. But so far, it doesn’t seem to be Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s fault. Unlike in past fire seasons, the utility’s old power equipment isn’t tumbling down and...
    Nicole Karlis August 30, 2020 11:30PM (UTC) This article was produced as a project for the USC Center for Health Journalism’s 2020 California Fellowship. As if the Bay Area's homeless population weren't already facing a massive health threat from the pandemic, a series of wildfires in Northern California have cast an apocalyptic haze of smoke over the Bay Area. Days of lingering wildfire smoke have put the region's homeless population in yet another compromising situation that could have seriously damaging health effects for those without homes who are constantly exposed to the smoky air. "I think if coronavirus and homelessness was a crisis within a crisis, you add wildfires to that and it's a crisis within a crisis within a crisis,"...
    THE Brown family from Discovery's Alaskan Bush People saw their million-dollar home burned to the ground in a massive wildfire earlier this month. Although the family is safe, Bear Brown called the loss of the property "devastating." 6The sprawling Brown propertyCredit: Discovery Here's more on the incident. What happened to the Brown family's home? The Brown family from Discovery's Alaskan Bush People suffered a “devastating loss” after a massive wildfire “swept through” the Washington mountains that was once their home.  6A few members of the Brown clanCredit: Refer to Caption Bear Brown shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram: “We suffered a devastating loss yesterday, a fire swept through our mountain, our home!  6Bear's pictures of the fire on...
    On the morning of Sunday, August 16, freak summer thunderstorms rolled into the Bay Area, peppering the ultra-dry landscape with lightning, setting nearly 400 fires across Northern California. Ten miles to the north of the historic Lick Observatory, atop Mount Hamilton near San Jose, one such blaze was closing in, and fast: By Tuesday morning, the flames were six miles away. That night, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, made the call to evacuate the facility’s 30-odd residents and staff members, save for the superintendent, Kostas Chloros, who’d stay on to coordinate the defense of one of the world’s most cherished observatories. It was here that in 1969 astronomers made the first laser lunar ranging,...
    A firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex Fire spread in the Berryessa Estates neighborhood of Napa County, California, on August 21, 2020. Noah Berger/AP Two of California's three largest fires in history are burning right now — part of a group known as the August Lightning Siege of 2020. Climate change is linked to larger, more frequent fires because it increases the likelihood of lightning and heatwaves and causes vegetation to dry out. Nine of the state's 10 largest fires have happened since 2000. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Once again, California is on fire.  Firefighters are battling hundreds of blazes at once, most of which sparked after nearly 11,000 lightning bolts hit the state over...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended the ongoing Spare the Air alert through this Friday because of smoke that continues to cover the region from various wildfires. On Spare the Air days, the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or other solid fuel is banned both indoors and outdoors. The alerts are issued when smog or particulate matter pollution is expected to reach unhealthy levels in the Bay Area. The air district recommends that people stay inside with doors and windows closed until smoke levels subside. The region has been under an alert since last Tuesday due to wildfire smoke from the lightning-sparked fires started on August 16. As of Tuesday, the...
    FORESTVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- CAL FIRE says the predicted lightning strikes never materialized Sunday night and Monday morning on the Walbridge Fire in Sonoma County, giving them a big break in the firefight."We really seemed to dodge a bullet. The system approached our area and we did have some reports of cloud to cloud strikes but nothing cloud to ground. It was a huge lift off our shoulders. We were really worried that we were going to end up with a bunch of new starts potentially and/or challenging the existing fires that we have here," said CAL FIRE Spokesperson Paul Lowenthal.Lowenthal says there was some wind overnight but their lines held. The fire is 5% contained. Lowenthal says that might...
    (CNN) — The orange glow from wildfires in the evening sky is a new way of life in the Golden State. A lightning siege of over 12,000 strikes in 10 days ignited over 600 wildfires. Two of which have exploded into two of the top three largest wildfires in California history. More than 1 million acres have already burned. That is an area five times the size of New York City. Vast forests of dead trees have become tinderboxes, the result of years of warming temperatures, droughts and beetle-infestations. Daily, millions of people across the state wake up to red-flag warnings that signal conditions ripe for fire danger. Summer temperatures are rising well above-average. In some cases, like in Death Valley last week,...