The Trump administration has a new plan to reduce the risk of forest fires by enabling better collaboration with state and local officials. But it’s short on details and ducks issues like climate change and logging.
Even after all the big fires in California this summer, the remainder of wildfire season is expected to be hotter and drier than normal, virtually assuring there will be more destruction ahead, NOAA scientists said in a forecast Thursday.
Air in the Tacoma area on Tuesday ranged from unhealthy for sensitive groups to moderate mostly due to wildfires burning in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. In the video, a map generated from satellite imagery shows the spread of smoky haze.
Rachel Pilli of Redding, California, wanted to reach out to the couple whose trailer sparked near Whiskeytown and started the Carr Fire. Since posting her plea on Facebook, Pilli has received an ‘ocean of compassion’ for the couple.
The bigger of the two Mendocino Complex blazes, the Ranch Fire has burned more than 300,000 acres, Cal Fire reports. The Ranch Fire became the first California wildfire to reach that milestone as of Monday evening’s update from Cal Fire. It is 305,490 acres as of 7 a.m. Tuesday.