Strong winds blow smoke horizontally over the the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean over the city of Malibu, far distance, in Southern California, seen from the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2018. The director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services says fires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes. The fire near the Northern California town of Paradise has grown to nearly 110 square miles (285 square kilometers). Another fire northwest of Los Angeles has been swept southward toward the ocean by strong Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders were issued for residents of the beachside community of Malibu. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) … [Read more...] about Trump doubles down on his criticism of California amid wildfires
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Flames burn inside a van as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town and destroyed hundreds of structures. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) … [Read more...] about Rep. Adam Schiff: Trump response to California fires show ‘how little he understands the job’
Over the years, the ferocity and frequency of wildfires have increased for various reasons, including forest mismanagement and climate change. Zinke has been reluctant to use the phrases “climate change” or “global warming” but does acknowledge that temperatures are getting hotter, the fire season is getting longer (now it’s all year long), and the state is in the midst of a prolonged drought. Whether or not he explicitly recognizes it, all of those factors are affected by climate change. … [Read more...] about Interior secretary says environmentalists prefer burning forests to managing them
After all, he said, as divided politically as the state is already, people come to the hot springs to “get away from all that.” Maybe what Californians really need, he said, is what Mercey Springs has been providing all along: a hot soak and a cool swim. … [Read more...] about Where do the “Three Californias” converge? A clothing-optional hot springs, of course.
Subsidence often doesn’t look like much. The low point of the Friant-Kern Canal, near Terra Bella, doesn’t resemble a crevice or even a shallow bowl. It appears flat to the naked eye. The only visible sign of trouble is a bridge, part of Avenue 96, that crosses the canal near Terra Bella. It sits barely a foot above the water. It used to be 12 feet. … [Read more...] about The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water