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  • Dog reunited with family after guarding home burned in Camp Fire for weeks

    12/09/2018 6:57:40 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/09/18 02:10 PM EST | AVERY ANAPOL
    A California woman and her dog have been reunited after more than a month, when they were separated by the deadly Camp Fire. Andrea Gaylord was evacuated and unable to access her Paradise, Calif., home after the fire broke out on Nov. 8. But Gaylord’s Anatolian shepherd, Madison, waited at home, apparently guarding the burned property for weeks. "Imagine the loyalty of hanging in through the worst of circumstances and being here waiting," Gaylord told local news station ABC10. “You could never ask for better animals.” Gaylord learned of Madison’s survival with the help of animal rescuer Shayla Sullivan, who...
  • California regulator lays groundwork for PG&E bailout

    11/18/2018 1:46:25 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 15 replies
    DNC Vetted then the San Franciso Chronicle ^ | Nov 15,2018 YES NOV 15th! | JD Morris
    Capping a wild day on Wall Street in which Pacific Gas and Electric Co. stock crashed and soared as investors weighed the prospect of government aid, California’s top utility regulator said Thursday his agency can help the utility avoid financial catastrophe because of the state’s raging wildfires. Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, said his agency does not want PG&E and the state’s other investor-owned utilities to file for bankruptcy. In a move he conceded was unusual, he briefed investors and analysts on his views before issuing a public statement Thursday, a decision that may have contributed...
  • Trump Calls for Better Forest Management During California Visit

    11/18/2018 6:05:06 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 17, 2018 | Vivian Salama
    President Trump toured the devastation caused by the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history and said he would press for better forest management to prevent future infernos. Speaking to reporters alongside the ashes of a neighborhood in Paradise, Calif., Mr. Trump hailed the efforts of law-enforcement officials and first responders who continue to work to contain the blaze and help victims. “What can you say other than it’s so sad to see? These are great people. Great families, torn apart.” Mr. Trump told reporters after witnessing the devastation in Malibu, his final stop on the trip. “This has...
  • Governor [ Brown, Calif ] signs bill allowing utilities to increase fees to pay for fire settlements

    11/17/2018 2:58:26 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 63 replies ^ | Sept 21, 2018 | AP
    California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a measure allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires. Brown announced Friday he'd signed the bill, which is aimed at preventing bankruptcy for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The massive utility faces billions of dollars in liability if investigators determine its equipment caused the Tubbs Fire that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 22 people in Santa Rosa last year. The measure is the most hotly contested part of a wide-ranging plan to reduce the growing threat of wildfires.
  • Trump talks about thinning forests as he arrives in Paradise, tours Camp Fire devastation

    11/17/2018 12:33:57 PM PST · by HereInTheHeartland · 68 replies
    "President Donald Trump landed in Northern California Saturday to tour the damage wrought by the state’s worst-ever wildfire, pressing his argument that the state’s forests must be managed more aggressively to prevent future disasters."
  • The Paradise Inferno (Saturbray)

    11/17/2018 10:28:23 AM PST · by bray · 52 replies ^ | 11/17/18 | bray
    Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1 Oregon is used to two to five hundred square mile forest fires with their blast furnace heat, but it has never had one race through a community like the Paradise CA fire. Oregon is the American Outback where there are only four million people living in over a hundred thousand square miles. Most of the state except the western one third is barely populated so forest fires only destroy forests not people and houses. When the...
  • Why Does No One Compare The California Fires With Sodam And Gamorrah ?

    11/15/2018 6:11:08 AM PST · by knarf · 59 replies
    self ^ | November 15, 2018 | knarf
    I think the comparisons of many artists from many years ago captured today's actual photos of what we see these fires look like now is fascinating.
  • A Century of Fire Suppression Is Why California Is in Flames

    11/14/2018 2:29:15 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Dec 2017 | Elizabeth Shogren
    As a child in Southern California, Berleman was deeply afraid of wildfire. But at community college, she learned that Native Americans used fire for thousands of years to manage forests and grasslands and protect their villages. Tribes regularly burned California’s oak woodlands, for instance, to remove underbrush and fight pests. It helped them spot prey more easily, keep weevils out of the acorns they gathered for food, and safeguard their homes from wildfire. In 2009, Berleman transferred to the University of California, Berkeley to study fire ecology. There, she worked on her first prescribed burn. “I instantly fell in love...
  • The underestimated cooling effect on the planet from historic fires

    11/13/2018 6:50:30 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 16 replies
    sciencedaily ^ | August 9,2018 YES August | University of Leeds
    Historic levels of particles in the atmosphere released from pre-industrial era fires, and their cooling effect on the planet, may have been significantly underestimated according to a new study. Historic levels of particles in the atmosphere released from pre-industrial era fires, and their cooling effect on the planet, may have been significantly underestimated according to a new study. Fires cause large amounts of tiny particles, known as aerosols, to be released into the atmosphere. These aerosols, such as the soot in smoke or chemicals released by burning trees, can cool the planet by reflecting sunlight back into space and increasing...
  • Mad Maxine Tells Trump to ‘Keep His Mouth Shut’ Over California Fires

    11/13/2018 5:51:37 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 53 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 11/12/18 | Martin Walsh
    Maxine Waters, who has criticized President Trump and Republicans for their “rhetoric,” has been cranking up her tone since Democrats won the U.S. House of Representatives last week. During an interview on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” the California Democrat claimed the Republican Party fears “strong, black” women like her. She also said she wishes Trump would “keep his mouth shut” about the issues plaguing her home state. Later in the segment, the anti-Trump lawmaker was asked by host Joy Reid about a tweet from Trump. The president took issue with California receiving billions of dollars every year from the federal government...
  • Dead in cars and homes: Northern California fire toll at 29

    11/12/2018 3:22:28 PM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 90 replies
    PARADISE, Calif. — The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner's investigators used a wire basket to sift and sort them. At least 29 people were confirmed dead in the wildfire that turned the Northern California town of Paradise and outlying areas into hell on earth, equaling the deadliest blaze in state history, and the search for bodies continued...
  • Axl Rose rips President Trump’s take on California wildfires

    11/11/2018 8:33:20 PM PST · by conservative98 · 88 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/11/18 | BRIAN NIEMIETZ
    Rose, whose band played Sunday in the Philippines, fired back at Trump on Twitter. “’s a lack of federal funding that’s at the ‘root’ of the purported forest mismanagement. Only a demented n’ truly pathetic individual would twist that around n’ use a tragedy to once again misrepresent facts for attempted public/political gain at other’s expense,” the 56-year-old singer wrote. This isn’t the first time Rose has taken issue with Trump. Days before last week’s midterm elections, Rose tweeted that he’d formally asked the President to refrain from using Guns N' Roses songs at political rallies. “Just so ya know…...
  • Reform forest fire management

    11/10/2018 7:24:53 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 20 replies ^ | 18 Sep 2015 Yes 2015 | M. P. North, S. L. Stephens, B. M. Collins, J. K. Agee, G. Aplet, J. F. Franklin, P.
    Globally, wildfire size, severity, and frequency have been increasing, as have related fatalities and taxpayer-funded firefighting costs (1). In most accessible forests, wildfire response prioritizes suppression because fires are easier and cheaper to contain when small (2). In the United States, for example, 98% of wildfires are suppressed before reaching 120 ha in size (3). But the 2% of wildfires that escape containment often burn under extreme weather conditions in fuel-loaded forests and account for 97% of fire-fighting costs and total area burned (3). Changing climate and decades of fuel accumulation make efforts to suppress every fire dangerous, expensive, and...
  • To Prevent Huge Forest Fires, Let Them Burn

    11/10/2018 7:14:38 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 32 replies
    Popular Science ^ | September 17, 2015 Yes 2015 | Mary Beth Griggs
    The size and swiftness of this weekend's deadly Valley Fire in California was startling. But could it (and the other fires currently raging out west) have been smaller if fires in previous years had been allowed to burn? The authors of a new paper published today in Science certainly think so. In looking at forest fires in the United States, the researchers found that the vast majority of wildfires were kept extremely small, with 98 percent limited to less than 300 acres. Keeping fires small has been a goal for decades, as firefighters tried to preserve the forest the best...
  • Let Forest Fires Burn? What the Black-Backed Woodpecker Knows.A scientific debate is intensifying

    11/10/2018 7:04:47 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 130 replies
    DNC vetted then released by the NY Times ^ | Aug. 6, 2017 Yes 2017 | Justin Gillis
    Scientists at the cutting edge of ecological research, Dr. Hanson among them, argue that the century-old American practice of suppressing wildfires has been nothing less than a calamity. They are calling for a new approach that basically involves letting backcountry fires burn across millions of acres. In principle, the federal government accepted a version of this argument years ago, but in practice, fires are still routinely stamped out across much of the country. To the biologists, that has imperiled the plants and animals — hundreds of them, it turns out — that prefer to live in recently burned forests. “From...
  • Alysa Milano: FYI, .@realDonaldTrump! [Trump cut funding to forest management]

    11/10/2018 12:56:50 PM PST · by conservative98 · 70 replies
    Alyssa Milano Twitter ^ | 11/10/2018 | Alyssa Milano
    FYI, .@realDonaldTrump! “...guess who owns much of the forest land in CA? Your federal agencies. CA only owns 2%. Guess who cut funding to forest management in the budget? YOU DID.” ~@tedlieu— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 10, 2018
  • Woolsey fire destroys scores of homes, forcing 200,000 to evacuate; flames get closer to Pepperdine

    11/10/2018 12:44:14 AM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 56 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/10/18 | Jaclyn Cosgrove , Laura Newberry , Laura J. Nelson and Brittny Mejia
    After forcing 200,000 people to flee and burning scores of homes in Ventura County and Malibu, the Woolsey fire early Saturday morning pushed in several directions and created new dangers. The fire continued to menace Malibu, approaching the beach in several spots and getting closer to Pepperdine University, where some students and staff remain on campus.
  • California Wild Fires - A Small Picture of the Day of the LORD!

    11/09/2018 3:57:16 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 13 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/9/18
    Deadly wildfires continue to ravish California and have made the Drudge Report's top headline! The wind-whipped Woolsey fire burning in Ventura and Los Angeles counties burned more than 14,000 acres Friday as authorities scrambled to save a growing number of people from the encroaching threat. The blaze, which broke out near the former Rocketdyne complex in Simi Valley on Thursday, was still at zero percent containment as of Friday afternoon, and has led to waves of evacuations, including the entire city of Malibu. There were some 200,000 people estimated to be under evacuation orders as of Friday morning in both...
  • California Wildfires caused by Federal and State regulators

    08/08/2018 8:38:06 AM PDT · by olepap · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jul 20,2018 | Chuck DeVore
    As timber harvesting permit fees went up and environmental challenges multiplied, the people who earned a living felling and planting trees looked for other lines of work. The combustible fuel load in the forest predictably soared. No longer were forest management professionals clearing brush and thinning trees
  • California Request for Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Approved

    08/05/2018 2:12:00 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    NBC News LA ^ | Aug. 5, 2018 | Shahan Ahmed
    California has been hard hit by wildfires, and 17 major fires continue to burn. California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced Saturday that the White House had approved the state's request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Shasta County, where the historic Carr Fire continues to burn. According to Governor Brown's office, the request was submitted to the President and approved in the same day. "This is part of a trend – a new normal – that we've got to deal with. We're dealing with it humanly, financially and governmentally," Governor Brown said on Saturday during a media briefing...