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More Wildfires Bring Concentrate On How All That Smoke May Damage Firefighters

More Wildfires Bring Concentrate On How All That Smoke May Damage...

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Firefighters who work on wildland fires and prescribed burns (shown here) can be exposed to high levels of harmful smoke. Jes Burns/OPB hide caption toggle caption Jes Burns/OPB Firefighters who work on wildland fires and prescribed burns (shown here) can be exposed to high levels of harmful smoke. Jes Burns/OPB When Timothy Ingalsbee thinks back…
The 10 most dangerous wildfires in United States history

The 10 most dangerous wildfires in United States history

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On October 19, 1991, a fire broke out in the hills of Oakland, California. The Oakland Hills Fire, as it came to be known, started as a wind-driven brush fire, but exploded into a firestorm that roared through upscale residential neighborhoods, engulfing thousands of homes. Over the course of two days, the blaze spread across…
How Do Wildfires Start?

How Do Wildfires Start?

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As the smoke settles from 2018's fires at the close of the year, it serves as a stark reminder of the raging wildfires that have plagued California and the rest of the American West. More than 8.5 million acres (34,600 square kilometers) burned this year, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, and they burned…
‘Reassessing The Past’ In The After-effects Of California’s Deadly Wildfires

‘Reassessing The Past’ In The After-effects Of California’s Deadly Wildfires

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Just outside of Paradise, the charred remains of the Camp Fire stops just short of a home that survived the blaze. Adam Grossberg/KQED hide caption toggle caption Adam Grossberg/KQED Just outside of Paradise, the charred remains of the Camp Fire stops just short of a home that survived the blaze. Adam Grossberg/KQED From the air,…
In Photos: Disastrous Wildfires in California

In Photos: Disastrous Wildfires in California

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Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) In the early morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a wildfire broke out just outside Paradise, California, engulfing the town in black smoke. The town's 30,000 or so residents were quickly evacuated, according to NASA's Earth Observatory. The fire is a monster, consuming 20,000 acres…
What is happening with California’s dreadful fires?

What is happening with California’s dreadful fires?

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Enlarge / Wildfire smoke blows westward on November 9. Late last year, California experienced terrible—and in the case of the October Tubbs Fire, record-setting—wildfires. The fires were especially intense due to an unusually late start to the rainy season, which left vegetation dry as seasonal mountain winds kicked up like bellows in a forge. This…
Before-and-after pictures reveal the disastrous damage in Malibu as the California wildfires rage on

Before-and-after pictures reveal the disastrous damage in Malibu as the California...

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California has been overtaken by a string of deadly wildfires, which continue to blaze in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties to the south and the town of Paradise, California to the north. Since the fires began on November 8, few communities have been more devastated than Malibu, a wealthy enclave that's been engulfed by the…
Finding Significance In The Numerous Apocalypses Of The California Wildfires

Finding Significance In The Numerous Apocalypses Of The California Wildfires

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The scenes emerging from California as the Camp Fire rages are understandably described as "apocalyptic." The fire arrived at communities quickly, downing electrical lines and causing explosions, forcing people to abandon their vehicles and flee on foot. Many literally had to run for their lives before the approaching inferno. The aftermath is evocative and shows just how easily…
Death toll increases to 31, countless houses ruined in 3 harmful wildfires are still burning throughout California

Death toll increases to 31, countless houses ruined in 3 harmful...

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Three dangerous wildfires are still raging in California. The Butte County Sheriff announced on Sunday that six additional bodies were recovered, bringing the death toll of all three fires to 31 so far, and it's expected to rise, officials told reporters Sunday. The Camp Fire, in northern California, started Thursday morning and quickly charred the…
Death toll increases to 23, countless houses damaged in 3 unsafe wildfires burning throughout California

Death toll increases to 23, countless houses damaged in 3 unsafe...

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Three dangerous wildfires are raging in California. A northern California sheriff announced Saturday that 14 additional bodies were recovered, bringing the death toll to 23 so far. The Camp Fire, in northern California, started Thursday morning and quickly charred the entire town of Paradise, which is home to 27,000. The flames grew so fast —…

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