California fires are burning faster, getting harder to fight
The fires have burned more than 140,000 acres, from soaring mountains along the California-Nevada border to forest north of Mt. Shasta and the gateway to Yosemite. But many of 2021’s biggest blazes have one thing in common: They are burning faster and hotter than some firefighters have seen this early in the year. A winter and spring of little rain and minimal snow runoff — followed by months of unusually warm conditions and several summer heat waves — left the vegetation primed to burn fast, giving crews little time to get a handle on the flames before they explode.
- Sacramento Bee: As wildfires intensify, California gets a grim reminder about far-reaching toxic smoke
- BBC News: US heatwave – Could US and Canada see the worst wildfires yet?
- Los Angeles Times: California wildfires destroy homes in Northern California
- NBC: Wildfires Rage in Calif., Oregon as West Grapples With Heat Wave, Drought
- Patch: Drought - Santa Cruz County Plants At Record Low Moisture Levels
- NBC: The West catches fire while the East goes under water as climate change fuels both extremes