California wildfires: 2022 season off to comparatively slow start
Blazes have burned thousands of acres, cued mandatory evacuations and threatened some of the state’s oldest and most impressive trees, but far fewer acres have burned in California wildfires through the first few weeks of summer than at the same point last year. The tides may turn in the coming weeks as conditions stay hot and grow drier, but the numbers to date suggest the state may have averted a particularly nasty start to this wildfire season. …And while the Golden State is immersed in its third straight year of severe drought, a few storms in April and June helped to dampen fire fuels.
- San Francisco Chronicle: California’s fire season is so unusually quiet that it resembles a ‘normal summer’
- New York Times: Will These Ancient Trees Survive a Drying West?
- Nature: Wildfire plumes in the Western US are reaching greater heights and injecting more aerosols aloft as wildfire activity intensifies
- Los Angeles Times: California forests are vanishing as wildfires burn larger and more intensely
- KUNR – Reno: As wildfire threats grow, defensible space business booms
- Cal State Fullerton: California’s Drought – Geology Researchers Investigate How Mega Dry Spells Spark Urban Wildfires
- NPR: Climate change is threatening Joshua trees — California will decide whether to protect them