Creek Fire ignites fire management debate on beetles, climate change
When the Creek Fire exploded to 160,000 acres in just 72 hours, ripping through a jewel of the Sierra Nevada just south of Yosemite National Park, California and the world looked on in horror and surprise. But the stage had long been set for the megablaze, one of a half-dozen transforming millions of acres of Golden State landscapes to ash. Droughts supercharged by climate change dried out vegetation, aiding its transition into fuel.
- E&E News: Senators urge swift passage of forest policy overhaul
- The Washington Post: Trump’s plan for managing forests won’t save us in a more flammable world, experts say
- National Geographic: The science of how climate change impacts fires in the West
- Grist.org: Meet the DIY firestarters trying to save California from itself
- Politico.com: Trump blames California for fires. He should check to see whose land they’re on