Wednesday Top of the Scroll: ‘Ground zero’ for dead trees: How California mega-drought turned Creek Fire into inferno
By killing millions of trees in the Sierra National Forest, the historic drought that ended in 2017 left an incendiary supply of dry fuel that appears to have intensified the fire that’s ravaged more than 140,000 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada, wildfire scientists and forestry experts said.
- Washington Post: Large, intense wildfire outbreak destroys town, closes forests, with California winds raising threat further
- CalMatters: ‘We are in uncharted territory’: High winds spreading already-historic fires
- San Jose Mercury News: California fires: Five reasons why this year is so bad
- Sacramento Bee: Bear Fire rages in Northern California, with 20,000 evacuated. Oroville under warning