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Viewing the Yosemite Rim Fire in context: images, maps, and graphics

Viewing the Yosemite Rim Fire in context: images, maps, and graphics

The Rim Fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park is generating national headlines due to its vast size and its threats to San Francisco’s water supply, the park’s majestic sequoias, and thousands of homes. To put this fire in context, I’ve created a few of graphics that summarize recent fire seasons in California and […]

Arizona firefighter disaster could be pivotal moment

Arizona firefighter disaster could be pivotal moment

The shocking deaths of 19 firefighters yesterday in Arizona is a grim milestone in the history of wildland firefighting. Will the Yarnell Hill Fire also be a watershed event in how this nation approaches wildfires? Sadly, it often takes a national tragedy to raise awareness of problems and force action on solutions. We know wildfires […]

Yarnell Hill wildfire is third-deadliest for U.S. firefighters

Yarnell Hill wildfire is third-deadliest for U.S. firefighters

The Arizona Republic is reporting tonight that 19 firefighters have died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. This disaster looks to be the third-deadliest incident in the history of U.S. wildland firefighting and the highest number of deaths in a single episode since 25 were lost in a 1933 fire in Griffith Park, California. The Great […]

Tracking trends in recent wildfire activity

Tracking trends in recent wildfire activity

With drought gripping much of the West, 2013 could be another active wildfire season in the region. There’s already a fast-moving blaze in Southern California that is threatening hundreds of homes. To track the severity of wildfires, I’ve created a dashboard on this page that summarizes recent trends, both nationally and in the West. The […]