Millions of trees have died from drought and infestations, leaving the Sierra Nevada at higher risk for wildfires.
Twenty-five years ago, a fire in the Oakland Hills demonstrated the serious risks in areas where homes intersect with nature. We talked to the lead meteorologist on duty the night of the blaze.
From Nixon to “firenadoes,” wildfires have touched many parts of American culture.
Wildfires are not just a Western states problem, and they are active at different times across the country.
Wildfires are getting bigger, more expensive to fight and closer than ever to where people live. The consequences can be deadly. The next episode of Reveal examines how wildfires got so dangerous – and how some areas are fighting back.
Wildfires, long considered a problem exclusive to the West, now threaten many other parts of the country as extreme weather becomes more commonplace and more people live in areas at risk for wildfire.
The lethal Valley Fire that destroyed nearly 2,000 buildings and killed at least four people in 2015 was started by faulty wiring at a home outside the community of Cobb, California, an investigation found.
High temperatures and drying vegetation may mean a volatile fire season this year across the western United States.
The current water year has been the wettest since the drought began, and winter snow returned to the Sierra Nevada this year. But parts of the state still will see drought conditions.
Satellite data is a new tool in newsrooms to examine changing patterns on the land. We used it to show how three destructive California wildfires spread so quickly.