The conditions for the unfolding catastrophe in the area were set long ago, both in wine country and throughout California.
Wildfires are churning through the grasslands of the Central Plains, prompting mass evacuations in Oklahoma and threatening hundreds of homes in the Texas panhandle.
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.
Three reporters spent a week on the road in a cramped SUV, bound for places that had been touched by devastating fires to see firsthand how firefighters and their communities battle blazes.
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.