High temperatures and drying vegetation may mean a volatile fire season this year across the western United States.
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.
Three violent firestorms in southern Lake County, California, destroyed thousands of homes and killed four people last summer. Our new interactive tool allows you to explore maps and data about each blaze.
At first, last December’s rains seemed like welcome relief for drought-stricken California. But while the moisture did little to hydrate trees and shrubs, it did lead to the widespread of growth of wild grasses, which dried out quickly and contributed to this year’s wildfire season.