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  • As Trump tweets about California fires, his administration wants to expand logging

    As Trump tweets about California fires, his administration wants to expand logging

    Logging has long been among California’s most divisive environmental issues — and the controversy shows little chance of cooling as the Trump administration pushes new efforts to thin forests. The federal government is moving to allow commercial logging of healthy green pine trees for the first...

  • How Mendocino Complex became California's monster fire

    How Mendocino Complex became California's monster fire

    The Mendocino Complex fire has burned its way into the history books as the biggest fire ever recorded in California. That is saying something given how destructive the fire year has been in the state. But that distinction needs to be put in context. The fire, while massive, has destroyed far less...

  • Essential California: Trump's logging proposal is more kindling for controversy

    Essential California: Trump's logging proposal is more kindling for controversy

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Aug. 7, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Logging has for decades been among California’s most divisive environmental issues — and the controversy shows little chance of cooling as the Trump...

  • Today: Political Fuel on the Fires

    Today: Political Fuel on the Fires

    Would different water or forest policies help with the wildfires in California? TOP STORIES Political Fuel on the Fires When President Trump started tweeting about California’s wildfires this week, he brought up two of the state’s oldest political battles: the water and the forests. Tapping into...

  • Mendocino fire becomes biggest in modern California history as weary firefighters brace for more

    Mendocino fire becomes biggest in modern California history as weary firefighters brace for more

    It’s day 11 for Omar Estorga on the front lines of California’s firestorm. Some nights, the captain and his crew have slept — sitting up — in the seats of their fire engine as the Carr fire raged. Other nights, they’ve stayed at the base camp in Shasta County. On their days off, they’ve snagged...

  • Mendocino Complex fire now largest in California history, capping destructive year

    Mendocino Complex fire now largest in California history, capping destructive year

    The Mendocino Complex fire is now the largest wildfire in modern California history, scorching more than 283,000 acres and frustrating firefighters as it continues to leap across natural and man-made barriers in Lake County. The Ranch and River fires, which make up the complex fire, had grown to...

  • Mendocino Complex fire racing at unprecedented speed into the record books

    Mendocino Complex fire racing at unprecedented speed into the record books

    The massive Mendocino Complex fire jumped across at least four creeks, one major road and a fire line cut by a bulldozer in a single six-mile run this weekend toward Leesville, a tiny unincorporated way station in Colusa County. Typically, any one of those breaks could have halted the spread of...

  • Red flag conditions threaten to stoke large wildfires burning in Northern California

    Red flag conditions threaten to stoke large wildfires burning in Northern California

    Firefighters throughout the state were bracing for strengthening winds forecast this weekend that threaten to fan the flames of multiple Northern California wildfires, including the deadly Carr fire. As of Thursday, there were 18 wildfires burning across the state. Although a number of them had...

  • Cat and hen form unlikely bond in face of Redding wildfire

    Cat and hen form unlikely bond in face of Redding wildfire

    A cat seeking refuge from a raging Northern California wildfire found a fine-feathered friend as it awaited rescue from the heat and flames. The Grass Valley Fire Department said Thursday that a cat and a chicken it rescued over the weekend are recovering from burns with the help of the Society...

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