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Bettina Boxall

Bettina Boxall covers water issues and the environment for the Los Angeles Times. She shared the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting with colleague Julie Cart for a five-part series that explored the causes and effects of escalating wildfire in the West. She began her journalism career as a photographer at a small Texas daily and reported for newspapers in Vermont and New Jersey before joining The Times in 1987.
Redding was scorched by a fire so strong it created its own weather system

California’s big, destructive wildfires tend to come in two varities: Wind driven, such a last year’s deadly Santa Rosa conflagration and the Thomas Fire in Southern California. And what is known as plume-dominated, when a fire’s plume of smoke and ash is big and hot enough to exert control.

State approves $2.7 billion for water storage projects

The California Water Commission on Tuesday approved $2.7 billion for a variety of water storage projects around the state. But the money doesn't guarantee that any of the reservoirs or groundwater projects will be built.

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