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Mangum Fire burning in the Kaibab National Forest Photo: Kaibab NF via Twitter
With relative humidity as low as 5% (wow), strong winds, temps over 100 degrees in places like Phoenix, and little rain recently, the desert Southwest is facing the “perfect” conditions for wildfires and they are getting them.The Washington Post reports that “wildfires are raging” in the region and a rash of brush fires has broken out in southern California on Monday, causing evacuations, and that follows numerous fires over last weekend near Phoenix and Tuscon. Against the backdrop of these fires was a courtroom in San Francisco yesterday, where the CEO of PG&E pled guilty to each of the 81 individual counts of criminal manslaughter against the company for the deaths of the Camp Fire in 2018.
Why This Matters: PG&E is to blame for the Camp Fire and its CEO did what he should in standing up in Court — this is what it means to be accountable. But, when it comes to the latest round of fires and those in the future, and even the conditions that made the Camp Fire so deadly, the responsibility is on all of us. Climate change is not just uncomfortable and inconvenient. It is deadly, and too often those who can least impact it are the ones who suffer the most from it. Like the coronavirus victims as the disease rages in Arizona right now.
The Judge: “TK Huff, 71, face-down in his yard, having crawled 10 feet from his wheelchair. David Young, 69, who crashed his minivan into a tree while evacuating, only to burn alive with two pets in the cargo area. Rose Farrell, 99, next to her wheelchair on the front porch. Three generations of Heffern women — Ishka, 20, Christina, 40, Matilde, 68 — in their bathtub. Barbara Coulson, 71, and her sister Shirley Haley, 67, their arms wrapped around each other at their home on Heavenly Place.”
As California’s wildfire season approaches, Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing $536 million in emergency and other fundingto combat and prevent fires this year. The plan invests in additional firefighters, fuel breaks around vulnerable communities, and wildfire response capacity.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Department of the Interior announced Friday that it will use funds allocated by a conservation bill passed last year to fund 165 national park improvement projects that will create nearly 19,000 jobs. The Biden administration has pledged to protect 30% of public lands and waters by 2030, but accomplishing that means completing deferred maintenance […]
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