Alisal Fire Only 5% Contained As Evacuations Ordered In Santa Barbara County

Alisal Fire Only 5% Contained As Evacuations Ordered In Santa Barbara County

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor As California’s summer fire season comes to a close, autumn’s Santa Ana winds have intensified a fast-moving wildfire now terrorizing Santa Barbara County. The Alisal fire began Monday afternoon. Since then, it has engulfed 16,801 acres and is only 5% contained, according to CalFire. As a result, a portion […]

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Thousands Evacuate Fawn Fire

Thousands Evacuate Fawn Fire

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Near Redding, California in Shasta County, the Fawn fire forces four thousand residents to evacuate with 30,000 residents affected. The fire was 50% contained as of Monday afternoon. Law enforcement has now charged a 30-year-old woman named Anna Souverneva with arson, after quarry workers saw her trespassing near the […]

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Newsom Sets Aside $15 Billion for Climate Change Prevention

Newsom Sets Aside $15 Billion for Climate Change Prevention

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed a $15 billion package to fund climate change and drought mitigation strategies. The new legislation consists of 24 bills that focus on climate and clean energy efforts, droughts, and wildfire preparedness.    Why this Matters: This is the largest climate funding package in […]

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Wildfire Smoke Makes Tahoe, Reno Air Quality Worst in Country

Wildfire Smoke Makes Tahoe, Reno Air Quality Worst in Country

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the Caldor Fire burns through the El Dorado National Forest, the area around Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada, has developed the worst air quality in the county. On Monday, the Air Quality Index hit 694 in Tahoe City. An AQI above 300 is considered hazardous and can cause serious health issues. The […]

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Wildfire Smoke Could Lead to Premature Births

Wildfire Smoke Could Lead to Premature Births

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer According to a new Stanford study, breathing wildfire smoke while pregnant may increase the risk of preterm birth. As many as 7,000 additional preterm births in California between 2007 and 2012 could have resulted from exposure to smoke from the fires that have hit the state especially hard in recent years. […]

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Biden Raises Firefighter Pay, Plans for Wildfires With Western Governors

Biden Raises Firefighter Pay, Plans for Wildfires With Western Governors

On Wednesday, President Biden convened a virtual meeting with governors from Western states to discuss ways to withstand this year’s devastating wildfire season (which is already very much underway in California).  In this meeting, Biden introduced a short-term pay raise for federal firefighters, alongside other longer-term improvements for wildfire prevention and risk mitigation efforts, setting […]

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