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Could an Electrical Equipment Malfunction Be Behind the Saddleridge Fire?

In Northern California, utility PG&E cut power to hundreds of thousands amidst a wildfire weather threat. Southern California’s main electric utility didn’t, and now it appears its equipment could responsible for sparking last week’s Saddleridge Fire. Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, California, Wildfires, Southern California, Northern California, California wildfires, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now, Saddleridge fire

California Wildfire Season Is Here as the Saddleridge Fire Explodes Near Los Angeles

In a community outside Los Angeles, more than 12,000 people are facing mandatory evacuation as a wildfire rages out of control. The Saddleridge Fire has burned some 4,600 acres, and so far officials haven’t been able to contain it. Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, California, Los Angeles, Wildfires, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now, Saddleridge fire

California Power Outage Wreaks Havoc at Research Labs

Science laboratories in northern California are scrambling to protect precious supplies, samples, and lab animals threatened by an extensive power outage.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, Power Outages, Labs, California Power Outage

Think California's Preemptive Blackouts Are Scary? Buckle Up

At midnight on Wednesday, California’s largest utility begun cutting off power to customers across the northern part of the state. The rolling blackout came with just a day’s warning as intense fire weather is expected to whip up across the region. Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, Electricity, Pge, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now

California's Largest Utility to Shut Off Power to 800,000 Customers Due to Wildfire Risk

Power shutoffs are slated to hit customers in 34 of California’s 58 counties between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon due to high risk of wildfires, with utility company Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) saying it expected nearly 800,000 customers to be affected.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Technology, Climate Change, California, Environment, Infrastructure, Wildfires, Pge, Pacific Gas and Electric, Pacific Gas and Electricity PG E

Deadly Fungus, Fat Bear Week, PS5 Leaks, and Hot Dog Salad: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

No news this week could possibly compare to the “hot dog salad” abomination created by a certain Gizmodo colleague, which has taken our forbidden sandwich out back, choked it to death, and absorbed it into its goopy morass. But reader, we tried.Read more...
Tags: Google, Ipad, Gaming, Facebook, Star Wars, Comics, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Review, Microsoft, Internet, Climate Change

A New Spray-On Gel Could Help Stop Wildfires Before They Start, Researchers Say

Every year around 10 million acres of the U.S. is seared by wildfires. The country spends more than $2 billion trying to fight them—a total that doesn’t even include the cost of lost property. Fighting wildfires is still mostly a reactive effort, something that happens after the fires have already ignited. But…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Wildfires, Standford University, Firefighting

Canadian Wildfires Are Already Turning Sunsets Red in the US

The calendar hasn’t turned to summer yet, but skies in Canada and across the U.S. already look like August. Smoke from massive Canadian wildfires has made the sun disappear in Edmonton and turned Friday’s sunrise blood red as far east as Vermont.Read more...
Tags: Science, Canada, Wildfires, Alberta, Smoke, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now

Newsom declares emergency, waives environmental rules for California fire season prep

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader. “The increasing wildfire risks we face as a state mean we simply can’t wait until a fire starts in order to start deploying emergency resources,” Newsom said in a statement ahead of declaring a...
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California's 2018 Was the Worst Ever Recorded for Wildfires

California’s 2018 is officially the worst year for wildfires in recorded state history, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday, citing the National Interagency Coordination Center’s year-end statistical analysis. The 1.8 million acres of California land that burned last year was more than any other state in 2018,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, California, Drought, Wildfires, Los Angeles Times, Extreme Weather, Natural Disasters, National Interagency Coordination Center, California wildfires

Wet Winters No Longer Protect California From Brutal Wildfire Seasons, Study Finds

In California, a wet winter no longer protects landscapes from the kind of intense wildfires the state’s been experiencing lately. Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, Burning Up

Australia Continues to Fry Under Scorching Heat Waves

The second heat wave in two weeks in Southern Australia continued to punish the region, with temperatures in Melbourne hitting 109.4 degrees Fahrenheit (42.8C) on Friday afternoon, and the state of Tasmania struggling to deal with “30 uncontained fires,” according to the Guardian.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Australia, Global Warming, Wildfires, Melbourne, Tasmania, Extreme Weather, Southern Australia, Heat Wave

California Power Company Tied to Last Year’s Deadly Camp Fire Is Filing For Bankruptcy

California’s largest utility is in a death spiral in wake of the deadly Camp Fire last fall. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announced Monday it’d be filing for bankruptcy on January 29.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, Pge, Camp Fire, Shouldve Done Better, California Power Company Tied, Pacific Gas Electric Co PG E

Trump Threatens to Cut off Federal Wildfire Aid to California in Ill-Informed, Typo-Laden Tweet  

Amidst a government shutdown and on the heels of a sober report concluding California’s Camp Fire was the world’s costliest disaster last year, President Donald Trump decided it would be a good time to reiterate the lie that “poor forest management” is to blame for California’s wildfires woes. He also again threatened…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, Donald Trump, California Fires, Trump Threatens, Camp Fire, Goddamnit, Forest Policy

The Scientists Who Play With Wildfire

When fire scientist Albert Simeoni wants to study wildfires, he can’t exactly run into the nearest blaze with sensors and data collection tools. It’s simply too dangerous and these conflagrations, though they’re becoming more frequent and intense with climate change, aren’t predictable enough to research in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate, Wildfires, Fire Ecology, Albert Simeoni

The Most Terrifying Climate Disasters of 2018

I sat for a while trying to figure out what image should be at the top of this post. Punching in different keywords—hurricane, wildfire, heat wave—turned up photos from around the world. Eventually, I settled on Southern California’s Woolsey Fire bearing down on the mansions of Malibu, because it best encapsulates…Read more...
Tags: Science, Wildfires, Courage, Malibu, Hurricanes, Southern California, Heat Wave, Lets Talk About The Weather

Verizon: Maybe a Few Hamiltons Would Change You First Responders' Minds

Mobile giant Verizon has faced withering criticism in the months since it throttled Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighters trying to contain California’s Mendocino Complex Fire, then tried to force them to purchase increased data even as they were begging for immediate assistance. It said it would immediately…Read more...
Tags: Verizon, Science, Technology, Net Neutrality, California, Wildfires, Isps, Throttling, Santa Clara County Fire Department, California wildfires, Mendocino Complex Fire

Protesters Demand an End to Bailouts for California Company That May Have Caused Wildfires 

Protesters took over a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) meeting on power company PG&E’s safety culture Thursday morning, responding to the company’s possible role in starting the Camp Fire, SF Weekly reports. The hearing was part of a three year investigation into PG&E’s safety practices by the CPUC.Read more...
Tags: Science, Utilities, Climate Change, California, Wildfires, Jerry Brown, Cpuc, California Public Utilities Commission CPUC, Pge, PG E, Tubbs Fire, Camp Fire, Camp Fire SF Weekly

Video Shows Exact Moment Border Agent Realized 'Gender Reveal' Party Bomb Was a Bad Idea

The Arizona border patrol agent who used a firearm to detonate explosives during a “gender reveal” party in April 2017, sparking a wildfire which eventually spread across 47,000 acres and caused $8.2. million in damage, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a misdemeanor and received a sentence of five years’ probation…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Wildfires, Arizona, Explosives, Border Patrol, Firearms, Gender Reveal

Camp Fire Now Completely Contained, With 85 Confirmed Dead and Hundreds Still Missing

California’s nightmarish Camp Fire is nearly out after weeks of destruction, but firefighters are still finding new bodies even as the confirmed death toll has risen to 85.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, California, Wildfires, Extreme Weather, Paradise California, California wildfires, Camp Fire

Smoke From California’s Wildfires Reached All the Way to New York City

Smoke from the wildfires that have devastated California for weeks has stretched some 3,000 miles to East Coast cities. The Weather Channel reported this week that the haze was expected to linger through Wednesday before an arctic chill descends on the Northeast over the Thanksgiving holiday.Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, California, New York City, Wildfires, East Coast, Smoke, Sunsets, California wildfires, Camp Fire, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now

The Grassroots Movement to Transform Our Broken Disaster Relief System

It would have been a beautiful autumn day in Oakland, if not for the haze. Standing in a parking lot next to the iconic Lake Merritt, the smoke hung over everything, turning the sky a bluish beige and blurring anything more than a few hundred yards away. Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, Oakland, California Fires, Disaster Relief, Camp Fire

Ryan Zinke Says 'Radical Environmentalists' Are to Blame For the Wildfire That's Killed 79 People

Americans of all political persuasions are rushing to blame the devastating Camp Fire on their political foes, but Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would like everyone to take a deep breath and calm down... and recognize that “radical environmentalists” are to blame.Read more...
Tags: Science, Wildfires, Fires, Interior Department, Donald Trump, Breitbart, Interior, Ryan Zinke, President Trump, California wildfires, Camp Fire, White Supremacist Websites

Wildfires, Invasive Snakes, and Saying Goodbye to a Legend: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It might be the second half of November, but the wildfire season in California is now functionally approaching a 365-days-a-year crisis, with two massive blazes burning down huge swathes of the state. The Woolsey Fire and the Camp Fire are slowly approaching containment, but not before the former destroyed whole…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Star Wars, Comics, Science, Biology, California, Marvel, Earth, Wildfires, Snakes, Invasive Species, Stan Lee, Wreck It Ralph, HQ2, California wildfires, Detective Pikachu

Finland's President Denies Having Conversation About 'Raking' With Trump

While visiting California this weekend, President Donald Trump said Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told him that “raking” was part of the country’s forest management before insinuating that it’s something the United States should be doing to mitigate wildfires. The remark was bizarre, to be sure. But now, Niinisto…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, California, United States, Wildfires, Finland, Donald Trump, Trump, Sauli Niinisto, California wildfires, Raking, Camp Fire

As Camp Fire Overtook Paradise, Many Were Gridlocked or Never Got Warning, Reports Say

The confirmed death toll in the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, has risen to 76, with nearly 1,300 names still remaining on an ad hoc list of missing individuals. The town of Paradise, which a firestorm overtook in a matter of hours on Nov. 8, is more or less totally destroyed.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, California, Wildfires, Extreme Weather, Natural Disasters, California wildfires, Camp Fire, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now

Trump Suggests California Wildfires Can Be Avoided by 'Raking'

President Donald Trump traveled to Northern California this weekend to survey the area affected by the Camp Fire, which has become the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. During the visit, the president appeared to double down on some of his previous rhetoric involving what he has described as…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, Donald Trump, Paradise, Trump, Northern California, Paradise California, California wildfires, Camp Fire

CNN Meteorologist Explains Why President Trump is So Wrong About California's Wildfires

President Donald Trump tweeted some incredibly ignorant things over the weekend about the wildfires that have so far killed at least 31 people in California. Firefighters have explained repeatedly why the president is so wrong, but CNN meteorologist Tom Sater broke it all down on Sunday to show why President Trump has…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Cnn, Wildfires, Donald Trump, Malibu, Paradise, Trump, President Trump, Tom Sater, Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire

Footage of Fire Whirls Gives a Terrifying Look at the Infernos Tearing Through California

Several people are dead and thousands of homes and other properties destroyed after wildfires descended on California this week, burning both sides of the state and laying waste to everything in their path. The Woolsey fire has reportedly burned more than 70,000 acres and hundreds of thousands of people have been…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, Fires, Woolsey, California Fires, California wildfires, Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire, Woolsey Wildfire, Fire Whirls

The Camp Fire Is Officially the Most Destructive in California’s History

As California burns from both ends, the Camp Fire currently ravaging the northern part of the state has become the most destructive in its history.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, California wildfires, Camp Fire, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now, Hill Fire, Woolsey Fire, Woolsey Wildfire

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