Stories tagged: "wildfires"


Gregg Sasek, dispersed recreation manager for the Coronado National Forest Santa Catalina Ranger District, demonstrates how ground along the Palisade Trail has been burnt out making it easy for hikers to sink a leg into the soil, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, near Tucson, Ariz. Various dangers are still being accessed throughout the Coronado National Forest as a result of the Bighorn Fire. (Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP, Pool)
Two Fronts: How AZ Fire Fighters Battled Blazes and Coronavirus at the Same Time

Firefighters had the difficult task of keeping two looming dangers at bay: large-scale wildfires and a highly-transmittable virus.

While the economic toll of 2020's wildfires is still not known, the US has experienced huge increases in billion-dollar weather disasters in the past four decades due to climate change (AP Photo/Noah Berger).
Billion-Dollar Disasters Are More Frequent Than Ever in the US—Wildfires Are Only Part of That Toll

Wildfires in the West will have an enormous financial toll, but they are part of a more worrying trend of huge financial losses tied to extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about climate change and wildfires affecting western states, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Biden’s Plan for the Climate Is Focused on Clean Jobs. Trump Says ‘It Will Start Getting Cooler.’

Both presidential nominees spoke about the environment as wildfires burn throughout the West Coast. Only Biden has released a plan to fight climate change.

Gregg Sasek, dispersed recreation manager for the Coronado National Forest Santa Catalina Ranger District, demonstrates how ground along the Palisade Trail has been burnt out making it easy for hikers to sink a leg into the soil, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, near Tucson, Ariz. Various dangers are still being accessed throughout the Coronado National Forest as a result of the Bighorn Fire. (Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP, Pool)
5 Ways Biden’s Climate Plan Can Address Everything From Arizona Wildfires to Economic Collapse

Arizona has experienced record wildfires this year, with blazes lasting longer than normal into the summer due to a lackluster monsoon season.

Helicopters battling Bighorn Fire
Arizona Officials Leave Wildfires’ Long-Term Impact on Air Quality in the Hands of the EPA

Wildfire smoke isn't just bad for the environment — it also carries fine particles that cause respiratory and other health problems.