wildfire http://kvpr.org en Dry Conditions Spur Rapid Spread of Hunters Fire http://kvpr.org/post/dry-conditions-spur-rapid-spread-hunters-fire <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the late afternoon on Memorial Day, a wildfire touched off in rural Mariposa County. &nbsp;Just two days later, the so-called Hunters Fire has engulfed 1300 acres and destroyed two homes.</span></p><p class="p1">Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says fires this time of year aren't unusual--but ones that travel so fast are.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:10:45 +0000 Kerry Klein 33385 at http://kvpr.org Dry Conditions Spur Rapid Spread of Hunters Fire Brown Proposing Additional $66 Million to Help Fight Wildfires http://kvpr.org/post/brown-proposing-additional-66-million-help-fight-wildfires <p>California’s firefighting agency, Cal Fire, has already responded to about 1,500 fires this year. That’s nearly twice what would be normal. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown wants Cal Fire to have more money to fight the extended wildfire season.</p><p>Under Brown’s May budget revision, Cal Fire would receive an additional $66 million. Cal Fire’s Daniel Berlant says the money would allow the department to retain the seasonal firefighters it’s hired, including 300 last month.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:28:41 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32964 at http://kvpr.org Brown Proposing Additional $66 Million to Help Fight Wildfires Governor Jerry Brown Says California Wildfires Linked To Climate Change http://kvpr.org/post/governor-jerry-brown-says-california-wildfires-linked-climate-change <p>California Governor Jerry Brown says human-caused climate change is probably the main reason wildfires are scorching large parts of San Diego County at this time of year.</p><p>Brown told CNN that climate change is the reason why the California fire season is now 70 days longer than it was in the past. He says high winds and dry conditions make fires larger and more devastating.</p><p>Brown:&nbsp; “Those conditions are definitely caused by climate change, global warming induced by human activity.”</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:36:41 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 32779 at http://kvpr.org Governor Jerry Brown Says California Wildfires Linked To Climate Change Brown's Revised Budget Would Help State During Drought, Cal Fire http://kvpr.org/post/browns-revised-budget-would-help-state-during-drought-cal-fire <p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal contains more money to address complications from the drought in California. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, he wants more money to go to firefighting, food assistance, and wildlife preservation.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Governor Brown wants to give an additional $142 million to help the state through the drought. The drought has already caused an early fire season. Under the new spending plan, the Division of Forestry and Fire Protection would get $67 million more to suppress wildfires.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:55:21 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 32626 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Revised Budget Would Help State During Drought, Cal Fire CAL FIRE Fears Fire Season Could Be Worst Ever http://kvpr.org/post/cal-fire-fears-fire-season-could-be-worst-ever <p>CAL FIRE says it fears this year's fire season could be the worst on record.&nbsp; Bob Moffitt reports on the state's preparations.</p><p>In Southern California, fire season never really ended.&nbsp; In Northern California, CAL FIRE started hiring firefighters four months ahead of schedule.</p><p>Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird says the state is in the middle of the driest three years on record.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 17:20:19 +0000 Bob Moffitt - Capital Public Radio 32778 at http://kvpr.org CAL FIRE Fears Fire Season Could Be Worst Ever California Drought Results In Rare January Forest Fire In The Sierra Nevada http://kvpr.org/post/california-drought-results-rare-january-forest-fire-sierra-nevada <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Historically dry conditions in the Sierra Nevada have resulted in a rare January wildfire burning in a remote area of the Golden Trout Wilderness, about 20 miles east of </span>Springville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The Soda Fire was discovered on Tuesday by officials with the Sequoia National Forest. So far the fire has consumed around 130 acres, and is burning at a moderate rate. No structures are threatened.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:42:52 +0000 Joe Moore 27239 at http://kvpr.org California Drought Results In Rare January Forest Fire In The Sierra Nevada New Study Links PM 2.5 Pollution, Immune System Damage http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-links-pm-25-pollution-immune-system-damage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=558">new study</a> suggests that exposure to wildfire smoke can result in reduced immune system function. The study, funded by the California Air Resources board, looked at primates which were exposed to unusually high levels of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 for 10 days in 2008, during a number of wildfires.</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:44:25 +0000 Joe Moore 26866 at http://kvpr.org New Study Links PM 2.5 Pollution, Immune System Damage