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Drought-Ending Rain Built up Fuel to Feed Deadly California Fires

There’s a dark side to the torrent of precipitation that ended California’s long drought earlier this year: Rain and snow pumped life back into bushes, shrubs and grasses and created ideal fuel for infernos. They’ve been raging since Sunday in …

North Dakota Governor Seeks Federal Help Amid Severe Drought

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking a presidential disaster declaration, saying the state is “the epicenter of drought for the nation” because of a rain-free summer. Burgum said in a statement that his request to President Donald Trump would …

Devastating S. Europe Drought Scorches Crops; Farmers Question Their Future

Italian durum wheat and dairy farmer Attilio Tocchi saw warning signs during the winter of the dramatic drought to come at his holding a mile away from the Tuscan coast. “When it still hadn’t rained at the beginning of spring …

Residents in Northern California’s Bay Area Sue over Drought Rules

A group of multimillionaire residents of the San Francisco Bay Area have filed a lawsuit against their town claiming drought rules and penalties intended to keep people from over-watering their lawns are illegal. The East Bay Times reported that nine …

Crews Protect 60 Virginia Homes from Wildfires, but Blazes Continue

Virginia is one of several southern states battling forest fires caused by humans and fueled by drought. Ed Stoots of Virginia’s Forestry Department said Wednesday that crews have fought up to 20 blazes in more than a week. About 1,500 …

1.8 Million Western U.S. Homes at Extreme or High Wildfire Risk, Report Shows

Things haven’t gone as bad as they could have so far in 2016 coming off last year’s record-setting wildfire season in the Western U.S., according to a report out today detailing wildfire risks to properties in the Western U.S. The …

Drought Conditions and Low Water Supply Raise Fire Concerns in Rhode Island

Fire officials in Rhode Island say water sources that continue to dry up amid ongoing drought conditions in southern New England are raising safety concerns. Tiverton fire Capt. Bruce Reimels tells WLNE-TV the town has just four dry hydrants and …

How Monsanto’s Climate Unit Is Changing Risk Profile of Farmers

It caught my eye when Monsanto Co. subsidiary Climate Corp. announced last week it was creating the “Industry’s First In-Field Sensor Network” and “the first Centralized Platform” digital agricultural technology development. The company said that its new sensor network will …

See More Heat, Fire Danger in Store for Southern California

More high heat and elevated fire danger is in store for much of Southern California, especially interior areas. The National Weather Service says the scenario is due to an upper-level high-pressure system combined with weakening onshore flow near the surface. …

Wildfire Destroys More than 100 Homes in Northern California

A wildfire stuck a Northern California town still recovering from a massive fire nearly a year ago, destroying more than 100 homes and forcing thousands to flee, authorities said Monday. Gusts kicked up flames on Sunday and the fire tore …