Author’s Note 7/31/18: Call it “firesky.” The day breaks with an other-worldly orange hue, as the sun filters through a haze of smoke high in the atmosphere. Firesky has become a constant companion of summer in the west in the age of climate change. I woke up to firesky this morning in Portland, despite living some 350 miles from the Carr fire that has scorched 100,000 acres and killed six, including two firefighters. Threatening the Northern California city of Redding, the fire is burning so hot it’s creating its own weather system. The Carr fire is already one of the most destructive in California history; and the history books are being rewritten. Of the 12 worst fires in the state, seven have now burned since 2015. “We are seeing more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen,” Jonathan Cox, Cal Fire regional Battalion Chief told reporters.Wildfire is a deadly leading indicator of our warming world — and it’s changing the livability of summertime in the west. A separate California blaze has forced the evacuation of Yosemite National Park, and killed eight, including a pair of firefighters. The Rolling Stone feature below was originally published in… Read full this story
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