How Dry is It? Fire in Sequoia National Forest Burning Around Patchy Snow | KCET
How Dry is It? Fire in Sequoia National Forest Burning Around Patchy Snow
If there's anyone with the pulse on forest fires in California, it's Stanton Florea. He's the U.S. Forest Service's fire information officer for the state and today he's been keeping tabs on one in Sequoia National Forest. He's not yet concerned about this small and slow-moving blaze -- it may actually have positive environmental effects, he said -- but what's capturing his attention is the white stuff.
Yes, as in snow. This fire is burning through an area with patchy snow. "That's not normal," he said. "There's not much more that speaks to these dry conditions."
Like much of Southern California this week, the southern Sierra Nevada has been under a Red Flag warning, when fire danger is high due to dry conditions, low humidity, and winds. Add to that this year's dismal snow levels, and it's a recipe for, well, this.
The so-called Soda Fire was first observed this morning on a webcam overlooking the Golden Trout Wilderness. Firefighters later located the 10-acre fire near Clicks Creek, about 10 miles northwest of Camp Nelson, a gateway village along Highway 190 in Giant Sequoia National Monument. It may send smoke into local wilderness valleys and down the Little Kern River drainage through Wednesday morning.
A cause has not been determined and no plan to manage the small blaze has been announced. But that may not matter in the end. "The good thing is that it's cold at night," noted Florea. "There's not a likelihood a fire like that is going to spread."
Take a moment to bask in the joy of Voices of Creation's sound in this special Grand Performances presentation filmed at Los Angeles' historic Heritage Square Museum, inside the rustic Lincoln Avenue Methodist Church, originally built in 1897.
The pandemic has shuttered many of the usual venues where artists gather to exhibit and connect with one another. Columnist Anuradha Vikram talks to artists who are organizing opportunities for artists to share their work outdoors.
Anna Spain Bradley, UCLA's new vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion, says it's imperative that we sit down and have conversations with people we disagree with.
Citing rising coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths over the past month, Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced plans for a “regional stay-at-home order” that will be implemented in areas running low on ICU beds and force some businesses closures.
- 1 of 402
- next ›