Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

As drought in the American West continues unabated, wildfires have grown hotter, burned longer, and become harder to put out. In the first story, I look at how disaster breeds compassion in Santa Clarita, Calif., where the Sand Fire burned through nearly 40,000 acres at the end of July. And in the second, I talk to firefighters and researchers about humans’ role in exacerbating these fires, and the changes we as a society need to make to reverse the trend.

Both stories were published in The Christian Science Monitor.

How California’s Sand Fire kindles hearts determined to help (July 29, 2016) 

The Sand Fire that began ripping through Santa Clarita, Calif., on July 22 forced nearly 20,000 people out of their homes. But also brought out a ‘special case’ of community spirit. 

As wildfires challenge California, the causes go beyond climate (July 1, 2016)

Wildfire season has become longer and more intense lately. But beyond addressing climate change, some researchers call for a paradigm shift to address the various human factors relating to prevention and safety.

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