Weekly Update by Mark Armstrong – 1 November 2019

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Greetings from Tyler, We got through the world’s Halloween observance without incident.  Maybe they’ll start removing the spider webs and flashing inflatables from the neighborhood yards, and the skeletons from the entries of every dollar store.  Not that we’re frightened … Read More

California Today: 100 Million Dead Trees Prompt Fears of Giant Wildfires

 Patches of dead and dying trees near Cressman, Calif., in 2016. CreditScott Smith/Associated Press Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) The more than 100 million trees that died in California after being weakened by drought and … Read More

Southern California mudslides: 17 dead, others missing

(CNN) — The founder of a Catholic school is among the 17 people killed in deadly mudslides and flooding in Southern California. Hundreds of rescuers and dogs continued searching for people Wednesday, slogging through mud and debris. Roy Rohter, 84, … Read More

California wildfires by the numbers: $177M spent, more than 1,000 structures destroyed

A spate of Southern California wildfires has destroyed an area larger than New York City and Philadelphia — combined. And the end might be weeks away. Blustery Santa Ana winds literally added fuel to the fires. which began Dec. 4. Here are … Read More

On The Road Of Destruction To The Thomas Fire

MARCUS YAM VIA GETTY IMAGES LOS ANGELES ― There is smoke everywhere. It’s Monday morning at 10 a.m., and I’m driving north up California’s famously stunning coastline toward the Thomas fire, the largest and most uncontrolled of five massive wildfires … Read More

California wildfires have destroyed 1,000 structures … and counting

(CNN) One week after the Thomas Fire exploded from a brush fire to a raging inferno, thousands of firefighters made some headway Monday in their struggle to contain it. The blaze is larger than all of New York City and about … Read More

Chelsea Handler slammed for suggesting Trump is to blame for California wildfires

  Chelsea Handler was blasted on social media Wednesday for blaming President Trump for the wildfires burning in California this week. Handler tweeted: “Just evacuated my house. It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively. … Read More

Editorial California wildfires are only going to get worse. We’re not ready

Countless research papers and government reports have said it, but the wildfires in Northern California this month brought it home: Climate change is fueling larger, more frequent and more devastating wildfires in the state, and communities have to start making … Read More