Climate change, technological leaps, panicked insurers, the shifting sense of responsibility: All are powering the still-nascent, but fast-growing industry of preparing homes for wildfires.
The four-legged creatures with digestive tracts of steel make easy work of consuming vegetation that typically fuels wildfires.
The helicopters were responding to a vegetation fire that spread from a nearby structure fire. One helicopter made a safe landing with no injuries, while all in the second helicopter were killed.
The iconic spindly plants are under threat from a variety of factors, including climate change and development, and the California legislature is stepping in to help.
Triple-digit temperatures are expected as energy officials warn the electrical load on Tuesday could reach the state's highest demand ever. Four deaths were reported as multiple wildfires burned.
The death toll doubled when two additional bodies were found within the burn zone of the McKinney Fire, the state's largest blaze of the year.
Firefighters are proactively working to protect the giant trees by deploying a ground sprinkler system and clearing any materials that could fuel the fire.
David Scott Smith, 66, and Travis Shane Smith, 32, are accused of "reckless arson" in connection with the Caldor Fire, which burned more than 220,000 acres across three California counties this fall.
The world's largest trees are adapted to wildfires. But with fires getting more extreme, scientists warn that giant sequoias are running out of time.
Another destructive fire season has Western states searching for ways to prevent it. The Southeast just might have the answers: setting controlled fires before the wildfires come.
The popular vacation haven normally filled with tens of thousands of summer tourists emptied out Monday as the massive Caldor Fire rapidly expanded.
Controlled burns help reduce wildfire risk by clearing out overgrown vegetation. The U.S. Forest Service is suspending them, concerning fire scientists.
Across the United States,108 wildfires are burning, mainly in the west. What they're called is important, just as it is with hurricanes and other disasters.
The fire raging in Northern California was whipped up by high temperatures and strong winds. It incinerated much of the Gold Rush-era community of Greenville earlier this week.
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with writer Jaime Lowe about her new book, Breathing Fire, which tells the stories of the incarcerated women who are part of California's wildfire crews.