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With Biggest Blazes Behind Them, California Firefighters Pause Take Stock

The fires in Northern California have diminished this week, with fire officials saying they have gotten the upper hand on the widespread battle. But for firefighters, there is still more work to do, as Michelle Quinn reports. … Read the referenced story here: With Biggest Blazes Behind Them, California Firefighters Pause Take Stock

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Blazes light up California pot farms ahead of legalization

AP Photo/Paul Elias GLEN ELLEN, Calif. (AP) — Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards. After evading police roadblocks and passing vintners’ well-tended pools and houses, he finally arrived to a disheartening sight: Scores of his marijuana plants had been destroyed, and a barn that held 1,600 pounds of ready-for-market pot was a smoldering ruin. The same fires that destroyed Northern California wineries and threatened … Read the referenced story here: Blazes…

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California Blazes Are Part Of A Larger And Hotter Picture, Fire Researchers Say

Enlarge this image Cal Fire firefighter Trevor Smith battles the Tubbs Fire near Calistoga, Calif., on Thursday. Wildfires in Northern California have killed dozens of people and thousands of homes and businesses. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The speed and ferocity of the wildfires raging through Northern California’s wine country has caught many residents off guard and left state officials scrambling to contain the flames. But for fire researchers, these devastating blazes are part of a much larger pattern unfolding across the western United States….

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