April 17, 2014--More, bigger wildfires burning western US over last 30 years (Science Daily)

ildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years -- a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research.

March 30, 2014--The ripple effect of less water (Las Vegas Sun)

Higher food prices, water bills and utility rates. Greater wildfire risk. Shrinking communities, fewer jobs and weakening economies. Amid growing concern that the drought gripping the West isn’t history repeating itself but instead is a new normal brought about by climate change, the effects of the dwindling water supply in the region are beginning to become all too clear.

February 28, 2014--Despite L.A. storms, region will still be parched, fire-prone (Los Angeles Times)

Even as Los Angeles wades through the middle of one of the wettest periods in at least two years, public officials and weather

February 17, 2014--Delayed but not derailed (Durango Herald)

A turning point in the three-decade battle over Wolf Creek Pass is expected next month, when the U.S. Forest Service will declare its preference on a land exchange with a Texas developer who wants to build a resort village. B.J. “Red” McCombs has been trying since 1986 to build the Village at Wolf Creek at the base of Wolf Creek Ski Area.

February 9, 2014--Arizona's dry winter stokes water fears (Arizona Republic)

Federal snow-monitoring stations in Arizona’s high country recorded not a single flake in January, a striking rarity even in this drought-stricken region. The lack of moisture threatens to stoke a monster wildfire season and ratchet up tensions among states already wary of a declining Colorado River.

January 29, 2014--Uncertainty a big hurdle in Colorado climate planning (Climate Central)

The scope of the natural disasters has been devastating. In 2012, during one of the heights of a dry spell that has ravaged the state since 2002, the High Park Fire scorched more than 87,000 acres of foothills near Fort Collins, the state's fourth-largest city. The 18,200-acre Waldo Canyon Fire soon followed, turning Colorado Springs, the state's second-largest city, into a disaster zone.

January 17, 2014--California faces water shortages and wildfires as “mega-drought” gets even worse (Solon)

The year 2013 was California’s driest on record, featuring the least rainfall since the state started keeping track in 1849. And so far, 2014 is off to a bad start. A full 63 percent of the state is in extreme drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor — up from 23 percent just last week and extending into northwestern Nevada.

January 7, 2014--How will the Golden State face an epic drought? (Huff Post)

In 2013 Californian cities and towns shattered many all-time dry records, some by staggering deficits. For instance, San Francisco received 3.38 inches of precipitation its lowest mark since the inception of continuous record keeping began in 1849 -- The Gold Rush. The normal annual San Francisco rainfall is 20.65 inches.

November 30, 2013--After the kill, Part 1: Beetle epidemic changed the face of High Country forests (High Country News)

If mountain residents hope to keep building their homes and towns along the wildland-urban interface, they must understand that sudden, drastic change is inevitable and prepare their own properties as best they can.

November 25, 2013--Study helps water utilities prepare for, respond to wildfires (Water Research Foundation)

Water Research Foundation (WRF) completed a new study, “Effects of Wildfire on Drinking Water Utilities and Best Practices for Wildfire Risk Reduction and Mitigation” (project #4482).

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