The conditions for the unfolding catastrophe in the area were set long ago, both in wine country and throughout California.
Eric Sagara is a senior data reporter for Reveal. He joined Reveal following a news applications fellowship at ProPublica, where he worked on projects about pharmaceutical payments to doctors, deadly force in police agencies and the trail of guns in the United States. Prior to that, he was a reporter on The Newark Star-Ledger's data team. Sagara is originally from Arizona, where he reported on business, education, crime, wildfires and government. He is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.
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The legalization of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado had at least one unanticipated effect on the streets: a sharp decline in traffic stops and searches by state police, a new analysis shows. But black and Hispanic drivers still are searched at higher rates than white motorists.
Wildfires are churning through the grasslands of the Central Plains, prompting mass evacuations in Oklahoma and threatening hundreds of homes in the Texas panhandle.
After the water in Lake Oroville reached the highest level since 1985, officials released more water from the dam through its main spillway. But a massive sinkhole split the spillway, prompting the evacuation of 180,000 in nearby communities. We built a 3D flyover of the time and charts to show what lead up to these events,
Millions of trees have died from drought and infestations, leaving the Sierra Nevada at higher risk for wildfires.
Twenty-five years ago, a fire in the Oakland Hills demonstrated the serious risks in areas where homes intersect with nature. We talked to the lead meteorologist on duty the night of the blaze.
From Nixon to “firenadoes,” wildfires have touched many parts of American culture.
Wildfires are not just a Western states problem, and they are active at different times across the country.
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