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Wildfire's Legacy Worries Santa Cruz Winemakersnew

For Santa Cruz Mountain winegrowers, the Lockheed fire that burned 7,800 acres of wild lands above Bonny Doon recently came at exactly the wrong time. Of course there’s never a good time for a wildfire, but the grapes in local vineyards are starting to ripen, a developmental stage called veraison, and they’re particularly vulnerable to “smoke taint.”
Good Times Santa Cruz  |  Stett Holbrook  |  08-27-2009  |  Food+Drink

Every Wildfire Brings its Own Financial Storm With Itnew

"California has developed a 'seven points of light' agreement that says if anybody breaks a fire, the departments will send resources," says Cal Fire spokesman Mike Mohler. Yet with so little money to burn, it's hard not to wonder who's getting stuck with the mounting bill.
Good Times Santa Cruz  |  Jessica Lussenhop  |  08-21-2009  |  Disasters

The Brief but Violent Life of the Tea Firenew

At least 210 homes -- including 130 within city limits -- were destroyed by the devastating fire, which has been determined to have been caused be a bonfire started by a group of 10 18- to 22-year-olds the previous night.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Chris Meagher  |  11-24-2008  |  Disasters

Learning to Live with Fire in Santa Barbaranew

We love living right on the edge of one of the world's most scenic backdrops, but the privilege brings with it the potential for catastrophic disaster most any time the weather turns hot and the wind blows dry.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Ray Ford  |  09-30-2008  |  Disasters

A Look at the Ecological Impacts of the Big Sur Wildfiresnew

Big Sur enthusiasts may be horrified to see the wildfires turn postcard-quality forests into black moonscapes. But scientists remind us that fire is a critical ingredient in Big Sur's fire-adapted beauty, and the ecological challenges arise less from the flames than from human meddling. As long as the wildfires are burning, their precise ecological impacts will be shrouded in smoke -- but experts do have a sense of how the flames will affect non-human life in Big Sur.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Kera Abraham  |  07-11-2008  |  Disasters

Saving Birds from Burning in Big Surnew

As the wildfire in Big Sur carpeted more and more of the region's steep coastal mountains, the biologists of Ventana Wildlife Society's condor rehabilitation project realized the uncontrolled blaze could prove deadly for eight condors contained in a large aviary directly within the fire's predicted path.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Stuart Thornton  |  07-11-2008  |  Disasters

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