Ranchers affected by Thomas Fire file lawsuit against California utility

Thomas Fire. Photo credit: Ventura County Fire Department. Ranchers in Ventura County who lost cattle and property during the devastating Thomas Fire filed a lawsuit this week against Southern California Edison, claiming the utility’s outdated equipment and lagging fire mitigation efforts were to blame for what became the largest blaze in modern state history. “The … Continue reading “Ranchers affected by Thomas Fire file lawsuit against California utility”

Visualizing California fires over the last 18 years

These timelines visualize the duration and extent of California’s #wildfires https://t.co/IEZZIIHfks pic.twitter.com/9YKMcM9j2K — w00t viz! (@w00tviz) January 23, 2018 I love well designed graphics, and this one from Axios certainly falls into that category. It shows the time of the year wildfires larger than 300 acres occurred in California. Click on the chart a couple … Continue reading “Visualizing California fires over the last 18 years”

Images from mud flows and flooding in Southern California

We spent a few minutes on Twitter Tuesday evening looking for information about the impacts of the very heavy rain northwest of Los Angeles over the last 24 hours. The freshly barren burned hills above some of these areas contributed to the extraordinary amount of water and debris transported into the communities. Unbelievable devastation… this … Continue reading “Images from mud flows and flooding in Southern California”

Last year’s California wildfires, graphically

Some people learn or are stimulated most effectively by reading, or hearing someone talk about a subject. Others, like myself, respond better visually. For me, there is truth in the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. So I can appreciate well-thought-out graphics that tell a story. Lauren Tierney started her job with … Continue reading “Last year’s California wildfires, graphically”

Fuels and fire behavior advisory issued for Southern California

The lack of precipitation this fall, along with a prolonged period of warm, dry, and occasional windy weather has caused fuels to be extremely dry across portions of Southern and Central California.