Firefighters anticipate more danger in the southern part of the state due to continued strong wind gusts, no rain and decades-old dry vegetation.
Disasters fueled by global warming are the "new normal." Figuring out how to avoid the next one must be a top priority for all of us.
We think of the financial crisis as a man-made calamity, and Hurricane Sandy as the malignant innocence of nature. But neither the notion of a man-made nor natural disaster quite captures how the power of a few and the vulnerability of the many determine what is really going on at ground level.
The president has at last landed in the Golden State to see for himself the fires that have caused over a billion dollars in damage and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. With uncomfortable parallels to Katrina already in place, we can't say we're all that excited about his arrival here.