The combination of a warming planet and rapid urbanization near wildlands has provided kindling with a spark.
A surfer rides a wave at the famous Mavericks surf break on December 17th, 2018, in Half Moon Bay, California. A giant swell brought waves of up to 50 feet high to Northern California.
The aquifers in question are located in the Sonoma Lowlands sub-basin, and they are each a vital source of irrigation water for grape growing.
They founded California's first commercial abalone fisheries, but after a few short decades, they were forced out by institutional racism. Let's not repeat the same mistakes with current and future immigrants.
Experts are concerned about how rainfall could spread toxic chemicals and destabilize hillsides thus threatening to damage the region's water supply.
In response to the devastation caused by the Tubbs Fire, California needs to rethink its approach in dealing with future urban conflagrations.