Three Australian states face more dangerous bushfire weather from Thursday

High temperatures and unpredictable winds expected to hit South Australia, before reaching Victoria and New South Wales by Friday Firefighters and residents in south-eastern Australia are bracing for the return of dangerous weather conditions on Thursday and Friday. Australias bushfire crisis has killed at least 26 people, including three volunteer firefighters. After milder weather at the start of this week, conditions will worsen in parts of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia from Thursday. Temperatures of 40C and unpredictable winds are set to sweep through a range of fire zones. In South Australia, Thursday will be the day of greatest concern, while NSW and Victoria are likely to have a difficult day on Friday. An extreme fire danger rating …

Northern Californians face days of power shutoffs amid high wildfire threat

Schools and businesses close as countrys biggest utility, PG&E, cuts electricity and gas to record swath of region Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on generators. Much of northern California is facing life without electricity or gas for as many as five to seven days, after the countrys largest utility company #BayArea ahead of the expected @PGE4Me says shut off will to reduce fire danger. pic.twitter.com/qiPJpqoRKF considered closing a tunnel that sees about 160,000 vehicles a day, before finding the traffic collisions involving injuries occurred at intersections without traffic lights in Santa Rosa. For some residents in the Oakland Hills, the impending shutoffs brought up memories of past disasters. Shirley Vezilich was living at …

After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

In 2017, thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, California, were wiped off the map. Now the community is helping residents cope with the trauma The nightmares kept coming and David Leal knew he was in trouble. A navy veteran with a can-do attitude and a solidly middle-class IT job at a hospital in Santa Rosa, California, he didnt think of himself as mentally vulnerable. But when the Tubbs fire snatched his house off the face of the earth in the early morning hours of 9 October 2017, it hit him hard. Long story short, I went through a lot of PTSD, Leal says, as we tour his nearly rebuilt home in Santa Rosas Coffey Park neighborhood. Wildfires are not uncommon …