California’s Forests are on Fire…Again

In Analysis by Michael Rae

Gray skies, ash covering the streets, and the perfume of the burning forest have become an all-too-common occurrence of summer in the West. 
On July 29, at approximately 2:15 PM, a wildfire ignited in northern Siskiyou county, where almost 50 percent of the land is federally managed. 
By the end of the day, the blaze had grown to over 315 acres; not as bad as it could be, considering the 100-degree temperatures and the rugged terrain it was burning. 
In just 24 hours, the McKinney Fire exploded to over 30,000 acres. 
In two days, the inferno had grown to the largest fire in the

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