Independent news has never been so important.

Did you know that you can get Democracy Now! delivered to your inbox every day? Sign up for our Daily News Digest today! Don't worry, we'll never share or sell your information.

Wildfires: Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Northern California

HeadlineAug 25, 2021

President Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for parts of Northern California to help areas devastated by the climate-fueled Dixie and River fires. Over 1.5 million acres of land have burned so far this year in California, and the number is growing as the Caldor Fire is less than 10% contained. It is now threatening communities near Lake Tahoe. Air quality alerts linked to smoke from the wildfires have been issued in seven states: California, Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Residents of Reno, Nevada, are being urged to stay home with their windows closed, because the air is so unsafe to breathe. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, more than 400 firefighters are battling a large blaze near the Canadian border. One official compared the Greenwood Fire to a freight train, saying, “Once it starts rolling, it starts to build up steam and feed off itself.”

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation