| Wildfires rage across the West, earlier than usual this year Lori Morris; nytimes.com|
While the Angora fire raging near Lake Tahoe is getting all the attention, more than a dozen other major wildfires are also burning around the drought-stricken West. They're the result of a perfect storm of fuel accumulation (thanks to years of fire suppression), climate change and rural sprawl.
The rest of us are paying the price. With firefighting efforts focused on saving scenic homes, there are fewer resources available for protecting public lands. And the fire season has just begun.—Dawn Stover