Shasta-Trinity National Forest

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How a State With Little Rain Suffered a Huge Mudslide

Mt. Shasta lacked the snow that would have protected glacier from sun

(Newser) - The US Forest Service thinks it knows what caused the boulder-filled mudslide that surged down Northern California's Mt. Shasta on Saturday: the Golden State’s extreme drought conditions . According to the LA Times , scientists think water gushed down from the Konwakiton Glacier, causing a mudslide that picked up increasing... More »

Firefighters' Helicopter Crashes; 9 Feared Dead

Another 4 are injured in northern California

(Newser) - Nine people are missing and presumed dead and another four are badly burned after a helicopter carrying firefighters crashed in northern California, the Los Angeles Times reports. The helicopter went down Tuesday in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, but the cause is unclear. Those on board were helping fight a 27-square-mile... More »

8,000 Lightning Bolts Spark California Fires

44,000 acres burn in 700 blazes

(Newser) - Thousands of lightning strikes over a wide swath of Northern California ignited more than 700 wildfires that have burned some 44,000 tinder-dry acres of grassland, brush and forest. Firefighters managed to protect most homes in almost all of the fires. The historically bad fire season has been spurred by... More »

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