Environment
Associated Press/ Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez

Southern California wildfire grows in size

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/21/20, 03:47 am

The Bobcat fire, which began Sept. 6 in northeast Los Angeles, scorched more homes and structures in the mountainous area on Sunday. The fire destroyed the nature center at the Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area, while a Benedictine monastery in the desert community of Valyermo escaped major damage. The blaze has already burned through 156 square miles and many surrounding communities remain on evacuation alert. Bobcat is only 15 percent contained and authorities estimate it likely will burn through October due to high winds and low humidity.

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National Park Service/Photo by M. Freels

Annual bear-binging webcast underway 

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/14/20, 04:27 pm

Fans missing the usual packed lineup of live sports in the fall can tune into webcams from Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve for some serious brown bear fishing action. Bear activity is picking up in the Brooks River as the animals start bulking up for their winter hibernation.

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Ag officials identify some mystery seeds

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/04/20, 05:38 pm

Americans in at least 22 states received unsolicited packages of seeds for cabbage, hibiscus, lavender, mint, morning glory, mustard, rose, rosemary, sage, and other plants, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA is working with other agencies to investigate the packages but has no evidence they are an act of eco-terrorism or a health threat.

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