What you need to know about the 17 wildfires across California

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Bursts of solar energy severed radio communication during 2017’s hurricane mayhem

While three hurricanes swirled in the Caribbean and Atlantic Oceans on September 6, 2017, the sun blasted off a powerful flare of energy, which soon smacked into Earth and severed radio communications across half the planet for hours.


Just four days later, another solar flare — an intense burst of radiation from the sun — hit Earth and again disrupted communications, as major storms continued to churn toward land.

This confluence of tempestuous weather both on Earth and in space was recently described by scientists in the journal Space Weather, the research led by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers…


What you need to know about the 17 wildfires across California

There were 17 major wildfires burning across California, consuming a combined 200,000 acres as of Sunday, said Jonathan Cox, battalion chief and information officer with Cal Fire.

“We’ve had 17 fires before,” Cox said. “But these are impacting communities — and they’re large fires, not small.”

With so many fires burning near populated areas, “resources are obviously stretched thin,” he said…

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