Wally Sipher

My Sister Judy


The Camp Fire that burned through Butte County, CA on Nov. 8, 2018 destroyed over 150,000 acres. It also claimed more than 85 lives. Wally Sipher’s sister, Judy, was one of them. 



Wildfire and Climate Change

PARADISE, California — Wildfires have made and remade the California landscape for centuries. But in recent years, they have spread farther and become deadlier, and the fire season itself has grown longer. Nine of the 10 most destructive fires in recorded California history have occurred since 2000. Topping the grim list as we began work on the American Climate project was the November 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and incinerated more than 18,000 structures — including virtually the entire town of Paradise. Fires once again exploded all over the state in 2019, with the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County alone consuming an area double the size of San Francisco and steadily moving toward the city of Santa Rosa.

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