Kurtis Alexander, SF Chronicle

Kurtis Alexander

SF Chronicle

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Recent articles by Kurtis:

Mono Lake was supposed to have been saved. It wasn’t, and now drought is drying it up

One of North America’s oldest lakes and an emblem of California’s wild beauty faces a... → Read More

California is desperate to stop mega-fires. But controversy rages over tree thinning

The Washburn Fire in Yosemite benefited from past tree-thinning projects, park officials... → Read More

California faces drought, heat, power outages and fires. It may be the cruelest summer ever

This year’s dry, warm weather is stoking fears of multiple problems like increasing water restrictions, extreme heat, power outages, wildfire and smoke — potentially all of the above in one vicious swoop. → Read More

At California’s second biggest lake, the latest fallout of drought is gruesome

100 miles north of San Francisco, crews are attempting to rescue the drought-threatened Clear Lake hitch, which are running aground in dried-up streams. → Read More

California drought: Disappointing rain and snow mean tighter water rules ahead

Key metrics signal continued drought impacts. → Read More

Big Sur’s beaches are getting wider. Researchers say it’s the result of fire and flood

Extreme wildfire and rain are washing vast amounts of sediment to sea along the Big Sur... → Read More

Drought, fires and beetles — California’s forests are dying. Is it too late to save them?

A tree die-off that started in California with last decade’s drought continues, new... → Read More

Yosemite to require reservations again this summer — here’s what to know before you go

The reservation policy at Yosemite is part of a broader effort across the National Park... → Read More

Five percent of world’s giant sequoias may have died in California wildfires this summer

Scientists have begun to question whether the world’s largest tree will survive... → Read More

The drought is going to stick around for a third year in California, federal scientists project

A new climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projects... → Read More

Recent Northern California storms made a dent in the drought. But will it be enough?

California water managers are still sizing up runoff from a week’s worth of storms, but... → Read More

Is California's wildfire season already winding down?

Fire activity across the West has moderated over the past few weeks, but high fire... → Read More

Lassen National Park to reopen after two-thirds of park burns in Dixie Fire

Visitors will be allowed limited entry into the park, starting Monday. Those returning... → Read More

How to save southern part of S.F.'s Ocean Beach

A giant sand berm is being built on San Francisco’s southern coast where roads,... → Read More

San Francisco, agriculture suppliers want their water, sue state over drought restrictions

A lawsuit filed by the city and a handful of Central Valley irrigation districts claims... → Read More

California wildfires are climbing higher up mountains, putting more forest at risk of flames

This year’s Dixie Fire is continuing a trend of wildfires burning at increasingly high... → Read More

Native American Maidu tribes get sacred Sierra land back, only to see it burn in Dixie Fire

The northern Sierra was once the domain of the Maidu people. Some of the land had... → Read More

Let it burn? Forest Service's new all-out fire suppression policy a dangerous move, critics say

This month the federal government put a ban on controlled burning across the West. Some... → Read More

Wildfire smoke is more harmful than previously thought, research shows

With several fires throwing smoky air across California, recent studies on smoke exposure... → Read More

Amid escalating drought, Bay Area residents slow to cut back on water use

Nearly a dozen of the region’s largest water suppliers that have sought cutbacks from... → Read More