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AUG 28, 2013 - The Guardian

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California firefighters take on nature: 'This is a battle. But we have a system'

Rim fire continues to rage in the Sierra Nevada as firefighters come face-to-face with a time bomb 100 years in the makingFor a century, humans managed to tame the Sierra Nevada, investing immense effort and ingenuity to snuff out the wildfires that used to blaze through its forests.Loggers were able to go about their business without disruption, and settlers were emboldened to build homes in ever more remote areas. It was man versus nature, and man, it seemed, had won.That conceit is currently going up in smoke so powerful it is choking people hundreds of miles away. Nature has reasserted ... Read More

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