California’s Joshua Trees Are Burning Up, May Be Impossible To Replace

"A light rain fell on the Mojave National Preserve, where firefighters continued their nearly weeklong battle Wednesday against an unusual desert wildfire that has incinerated countless Joshua trees and threatens to forever alter California’s high desert landscape.

Crews were aided by the arrival of monsoonal moisture, which brought some rain and humidity that helped slow the spread of the 82,000-acre York fire, which was about 30% contained Wednesday.

But in many ways, the damage has already been done. The fire is the largest to burn through the eastern Mojave in recorded history, surpassing the 71,000-acre Hackberry complex fire of 2005 and searing through a delicate ecosystem already strained by invasive species and the burning of fossil fuels."

Grace Toohey and Hayley Smith report for the Los Angeles Times August 3, 2023.


"York Wildfire Still Blazing, Threatening Joshua Trees In Mojave Desert" (USA TODAY)

Source: LA Times, 08/03/2023