Fire and other ravages jeopardize prized forests

Brian Melley / Associated Press

Hugh Safford, an environmental science and policy researcher at the University of California, Davis, is silhouetted as he examines damage from the 2021 Caldor Fire in Eldorado National Forest, Calif., near Lake Tahoe on Oct. 22, 2022.

KYBURZ, Calif. — On a steep mountainside where walls of flames torched the forest on their way toward Lake Tahoe in 2021, blackened trees stand in silhouette against a gray sky.