The 35,284-acre Oregon Gulch fire burning about 15 miles east of Ashland, Oregon, is now 64 percent contained, but last week, the blaze sent rare pyrocumulus (that’s fire + cumulus) clouds high into the sky. That’s when aerial photographer Jim “Hazy” Haseltine was able to capture this shot of an F-15C from Oregon’s Air National Guard with a bad-ass backdrop. A combination of lightning and dry conditions (read: record drought) sparked the fire.
Other things to know this morning:
A new report concludes that the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline could lead to four times as much carbon pollution as the State Department originally estimated.
The mining waste from last week's spill at Canada’s Mount Polley gold and copper mine may be causing the skin to fall off salmon. Scientists say the toxins from the spill could affect the area’s 1.5 million salmon for years to come.
And here's yet another reason to worry about your fishsticks: the number of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine has fallen to a historic low, with warming waters possibly playing a role. Thanks again, climate change...
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