Photos: The Oak Fire Is Our Most Recent Climate Crisis Red Flag (That We Probably Won’t Heed)

As of Thursday, July 28th, the Mariposa County fire measures over 19,000 acres in size

Matt Charnock
4 min readJul 28, 2022

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: Fire burns near a Smokey the Bear fire warning sign as the Oak Fire burns through the area on July 24, 2022 near Jerseydale, California. The fast-moving Oak Fire burning outside of Yosemite National Park has forced evacuations, charred over 11,500 acres and destroyed several homes since starting on Friday afternoon. The fire is zero percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

After consecutive years of demoralizing — despondent, painful, gnashing-of-teeth depressing — wildfires that tore through Northern California like riptides, 2022’s…

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Matt Charnock

SF transplant, coffee shop frequent; tiny living enthusiast. iPhone hasn’t been off silent mode in nine or so years. Former EIC of The Bold Italic.