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Two of the three smokestacks at Navajo Generating Station outside Page, Ariz., come tumbling down on Dec. 18, 2020.
(Michael McNamara / Salt River Project)

This is the Dec. 24, 2020, edition of Boiling Point, a weekly newsletter about climate change and the environment in California and the American West. Sign…

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The single-engine Cessna was buzzing 1,000 feet above a Northern California burn scar as UC Berkeley scientist Scott Stephens shifted excitedly in his seat and peered out the window for a better view.

Down below, heavy machinery kicked up clouds of dust as commercial loggers attempted to salvage whatever timber they could, while a vast canopy of green, gold…

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8:30 a.m. December 18th, 2020:

Explosions rocked the base of the first of the three massive smokestacks that have dominated the horizon on the western edge of the Navajo Nation for a half century.

EcoFlight’s Jonathan Kloberdanz captured the demolition of the towering stacks as part of Salt River Project’s demolition of the…

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Power plant stacks that loomed over Arizona come down

Susan Montoya Bryan with AP News

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Three towering concrete stacks that were the most visual reminders of a coal-fired power plant that operated for decades along the Arizona-Utah state line came down Friday.

The 775-foot (236-meter) structures loomed over the Navajo Generating Station, a 2,250 megawatt…

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Original Story:

The North Complex, which killed 16 people and devastated Berry Creek, took scientists by surprise and left a lasting scar on the landscape.

It will take decades, maybe even a century for the forest to grow back, says Scott Stephens, a fire scientist at UC Berkeley.

“For me, it was a…

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Photos courtesy of EcoFlight.

OROVILLE, Calif. — New video shows the widespread devastation left behind by the North Complex. 

A coalition of environmental groups sponsored the Nov. 5 flyover of the burn zone that stretches from Quincy to Oroville.