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LOOKOUT PM: Fires make their own weather; UCSC researchers rescuing abalone

A happy Tuesday evening to all — and particularly to Lookout’s indefatigable Deputy Managing Editor, Mark Conley, who’s celebrating another trip around the sun today. Cheers from the Lookout Santa Cruz Staff ... this Lookout PM is on us.

And for those headed out for a late meal or the like, a reminder to be patient with our local establishments as they struggle with a labor shortage.

With that, a look at the day’s headlines ...

Fires creating own dangerous weather

A view of the Dixie Fire from a PG&E camera
(Screenshot via PG&E)

Dixie, Tamarack blazes surpass 100,000 acres: After Monday saw the Dixie fire, burning in Butte and Plumas counties, generate its own lightning, the Tamarack fire, on the California-Nevada border, did the same Tuesday. More here from our partners at the Los Angeles Times.

Wildfire Resource Center: Everything you need to be prepared before, during and after a wildfire

‘She never left her cub’

A mother bear standing over the body of her cub, killed by a vehicle in Yosemite National Park.
(Yosemite National Park via Facebook)

Heartbreaking photo shows danger cars pose to Yosemite’s bears: A viral Facebook post urging motorists to drive slowly through Yosemite National Park shows the tragic reality that deadly collisions leave in their wake. Read more from the Times here.

‘The landscape of fear’: Big cats pay a price for avoiding areas now inhabited by humans

UCSC researchers to the rescue

Abalone
(Via Pixabay)

California’s black abalone, already vulnerable to climate change, increasingly threatened by wildfire: In Big Sur, scientists from UC Santa Cruz and elsewhere are rescuing abalone from landslides caused by the Dolan fire and moving them to safety in neighborhoods where “resident abalone” already thrive. More here from our partners at Inside Climate News.

Humpback health in the crosshairs: UCSC scientists used pandemic calm to compare, contrast whale stress

New low for Netflix market share

A man watches TV
(Via Pixabay)

Competition has streaming service below 50% for first time: Los Gatos-based Netflix’s global digital audience market share for original series dropped below 50% for the first time, according to Parrot Analytics, as it faces competition from Disney+ and others. Read more from the Times here.

Digging into recall candidates’ tax returns

Stacks of documents
(Via CalMatters)

Six things to know: Candidates in the Sept. 14 vote on recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom were required to submit tax returns to get on the ballot. Among the takeaways was that Republican businessman John Cox reported zero taxable income in 2019. More here from our partners at CalMatters.

What’s on your calendar?

BOLO

Never too early to scope out the weekend: True, tomorrow is only Wednesday, but that means there’s light at the end of this tunnel we call the workweek. And Wallace Baine and Lookout’s dedicated Team BOLO have you covered with event listings from all over Santa Cruz County. Check it out here.

That’s it for today, but we’ll do it all again tomorrow.