Kirk Siegler

Kirk Siegler appears in the following:

Drought Relief Program Doesn't Extend To Renters In Tulare County, Calif.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Emergency management officials in Tulare County in California's Central Valley field dozens of calls from residents reporting their wells have run dry. Getting help to them has proven challenging.


#NPRreads: Lying About Sept. 11, And California's Drought-Stricken Levees

Friday, September 25, 2015

Also this week: What Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath teach us about the true nature of America.


Fall Brings No Relief To The West As Wildfires Worsen

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Even as fall has arrived, the number of homes and businesses destroyed by wildfires keeps going up in the drought-stricken West.


Las Vegas, N.M., Needs Amtrak To Help It Draw More Tourists

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In northern New Mexico, many rural communities are worried about the possible loss of Amtrak's Southwest Chief. One historic railroad town has been trying to attract tourists with the train.


California Officials Warn Of No Swift End To Severe Fire Season

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

It has been a record year for wildfires in California, and officials are warning that the end is not yet in sight. NPR checks in on the fires burning in Northern California and the Sierra Nevada.


Calif. Firefighters Ensure Sequoias Are Protected From Rough Fire's Flames

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

While California's Rough Fire is not threatening as many homes or businesses as other fires, it has attracted a lot of fire-fighting resources. The fire is burning near a grove of giant sequoias.


Rough Fire Spreads Near Ancient Sequoia Grove In California

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Valley fire is just one of more than a dozen currently burning in California. The largest, the Rough Fire, is burning near a grove of ancient Sequoias. It is currently 40 percent contained.


Rich In Charm But Losing Money, Amtrak's Southwest Chief May Fade Away

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Amtrak's Southwest Chief train line travels from Los Angeles all the way to Chicago. Despite its nostalgic charm, the Chief is now under threat of closure.


Prisons In California To Limit Number Of Inmates In Solitary Confinement

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Advocates are hailing the court settlement that they say could lead the way to ending widespread solitary confinement and other harsh treatment of prisoners in the state's corrections system.


Worsening Wildfire Seasons Tax The Forest Service

Friday, August 28, 2015

The agency says it's now spending record amounts on fire suppression, and these bills are coming at the expense of its other programs — many of which would help prevent future wildfires.


New Mexico Rejoices As Years-Long Drought Finally Eases

Friday, August 21, 2015

Drought and wildfires are the top news from most of the West. But it is a different story in much of New Mexico, where more than half of the state is no longer in a drought, after nearly 10 years.


Armed 'Oath Keepers' Celebrate Montana Miners' Incremental Victory

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Oath Keepers group that's making headlines for its presence in Ferguson, Mo., is best known for mobilizing its self-described "security forces" to standoffs with federal land managers in the West.


Jeb Bush Criticizes Obama, Clinton For Spread Of ISIS

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush outlined his strategy to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California on Tuesday.


Veteran Firefighter: Rocky Fire Has 'Most Extreme Fire Behavior I've Ever Seen'

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The California fire is unusually intense and unpredictable. But between climate change and the impact of decades of poor management, such wildfires may be the new normal.


Some Evacuees Of Calif. Fire Skip Red Cross For Neighborhood Shelters

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Thousands of people are under evacuation orders as firefighters battle the Rocky Fire in Northern California, but getting those evacuees to shelters has been difficult.


'All You Can Do Is Pray': Wildfire Rages In Northern California

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Rocky Fire continues to grow as crews struggle to protect homes and businesses.


Historic Drought Fuels Nearly 2 Dozen California Wildfires

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Thousands have been evacuated in California, as crews continue to battle the Rocky Fire, about 100 miles north of San Francisco. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity could help firefighting efforts this week. Across the state, nearly two-dozen wildfires are burning.


As The West Craves Drought Relief, El Nino May Do More Harm Than Good

Friday, July 31, 2015

There is much hype around a potential El Nino that could help ease the drought on the West Coast. But there are concerns that a deluge of rain could do more harm than good for the long term drought outlook.


In Drier Washington State, Fire Chiefs Say Wildfires Could Scorch Any City

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The state is grappling with the growing phenomenon of the "urban wildfire." That's when blazes that ignite in forests spread rapidly into recently built subdivisions and whole towns.


Wildfire Worries Rage In Typically 'Wet' Washington State

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Exceptionally dry conditions are fueling major blazes across the Pacific Northwest. A drought and rapid development in Washington mean the state may not be prepared to deal with a long, hot summer.