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Over many decades studying sequoias, Nate Stephenson had never seen old-growth sequoias die in large numbers until recently. "That's just unheard of," he says. When the first images emerged after the Castle Fire hit, he wasn't prepared. Lauren Sommer/NPR hide caption

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During recent blackouts in California, people like Fern Brown (left) and her sister, Lavina Suehead, came to a pop-up community center at the Auburn, Calf., fairgrounds to use electricity. Brown, 81, needed a treatment for her chronic lung condition. Mark Kreidler/California Healthline hide caption

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