National Academy of Sciences warns Earth could become ‘hothouse’

Thinking of buying a new RV? You might want to consider adding an extra air conditioner, a larger awning complete with sunshades all around, and spending more time at campgrounds in higher altitudes. According to a report by the National Academy of Sciences, a domino effect will kick in if global temperatures rise more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, leading to…

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Mendocino Complex wildfire grows to largest in California history

The River and Ranch wildfires in Northern California, known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, continue to rage out of control, now having burned more than 283,000 acres. The two blazes that began burning through Northern California late last month have grown at breathtaking speed to form a massive inferno that has now set a new mark for destruction, reports the…

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Mendocino Complex wildfires now 2nd largest in CA history, nearing 1st

MONDAY, AUG. 6: Over the weekend the Mendocino Complex Fire jumped creeks, firelines, and roads and is already the second-largest wildfire in California’s history by acres burned, reports Fortune.com. As of Monday morning, the blaze had consumed 273,664 acres and destroyed 75 homes, as well as 68 other structures, according to Cal Fire. It is remarkable that there have been no…

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Thor partners with Indiana schools on RV tech certification

Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. is partnering with the Indiana State Board of Education and Wa-Nee Community Schools on a vocational training program for RV techs, writes Gerry Dick in Inside Indiana Business. The company says the Recreation Vehicle Construction Graduation Pathway will provide high school students the hands-on training needed for a career in RV manufacturing. The program, approved by the…

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Active-duty soldiers deploying to battle CA wildfires

With a long summer of western wildfires ahead, especially in California, some additional help is coming for fighting the raging infernos. A day after President Trump declared the California wildfires a “major disaster,” the U.S. military said it’s preparing to deploy hundreds of active-duty soldiers with engineering specialties to combat the blazes, Fox News reports. Roughly 200 active-duty U.S. Army soldiers…

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Home schooling increasing for kids of fulltime RVers

If you’ve dreamed of fulltime RVing after your kids grow up and move out, it may not be necessary to wait. As the number of fulltime RVers hitting the road increases, more and more younger parents with school-age children are finding home schooling provides a broader, more rounded education than traditional schools provide.  Chelsea Gonzales loves to travel, and she…

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OR state parks could increase rates – or not

Camping at your favorite Oregon State Park campsite could become more expensive – or, in fact, less expensive – if a new Oregon Parks and Recreation Department proposal is adopted, reports central Oregon’s KTVZ. The Parks Department said Wednesday it is seeking public comment on proposed rules that would allow the agency to enact flexible rates within a set range…

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Montana and Idaho wildfires continue expansion

The central Idaho Sharps wildfire grew to 100 square miles on Saturday, reports the Seattle Times, advancing into remote, mountainous terrain as nearly 500 firefighters battled the fire about 6 miles east of Bellevue, Idaho. Authorities say the wildfire’s transition into more remote areas means aircraft and firefighters on foot will be used rather than fire engines and bulldozers. The…

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