Watch firefighters attack the North Fire in Tahoe National Forest

Tyler Medders of the Susanville Hot Shots fights the North Fire near the North Fork Campground in the Tahoe National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.
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Tyler Medders of the Susanville Hot Shots fights the North Fire near the North Fork Campground in the Tahoe National Forest on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

Stuart Leavenworth is a national correspondent for McClatchy, covering the environment, science, energy and other assignments. He landed in DC in 2017 after three years in China, as McClatchy’s Beijing Bureau Chief. Previously he worked at The Sacramento Bee and (Raleigh) News & Observer. His work has been recognized by the National Press Foundation, Best of the West and other journalism groups.