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  • ‘Men standing in the shadows began to weep’

    Writers John N. Maclean and Mark Matthews look closely at two famous – and deadly – Western wildfires in their new books, The Thirtymile Fire and A Great Day to Fight Fire.

  • A former Hot Shot looks at the West’s wildfires

    Lincoln Bramwell looks back on years of firefighting and concludes that it’s just not a good idea for people to keep building houses in forests.

  • What we don't admit about wildfire

    What we don't admit about wildfire

    The West's inevitable wildfires have a terrible beauty.

  • Nostalgia for the front lines

    Nostalgia for the front lines

    A forest fire near her home in Alaska takes a former firefighter back 20 years, to the summers she spent battling blazes all across the West.

  • Good policy and good intentions won't stop big wildfires

    Good policy and good intentions won't stop big wildfires

    Federal agencies have made strides in reducing fire danger in the West's forests, but many factors hinder their efforts

  • Heard around the West

    Calendar girls get the brush-off in Carmel, Calif.; sniffing out endangered species; looking for a blonde bombshell; "The Bitchin’ Post" meets airport security; "stealth towers" in Colorado Springs

  • Drought and spring rains portend an explosive summer

    The Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies brace for a fierce fire season, and desperately seek the resources to fight it.

  • Burning down the house

    Despite the promises of the Healthy Forests Act, the Bush administration has proposed sweeping cuts to community fire programs in the West

  • Brave 'yellowbellies' served the West well

    In Smoke Jumping on the Western Fire Line, Mark Matthews tells the story of the conscientious objectors who pioneered smokejumping to fight Western forest fires during World War II

  • A former Hot Shot looks at the West’s wildfires

    Lincoln Bramwell looks back on years of firefighting and concludes that it’s just not a good idea for people to keep building houses in forests.

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