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  • Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like

    Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like

    Controversial new studies question the conventional wisdom on Western ponderosa forests and the severity of their historic wildfires.

  • Fire on the mountain

    Fire on the mountain

    A New Mexican watches Whitewater-Baldy fire burn the Gila National Forest, and even as it changes a place she loves, her ecologist self cheers it on.

  • Why the Southwest is burning

    Why the Southwest is burning

    This season’s wildfires are caused by three things: Climate change-induced drought, bureaucratic blindness and old-fashioned human folly.

  • West of 100: Fire & Brimstone

    West of 100: Fire & Brimstone

    The backstory to Emily Guerin's report on the scientific debate over how "normal" severe fire is, and a travelogue from the Gila Wilderness in the wake of this year's massive blaze.

  • High Country Views: Fire in the foothills

    High Country Views: Fire in the foothills

    The aftermath of Boulder's destructive Fourmile Canyon fire.

  • Global climate change: We need to talk about it

    Global climate change: We need to talk about it

    It's hard for journalists to talk about climate change, but they need to keep telling the story, especially when writing about natural disasters.

  • Wildfire's silver lining

    Wildfire's silver lining

    Even the costliest blazes can boost local economies.

  • Stand down from Western wildfires

    Stand down from Western wildfires

    A prominent wildfire expert, reacting to the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire, says it's time for a fundamental shift in policy.

  • Life rises from the ashes, in the form of a humble toad

    Ecologist Charlie Crisafulli has spent twenty-five years studying life on Mount St. Helens, especially the boreal toad, which is in decline almost everywhere else, but thriving at the volcano

  • Searching for the true causes of the West’s fire problems

    Pepper Trail, a wildlife biologist in Oregon, says that this is not the time to log our way out of wildfire threats in the West.

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