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  • Fighting fire and memories

    Fighting fire and memories

    A seasoned Forest Service firefighter remembers Colorado's South Canyon Fire and the lives lost in it 16 years ago.

  • Are we ready to learn the lessons of fire and flood?

    Sen. Larry Craig’s suggestion that New Orleans’ 9th Ward be restored as a wetland may represent a newfound respect for the power of nature and the limits of the human ability to control it

  • Yellowstone fires still ignite controversy

    In Scorched Earth, journalist Rocky Barker describes firsthand the chaos and consequences of the Yellowstone fires

  • The San Francisco Peaks will never be the same

    The San Francisco Peaks will never be the same

    An abandoned campfire is apparently to blame for the inferno now consuming the mountains outside Flagstaff, Ariz.

  • The West’s wacky weather

    The West’s weather is full of surprises this spring, with snowstorms, windstorms, rain and wildfires all happening at the same time.

  • Fire fight: Forest Service explores chemical retardant hazards

    Fire fight: Forest Service explores chemical retardant hazards

    The Forest Service finally assesses the impacts of fire retardant chemicals, but never answers the question of how useful they really are.

  • Manufactured homes for the birds

    Zoologist David Olson and his colleagues are trying to create artificial cacti to house the rare coastal cactus wren, whose cholla cactus habitat is being threatened by California’s recent wildfires.

  • The worst manmade wildfires

    Most Western wildfires today are caused by humans, either accidentally or deliberately.

  • Dead man working

    Dead man working

    When Robert Palmer began crusading for better medical care on the firelines in memory of his brother, he realized -- as many reformers do -- that one of the problems lies in the risk-accepting culture of firefighting and other outdoor occupations.

  • 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

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