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  • Collaboration may prevent conflagration in Santa Fe

    The Santa Fe Watershed Partners Group is working with the Santa Fe National Forest to find an environmentally sensible way to thin and burn a New Mexico forest that has become a fire hazard.

  • Prescribed burns tame the beast

    Fighting fire with fire is becoming more common in the West, as the Forest Service uses prescribed burns to tackle wildfires.

  • The tail of a dragon?

    Fire specialists fear that giant wildfires such as the Rodeo-Chediski in Arizona and the Hayman Fire in Colorado may become more common in the Rocky Mountains and Southwest.

  • The anatomy of fire

    A visit to the biggest forest fire in Colorado history - the Hayman Fire - and time spent with some of those battling it leads the author to speculate on the mystery and complexity of humanity's relationship with fire.

  • New Mexico loggers get 'police power'

    In New Mexico, environmentalists are aghast at a new law, approved by legislators of both parties, that gives counties 'police power' to cut trees in national forests threatened by fire.

  • Montana gets a taste of old-time logging

    Critics say a massive salvage-logging operation in the wildfire-burned Sula State Forest, Mont., won't leave enough snags and downed trees for wildlife and forest rejuvenation.

  • After the fires, Part I

    An introduction to this issue's lead story and the next talks about the need for changes in the Forest Service's fire policy, especially in the West.

  • The Big Blowup

    A historian of fire recalls the "Big Blowup" of 1910, an explosion of wildfire in Idaho that took 78 lives, made a hero of ranger Ed Pulaski, and helped to share a century of fire policy on the national forests.

  • Making forests safe again won't be a walk in thepark

    On Arizona's Coconino National Forest outside of Flagstaff, foresters are working to thin the overgrown, doghair woods to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

  • The West's fire survivors

    A look at the Intermountain West's trees notes how the different species adapt to and even profit from periodic fires.

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