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  • (Don't) Let it burn

    (Don't) Let it burn

    A "temporary" policy change requires Forest Service firefighters to put out fires they might have let burn in previous years, for fear of them raging out of control.

  • Notes from a wildfire refugee

    Notes from a wildfire refugee

    When wildfire forces locals to flee their beloved Colorado homes, people begin to talk more openly than they used to about climate change.

  • Fire and ancient forests belong together

    Matthew Koehler says that fire and old-growth forests are longtime allies, not natural foes.

  • This is the time to make land management make sense

    Ed Quillen has suggestions for how to fix the West by consolidating the federal land agencies and charging people to build in Stupid Zones.

  • Change we could believe in

    Change we could believe in

    How to fix the West by consolidating land agencies and charging people to build in Stupid Zones.

  • Can the Forest Service get back on track?

    Can the Forest Service get back on track?

    Recovering integrity and efficiency after President Bush leaves office.

  • Trapped by fire on a mountain lookout

    Trapped by fire on a mountain lookout

    Dixie Boyle recalls the Trigo Fire, which came unnervingly close to the lookout she staffed in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico.

  • All along the watchtower

    Andrew McNair, who works weekends at a computer in Olympia, Wash., is not your typical Western fire watcher.

  • Fire, fire everywhere

    Despite the growing threat of Western wildfire, most of us are still pretending it will go away if we just ignore it.

  • A Wyoming forest yearns to burn

    Bill Sniffin warns that Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest is ready to go up in flames.

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