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  • Keepers of the Flame

    Black Range District Fire Manager Toby Richards is returning fire to its natural place on New Mexico’s Gila National Forest – and leading the charge for Fire Use in the West.

  • 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.

  • Where there's fire, there's global warming

    Climate scientist Anthony Westerling is working to illuminate the connection between rising global temperatures and the increasing ferocity of the West’s forest fires

  • 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

  • Life as a fire lookout

    Life as a fire lookout

    It's a long way from Lower Manhattan to a remote fire lookout's perch in New Mexico.

  • Lack of medical care on the firelines endangers firefighters

    Lack of medical care on the firelines endangers firefighters

    Firefighter Rob Palmer crusades for better emergency medical care in memory of his brother, Andy.

  • 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

  • Is wildfire always a question of when?

    Is wildfire always a question of when?

    An innkeeper remembers the fires that roared through her beloved Chiricahua Mountains.

  • 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.

  • Don't blame it all on global climate change

    Don't blame it all on global climate change

    Climate change is a problem, but that doesn’t mean it’s responsible for every bad thing that happens in the West.

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