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  • As fire season ignites, Smokey Bear's legacy lingers

    Land managers have been talking about letting more wildfires burn, but the recent blowup of the Peppin Fire near Capitan, N.M. – home of Smokey Bear – leads to renewed talk of aggressive fire suppression

  • Back down the fireline

    In Fire and Ashes: On the Front Lines of American Wildfire, John N. Mclean leads readers through sweaty-palmed human encounters with Western wildfires

  • California prepares for the next burn

    California prepares for the next burn

    Public officials – and even homeowners – are beginning to accept the inevitability of wildfires in the Golden State.

  • Debate rages over firefighting airplanes

    Citing safety concerns, the federal government has canceled contracts for 33 privately owned large air tankers, usually used to fight Western wildfires

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Heard around the West

    Gail Kimbell and the vanishing Forest Service budget; not saying the Pledge in Mesa, Ariz.; racing old beaters in California; talkative men’s rooms; saying it (the Miranda warning, that is) with flowers.

  • Heard around the West

    Forest Service fire liaison busted for tossing cigarette butts; Interior decorator Gale Norton; horse slasher; cell phones vs. snakes; neighborhood with the slurry on top; tough on crime at Yellowstone; and Bonner County, Idaho, is quiet

  • Heard around the West

    Firefighting fisherman; Denver’s dangerous principal; peregrine falcons and bridges; San Francisco’s parrots; jaguar gets the finger in Albuquerque

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