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  • More trouble waits in the wings

    The Cerro Grande fire is only the beginning of trouble, forest managers say, warning that summer monsoons on the burned hillsides could cause floods that send toxic and radioactive wastes into the Rio Grande.

  • The West's hottest question: How to burn what's bound to burn

    The forest fire that ravaged Los Alamos, N.M., stemming from a Park Service prescribed burn that swept out of control, has everyone debating the whole concept of prescribed burning in the West.

  • Yelling fire in a crowded West

    Only consensus between environmentalists and loggers and careful, sustainable forestry can protect the West from the kind of fires that ravaged Los Alamos, N.M., the writer believes.

  • 'Los Alamos is burning'

    The prescribed burn in Bandelier National Monument that roared out of control into Los Alamos, N.M., can be blamed on logging restrictions, the writer argues.

  • Wanted: experienced firefighters

    With the summer shaping up to be a hot one for fires, especially in the Southwest, the Forest Service is worried about finding enough money, firefighters and also avoiding the problems that contributed to the deaths of 14 firefighters in 1994.

  • An angry, compassionate memorial to a mysterious tragedy

    In "Fire On the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire," John N. Maclean reconstructs and analyzes all that led up to the deadly firestorm on Storm King Mountain where 14 firefighters died.

  • Lagged not logged

    "Lagged" lookout trees once climbed by nimble fire spotters still stand in the Southwest's Kaibab and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests.

  • A summer like no other looms ahead

    El Nino has brought an early fire season with a promise of a dry summer ahead for the Northern Rockies, while the Southwest and Southeast are seeing fewer fires than usual.

  • Burning down the woods

    The timber company that accidentally burned 8,000 acres of Arizona's Coconino National Forest will be allowed to bid on a salvage timber sale in the burned area.

  • Wet summer a bust for firefighters

    An unusually wet summer in the West has meant a very tame fire season, which is good news for taxpayers but bad news for the firefighters - many of them Native Americans - who depend on firefighting paychecks for a living.

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