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  • 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.

  • A future of big fires and tiny bugs

    A future of big fires and tiny bugs

    A second-generation forest ranger considers how fire prevention and climate change are affecting the forests he once roamed with his father.

  • Face it: All forests are "sluts"

    Face it: All forests are "sluts"

    If an allegedly untouched piece of woodland is "virgin forest," what does that make a forest that’s been logged or burnt or otherwise used by humans over the years?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Management by mega-fire

    It’s a basic fact of Western life that fire rarely behaves the way we want it to.

  • 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.

  • Why the Southwest is burning

    Why the Southwest is burning

    This season’s wildfires are caused by three things: Climate change-induced drought, bureaucratic blindness and old-fashioned human folly.

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