Wildfire

Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington
Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington
What base camp and wildfire look like from one firefighter's perspective.
The nature of fire has dramatically changed
The nature of fire has dramatically changed
What we've lost in the Methow Valley wildfires
What we've lost in the Methow Valley wildfires
Three firefighters have died as fires continue to rip through Washington.
BLM launches a native seeds strategy for damaged landscapes
BLM launches a native seeds strategy for damaged landscapes
The initiative aims to restore burned ecosystems and target fire-prone invasives like cheatgrass.
Climate showdown, increase in driving, where the wildfires are this season, and more.
When the wildfire season never ends
When the wildfire season never ends
As fire season gets longer, fire managers scramble to keep up.
Plants that burn fastest in a wildfire
Plants that burn fastest in a wildfire
Lichen burns cool and quick, while spruce burns slow and hot.
After one record-setting wildfire, a Washington county prepares for more
After one record-setting wildfire, a Washington county prepares for more
As wildfires get bigger, is there any way to be ready?
Is aerial firefighting worth it?
Is aerial firefighting worth it?
Aerial firefighting is dangerous, expensive and environmentally damaging. So why do we do it?
Young men and fire
Young men and fire
Review of "On the Burning Edge: A Fateful Fire and the Men Who Fought It" by Kyle Dickman.
The 2015 fire season hasn’t broken any all-time records — yet
The 2015 fire season hasn’t broken any all-time records — yet
The usually fire-prone Southwest has burned less than the Pacific Northwest, California and Alaska.
Climate-vulnerable pikas may be surprisingly resilient to wildfire
Climate-vulnerable pikas may be surprisingly resilient to wildfire
These high-elevation creatures may find insulation in talus fields, according to new research.
Hot times usher in early Northwest wildfire season
Hot times usher in early Northwest wildfire season
While Oregon and Washington broil, the Southwest and Southern Rockies enjoy a welcome reprieve of moisture
Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Snowpack is above normal in spots, but doesn't make up for its lack earlier in the year.
More Alaskan forests are burning, not just due to climate change
More Alaskan forests are burning, not just due to climate change
Populated areas are seeing a large increase in wildfire, despite suppression efforts.
Congress considers treating wildfire like other natural disasters
Congress considers treating wildfire like other natural disasters
The proposal to use emergency funding faces a key obstacle: Sen. Murkowski.
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
A new study suggests hot dry weather, not beetles, make forests go up in smoke.
Drought persists in the Northwest, despite winter rains
Drought persists in the Northwest, despite winter rains
Water supplies and drought outlooks are grim in most Western states.
The art – and science – of forecasting wildfires
The art – and science – of forecasting wildfires
This model could eliminate guesswork and predict fire according to geography.
Early start to wildfire season
Early start to wildfire season
Blazes in California and Utah have officials on alert, but what they spell for the coming season is unclear.
When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
2011's huge wildfires and what they portend. Spoiler: More dead trees.
Female firefighters threaten to sue the Forest Service — again
Female firefighters threaten to sue the Forest Service — again
Four decades after the first allegations of discrimination, some say little has changed.
How the hot and dry West is killing Rocky Mountain forests
How the hot and dry West is killing Rocky Mountain forests
A new report summarizes how climate change is accelerating tree death from fires, bark beetles and drought