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When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
2011's huge wildfires and what they portend. Spoiler: More dead trees.
Jan. 26, 2015
Female firefighters threaten to sue the Forest Service — again
Four decades after the first allegations of discrimination, some say little has changed.
Sept. 24, 2014
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
Sarah Jane Keller
Sept. 18, 2014
Thumbs up and still breathing
Review of “Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life on Fire” by Jerry D. Mathes II
Andrea Clark Mason
June 9, 2014
The great nonflagration?
Despite a few high-profile wildfires, 2013 was a fairly quiet fire season after all.
Nov. 25, 2013
A California Hotshot photographs his life fighting wildfires
Get a rare peek into what it's really like on the job.
Aug. 23, 2013
Smokey Bear: From cute to buff, and in between
Smokey Bear’s many image changes over the years reflect the Forest Service’s changing attitudes toward wildfire.
July 23, 2012
Controversial forestry scientist Tom Bonnicksen believes increased logging is necessary to fight global warming.
Jane Braxton Little
Nov. 10, 2008
Fire, fire everywhere
Despite the growing threat of Western wildfire, most of us are still pretending it will go away if we just ignore it.
Sept. 2, 2008
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