Wildfire

Some former California prisoners may become professional wildfire fighters
Some former California prisoners may become professional wildfire fighters
Amid a raging fire season and pandemic, the Western U.S. seeks experienced fire crews to battle its conflagrations.
Southwest experiences mass bird die-off
Southwest experiences mass bird die-off
‘To see this many individuals and species dying is a national tragedy.’
West coast wildfires signal a planetary fire age
West coast wildfires signal a planetary fire age
Beyond climate change, history has helped create the pyrocene.
Burn out: Frequent fires are changing Western landscapes
Burn out: Frequent fires are changing Western landscapes
Previously burned areas are less likely to re-burn, but intense fires could erase forests.
Extreme wildfires make their own dangerous weather
Extreme wildfires make their own dangerous weather
And climate change is making it even worse.
COVID-19 is complicating Seattle’s response to wildfire smoke
COVID-19 is complicating Seattle’s response to wildfire smoke
What happens when one public health threat compounds the risks of another?
California’s incarcerated firefighters face dangerous work, low pay and COVID-19
California’s incarcerated firefighters face dangerous work, low pay and COVID-19
More than a thousand of the crucial wildfire fighting crews have been placed in quarantine after possible exposure to coronavirus.
Wildland firefighters are risking their mental health
Wildland firefighters are risking their mental health
As climate change lengthens fire seasons, will the government do enough to protect them?
The Forest Service should embrace a full-time workforce
The Forest Service should embrace a full-time workforce
Permanently investing in firefighters would improve the health of employees and the landscapes we protect.
The border wall threatens decades of binational wildlife conservation
The border wall threatens decades of binational wildlife conservation
Binational groups are preserving migratory corridors and restoring degraded areas in the Borderlands. Will the landscape be severed?
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
Keeping first responders socially distant, and evacuating communities safely, would be a challenge.
The fire we need
The fire we need
Can managed fire heal more than just the forests?
Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19?
Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19?
New research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe makes the disease more threatening.
Extreme wildfires are changing Western forests
Extreme wildfires are changing Western forests
New studies show how high-intensity fires alter flower pollen, soil health and tree growth.
After the Camp Fire, Paradise is still home
After the Camp Fire, Paradise is still home
How our connection to place will shape the future of the West.
Trump administration manipulated wildfire science to promote logging
Trump administration manipulated wildfire science to promote logging
Emails show Interior appointees crafted a narrative that blamed forest protection efforts for wildfires.
FEMA spent billions fighting California wildfires. Now, it wants victims to pay it back.
FEMA spent billions fighting California wildfires. Now, it wants victims to pay it back.
The agency is pushing bankrupt PG&E to reimburse the taxpayer money it spent on disaster relief.
What’s the best way to save California’s redwoods?
What’s the best way to save California’s redwoods?
Scientists debate whether controlled burns and logging are really the best way to preserve the state’s iconic forests.
How not to fight a fire
How not to fight a fire
Will we learn to confront an existential threat to the West for what it is?
California could have helped low-income residents weather PG&E blackouts
California could have helped low-income residents weather PG&E blackouts
The state had a program — and $72 million — but hardly anyone applied.
When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid
When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid
U.S. citizens recovering from natural disasters receive $26 per person, per year from the federal government. Tribal citizens? Just $3.
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
A growing economy, looser regulations and uptick in fires are all factors.
In California, more than 340,000 lose wildfire insurance
In California, more than 340,000 lose wildfire insurance
Residents are left with little to no options in the state’s fire-prone areas.
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