Wildfire

West Obsessed: The legacy of sexual harassment in public-lands agencies
West Obsessed: The legacy of sexual harassment in public-lands agencies
Listen to HCN reporters discuss this long-standing institutional problem.
Climate change looms large over Obama’s Yosemite visit
Climate change looms large over Obama’s Yosemite visit
As the park prepped for President Obama’s visit, experts hope to highlight a park in flux.
El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires
El Niño adds fuel to Southwestern fires
In California, Arizona and New Mexico, an underperforming weather pattern increased wildfire risk.
Wildfire archaeology exposes treasures of the dead
Wildfire archaeology exposes treasures of the dead
Wyoming fires revealed long hidden historical artifacts.
Trial by fire
Trial by fire
Women in the male-dominated world of wildland firefighting still face harassment, abuse and sexism.
Protecting the protectors
Can cutting down trees protect New Mexico’s water?
Can cutting down trees protect New Mexico’s water?
A new collaboration seeks to ease wildfire’s impacts by thinning overgrown forests.
Southwest primed for a nasty fire season
Southwest primed for a nasty fire season
In much of California, Arizona and New Mexico El Niño and La Niña have combined to create dry fuels, ready to burn.
The life of a fire lookout is one of the senses
The life of a fire lookout is one of the senses
A former lookout finds the woman who used to guard her tower.
How an East Coast think tank is fueling the land transfer movement
How an East Coast think tank is fueling the land transfer movement
ALEC is becoming increasingly involved in the public lands debate by providing model bills for Western states.
How smokejumpers prepare for wildfire season
How smokejumpers prepare for wildfire season
Photos of the rigorous training this special type of firefighter endures.
2015 wildfires burned a record-breaking 10.1 million acres
2015 wildfires burned a record-breaking 10.1 million acres
Fires in Alaska help to smash 2006 record.
Latest: Arizona forest restoration project falls short
Latest: Arizona forest restoration project falls short
The Four Forest Restoration Initiative was supposed to be the largest such project ever attempted.
Is the West prepared for climate change?
Is the West prepared for climate change?
A new report shows most states are vulnerable to future increases in extreme heat, drought, and flooding.
Five new studies that change our understanding of permafrost
Five new studies that change our understanding of permafrost
Why they matter, even if you don’t live in the Arctic.
The last stand of the West's fire lookouts
The last stand of the West's fire lookouts
Fire detection is becoming more technologically advanced, as the old-fashioned watchtower goes extinct.
Chronicling seven decades of parachuting into wildfires
Chronicling seven decades of parachuting into wildfires
A review of Jason A. Ramos and Julian Smith's “Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters“
Gun-toting toddlers in the desert and drunk Brits in the Grand Canyon
Gun-toting toddlers in the desert and drunk Brits in the Grand Canyon
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Coalbed methane explainer and post-fire logging.
Washington's long summer of fire and smoke
Washington's long summer of fire and smoke
Congress tries to speed up contentious post-fire logging
Congress tries to speed up contentious post-fire logging
New legislation comes despite science showing timber salvage harms essential wildlife habitat
For the Lassics lupine, wilderness is a mixed blessing
For the Lassics lupine, wilderness is a mixed blessing
The Wilderness Act has complicated efforts to protect the rare California wildflower.
Dispatch from Valley Fire evacuation camp in California
Dispatch from Valley Fire evacuation camp in California
State officials are calling the Lake County blaze one of the fastest-moving fires in memory.