Wildfire

The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests
The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests
Range fires get bigger every year, threatening sagebrush habitat and rural towns.
A memoir of sorrow and grace
A memoir of sorrow and grace
Pam Houston conveys the pleasures and challenges of rural life.
After nearly going extinct, Washington’s pygmy rabbits need room to grow
After nearly going extinct, Washington’s pygmy rabbits need room to grow
Recovering the endangered rabbits will test society’s willingness to let nature reclaim a landscape.
See where PFAS pollution has been confirmed in the American West
See where PFAS pollution has been confirmed in the American West
Western states lag behind in both monitoring and regulating the class of ‘forever chemicals.’
Plumbing the Gila for solace and hope
Plumbing the Gila for solace and hope
A new book contemplates nature, solitude, grief and grace.
Wildfire escape routes? There’s (almost) an app for that.
Wildfire escape routes? There’s (almost) an app for that.
Scientists are using crowdsourced data to help firefighters flee dangerous flames.
Fires are indiscriminate. Recovery isn’t.
Fires are indiscriminate. Recovery isn’t.
The disparate timeframes of rebuilding in California’s wine country and its poorest county, shown by data.
Western forests have a ‘fire debt’ problem
Western forests have a ‘fire debt’ problem
Planned burns can reduce wildfire risks, but expanding use of ‘good fire’ isn’t easy.
Fire-starting ranchers get a new blessing from BLM
Fire-starting ranchers get a new blessing from BLM
The agency hopes the Hammonds’ cows will reduce fire risk in eastern Oregon.
The Karuk Tribe fights a growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding
The Karuk Tribe fights a growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding
Surrounded by forests they often can’t manage without breaking the law, California tribes struggle to protect themselves from wildfires.
‘Things are not going to get better for a long time’
‘Things are not going to get better for a long time’
PG&E’s bankruptcy complicates an already difficult recovery for Camp Fire survivors.
New bill leaves lands protected, lawmaking neglected
New bill leaves lands protected, lawmaking neglected
A bipartisan public lands bill punts on overhauling environmental policies.
Western voters care more about climate than ‘energy dominance’
Western voters care more about climate than ‘energy dominance’
An annual survey reveals a leap in support of conservation policies.
Update: Forest thinning won’t stop destructive fires
Update: Forest thinning won’t stop destructive fires
Fire-proof structures can prevent homes from adding to fuel loads in wildfires.
What happened with your insurance after wildfire?
What happened with your insurance after wildfire?
Help us investigate the opaque wildfire insurance industry by sharing your experience.
After natural disasters, workers rebuild — and face exploitation
After natural disasters, workers rebuild — and face exploitation
Immigrant workers and day laborers are especially vulnerable to health risks and wage theft.
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The year in essays, analysis and investigations from across the Western U.S.
Batsh*t bafflegab?; flatearthers not on a ball; trolling the troll
Batsh*t bafflegab?; flatearthers not on a ball; trolling the troll
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva intends to force a reckoning with climate change
Rep. Raúl Grijalva intends to force a reckoning with climate change
A Democratic spitfire takes the helm of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Resilience depends on economics and history as much as fuel.
After the Camp Fire, forensic teams seek the lost
After the Camp Fire, forensic teams seek the lost
For response teams in Paradise, physical and emotional risks remain.
California wildfires weren’t always this destructive
California wildfires weren’t always this destructive
Indigenous residents say traditional practices and careful burns could temper blazes.
How to prepare for a wildfire
How to prepare for a wildfire
Some basic steps to stay safe if you live near Western wildlands.
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