Wildfire

Unprecedented fire, wind and snowmelt in the Southwest
Unprecedented fire, wind and snowmelt in the Southwest
This may not be the driest winter, the worst fire season or even the warmest spring on record, but taken together the conditions truly are superlative.
Ashes and silver linings: Marshall Fire survivors reflect
Ashes and silver linings: Marshall Fire survivors reflect
Colorado’s most destructive fire leaves behind grief and slow recoveries.
The revenge of Big Tech
The revenge of Big Tech
When tech companies rule the world, what could go wrong?
From cribbage to wildfire in just 5 minutes
From cribbage to wildfire in just 5 minutes
Inside a Helitack crew’s fast response to wildland fires.
West Obsessed: What drives explosive wildfires?
West Obsessed: What drives explosive wildfires?
High Country News staff discusses science behind increasingly devastating blazes.
Inside the firestorm
Inside the firestorm
New technology allows scientists to see the forces behind the flames.
People cause the majority of wildfires
People cause the majority of wildfires
New research finds illegal campfires, cigarette butts and other accidental ignitions have nearly tripled the wildfire season.
Federal hiring freeze hits Western land agencies
Federal hiring freeze hits Western land agencies
It’s not clear what will happen with seasonal hires such as wildland firefighters.
Latest: California’s tree die-off is bigger than you thought
Latest: California’s tree die-off is bigger than you thought
An additional 36 million trees have died since May.
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
A desolate Oregon landscape offers lessons on the modern wild.
The disappearance of Lyle Jeffs, firefighters and threats over an endorsement
Will a twice-burned county change its ways?
Will a twice-burned county change its ways?
Don’t count on wildfires to alter how counties plan development in fire-prone zones.
Wildfires spark where growth is sprawling
Wildfires spark where growth is sprawling
Nationally, nearly a third of homes built since 2000 are in wildland areas.
The 10 most expensive wildfires in the West’s history
The 10 most expensive wildfires in the West’s history
Why suppressing wildfires costs public land agencies so much money.
Lessons from the fire line
Lessons from the fire line
Reminiscing on a half-century in the forest.
Alaska’s emergency wildfire crews are burning out
Alaska’s emergency wildfire crews are burning out
The state is grappling with more fires and fewer fighters where they need them.
Wildfire rips through California’s windy Cajon Pass
Wildfire rips through California’s windy Cajon Pass
Under potentially ‘new normal’ fire conditions, 80,000 people have been evacuated.
The West’s ‘new normal’: Another long season of volatile wildfires
The West’s ‘new normal’: Another long season of volatile wildfires
In California and across the region, drought and heat makes for big blazes.
California plans to log its drought-killed trees
California plans to log its drought-killed trees
Cutting down dead trees may not reduce wildfire risk.
Drones: the good, the bad and the ugly
Drones: the good, the bad and the ugly
As the aerial technology increases in popularity, so do its impacts.
Badger bandits, rodeo justice and the end of a beloved sidewalk
Badger bandits, rodeo justice and the end of a beloved sidewalk
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Wildfire in the West has become an uncontrollable force
Wildfire in the West has become an uncontrollable force
A former fire dispatcher says last year’s fire season pushed firefighters to the edge.
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.
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