Wildfire

From bears to condors, the West’s wildlife is finding ways to survive
From bears to condors, the West’s wildlife is finding ways to survive
Five ways science is finding unexpected resilience in animals.
Climate change forced me to leave the place that I love
Climate change forced me to leave the place that I love
After finding their dream town, a family fled drought and fire.
Logging isn’t the solution to our wildfire problems
Logging isn’t the solution to our wildfire problems
We can’t ‘solve’ fire any more than we can ‘solve’ hurricanes.
Forest Service leadership lands in Southern hands
Forest Service leadership lands in Southern hands
A new chief steps in as Western forests blaze.
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
A fire ecologist on how it happened, and why communities will have to adapt.
A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge
A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge
In the Pacific Northwest, data shows people burn the places they love.
Close encounters with a scary fire season
Close encounters with a scary fire season
As wildfires have ripped through the West, take stock of what climate change has wrought.
Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’
Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’
Montana’s lawmakers slight climate change as a main driver for the state’s blazes.
The fire season by the numbers
The fire season by the numbers
Fire agencies are preparing for the eclipse hordes, in the midst of a large fire season.
What would the rural West do without volunteer firefighters?
What would the rural West do without volunteer firefighters?
Small-town firefighters are often first responders to some of the biggest blazes.
Will Congress fix wildfire funding this year?
Will Congress fix wildfire funding this year?
Proposed legislation would put logging ahead of environmental concerns.
What to do if you live in a wildfire zone
What to do if you live in a wildfire zone
Homeowners can protect themselves and their neighbors.
Life between one wildfire and the next
Life between one wildfire and the next
The climate-change train is out of control. What’s a fire-prone small town to do?
Fires sweep the Southwest
Fires sweep the Southwest
In an unseasonably hot and dry West, an intense fire season takes shape.
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.
Why are fire seasons longer? People.
Why are fire seasons longer? People.
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.