Wildfire

When public lands become tribal lands again
When public lands become tribal lands again
A story of fire, stolen lands, and how hard it is to get the U.S. to follow its own laws.
See the journey to a new career at a wildland fire academy
See the journey to a new career at a wildland fire academy
Ex-gang members, veterans and immigrants alike take a three-month course to become California firefighters.
When Arizona catches fire, prisoners step up
When Arizona catches fire, prisoners step up
In one of the West’s harshest penal systems, incarcerated wildfire fighters learn to see themselves anew.
How tweets can map a #wildfire
How tweets can map a #wildfire
Social media could help monitor air pollution that physical monitors miss.
Latest: The Forest Service’s use of fire retardant has doubled since 2014
Latest: The Forest Service’s use of fire retardant has doubled since 2014
Despite environmental harms, the agency continues to rely on aerial drops to battle blazes.
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
To protect a forest, a town agreed to leave it alone
With wildfires looming, Flagstaff came together to support national forest closures.
What it’s like to fight wildfires in the West
What it’s like to fight wildfires in the West
A photojournalist and firefighter describes the challenges of battling wildland blazes.
Where there’s smoke, there’s suffering
Where there’s smoke, there’s suffering
The small, sad harms of a summer spent indoors to avoid wildfire smoke.
Wildfires hit the West: ‘We’re stretched to our limits’
Wildfires hit the West: ‘We’re stretched to our limits’
Fires this year have covered 1 million more acres than the 10-year average from January to July.
A bird’s eye view of wildfire
A bird’s eye view of wildfire
Ecologically important blazes are a crucial part of Western landscapes.
This year’s burn bans are crucial in parched Colorado
This year’s burn bans are crucial in parched Colorado
Another dry summer sparks memories of past wildfires — and worries for the future.
In a time of division and hate, wildfire unites a community
In a time of division and hate, wildfire unites a community
Disaster response offers an antidote to the era of “me.”
A fiery Fourth of July threatens Southwest economies
A fiery Fourth of July threatens Southwest economies
Wildfire, forest closures and canceled fireworks displays keep tourists at bay.
Saving baby Jo from the smoke
Saving baby Jo from the smoke
A mother grapples with her decision to flee the 416 Fire with her infant daughter.
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
Why ‘aridification’ is a better term for our new, more parched reality.
The 416 Fire reminds us there’s no escape from climate change
The 416 Fire reminds us there’s no escape from climate change
Rumors that a popular tourist train sparked the fire have forced a reckoning.
There’s nothing normal about ‘the new normal’
There’s nothing normal about ‘the new normal’
The phrase is the linguistic equivalent of a shrug.
Exploring the West? Don’t start a wildfire.
Exploring the West? Don’t start a wildfire.
Here are some tips on how to stay safe.
The Forest Service faces a century-old call for equality
The Forest Service faces a century-old call for equality
As early as 1924, women were asking the agency for equal treatment.
How to celebrate Earth Day
How to celebrate Earth Day
Stand up for public lands, fight climate change and get outside this April 22 — and all year long.
Firefighters, it’s time we led the way on ending harassment
Firefighters, it’s time we led the way on ending harassment
Allegations that the Forest Service enabled a culture of harassment were no surprise.
Fire funding fix comes with environmental rollbacks
Fire funding fix comes with environmental rollbacks
The legislation sets up an emergency disaster fund but also weakens protections for trees and wildlife.
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.
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