Wildfire

Meet the influencer of the California condor world
Meet the influencer of the California condor world
During the pandemic, a chick named Iniko became an ambassador for conservation from her redwood nest.
Stories we wish we’d written
Stories we wish we’d written
A look at some of the journalism from 2021 that inspired us, made us feel seen, and, sometimes, even made us cry.
What’s working in the West
What’s working in the West
Feel-good reads to end the year on a high note.
Through wildland firefighting, finding a space to heal
Through wildland firefighting, finding a space to heal
A grieving daughter encounters solace in an unexpected place.
Lawsuit over proposed fossil fuel railway in Utah moves forward
Lawsuit over proposed fossil fuel railway in Utah moves forward
The plaintiff says funding earmarked for the project was meant for communities ‘to alleviate the boom and bust cycle of energy production.’
20 signs that the climate crisis has come home to roost
20 signs that the climate crisis has come home to roost
From Alaska to Wyoming, evidence shows the climate is off-kilter in the West.
Are wildfires contaminating your drinking water?
Are wildfires contaminating your drinking water?
Manufactured substances known as volatile organic compounds pollute water around the U.S., and they’re heightened in the aftermath of fires.
Colorado’s wildfires require a drastic and collective fix
Colorado’s wildfires require a drastic and collective fix
Climate change should be seen as a number one priority.
How the West’s wildfires impact crops
How the West’s wildfires impact crops
Wine grape and cannabis growers try to assess the invisible damage of ash and smoke on their harvests.
Today’s wildfire modeling ‘just sucks’ for flames fueled by climate change
Today’s wildfire modeling ‘just sucks’ for flames fueled by climate change
How scientists use models to understand blazes — and where those models fall short.
Endangered pygmy rabbit population halved by fast-moving fire
Former California prisoners may become professional wildfire fighters
Former California prisoners may become professional wildfire fighters
Amid a raging fire season and pandemic, the Western U.S. seeks experienced fire crews to battle its conflagrations.
Southwest experiences mass bird die-off
Southwest experiences mass bird die-off
‘To see this many individuals and species dying is a national tragedy.’
West coast wildfires signal a planetary fire age
West coast wildfires signal a planetary fire age
Beyond climate change, history has helped create the pyrocene.
Burn out: Frequent fires are changing Western landscapes
Burn out: Frequent fires are changing Western landscapes
Previously burned areas are less likely to re-burn, but intense fires could erase forests.
Extreme wildfires make their own dangerous weather
Extreme wildfires make their own dangerous weather
And climate change is making it even worse.
COVID-19 is complicating Seattle’s response to wildfire smoke
COVID-19 is complicating Seattle’s response to wildfire smoke
What happens when one public health threat compounds the risks of another?
California’s incarcerated firefighters face dangerous work, low pay and COVID-19
California’s incarcerated firefighters face dangerous work, low pay and COVID-19
More than a thousand of the crucial wildfire fighting crews have been placed in quarantine after possible exposure to coronavirus.
Wildland firefighters are risking their mental health
Wildland firefighters are risking their mental health
As climate change lengthens fire seasons, will the government do enough to protect them?
The Forest Service should embrace a full-time workforce
The Forest Service should embrace a full-time workforce
Permanently investing in firefighters would improve the health of employees and the landscapes we protect.
The border wall threatens decades of binational wildlife conservation
The border wall threatens decades of binational wildlife conservation
Binational groups are preserving migratory corridors and restoring degraded areas in the Borderlands. Will the landscape be severed?
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
Keeping first responders socially distant, and evacuating communities safely, would be a challenge.
The fire we need
The fire we need
Can managed fire heal more than just the forests?
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