Wildfire

Climate change is already scary in Alaska
Climate change is already scary in Alaska
Sea ice is retreating, skies are choked with wildfire smoke, and fish are vanishing.
Gunnison sage grouse are vulnerable to climate chaos
Gunnison sage grouse are vulnerable to climate chaos
The dancing birds are especially susceptible to changing weather patterns, which is bad news going forward.
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.
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.
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.
2017 in natural disasters
2017 in natural disasters
From massive wildfires to melting ice, the calamities that affected the West this year.
What fire researchers learned from California’s blazes
What fire researchers learned from California’s blazes
In California, land managers use fire as a tool.
Nothing about future fires is guaranteed
Nothing about future fires is guaranteed
Except that they will come.
A ‘selfish’ decision
A ‘selfish’ decision
As neighbors evacuated, one family stayed behind.
‘Will my tears cool the ash?’
‘Will my tears cool the ash?’
A firefighter contemplates the fire season.
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
This year’s fire season was the costliest on record, burning more than 9 million acres.
It’s not only trees — wildfires imperil water too
It’s not only trees — wildfires imperil water too
Sediment-choked watersheds and erosion could become more frequent as wildfire activity grows.
Proper fire funding continues to elude Congress
Proper fire funding continues to elude Congress
Nearly everyone agrees it’s important. So what’s the hold-up?
Ancestral Pueblo logging practices could save New Mexico pinelands
Ancestral Pueblo logging practices could save New Mexico pinelands
Researchers look to the past to better fight fire.
Oregonians experiment with a new model to prevent megafire
Oregonians experiment with a new model to prevent megafire
A collaborative community-based project tackles overgrown forests.
In a burning West, wildfire smoke threatens public health
In a burning West, wildfire smoke threatens public health
Montana hospitals handled an increase of respiratory-related problems this year.
The Sprague Fire, as it happened
The Sprague Fire, as it happened
Seasonal Glacier National Park ranger Daniel Lombardi tracked the path of fire’s destruction in photos.
Firefighters, your next mission might be next door
Firefighters, your next mission might be next door
Many are still unaware of the dangers of living in the wildland-urban interface.
We need a commission to take action on wildfire in the West
We need a commission to take action on wildfire in the West
Two Forest Service veterans say we fail to manage our fire-dependent forests.
Shrub-choked wildlands played a role in California fires
Shrub-choked wildlands played a role in California fires
The deadly Wine Country blazes ignited and grew in forests and shrublands.
Northern California tribes face down massive wildfires
Northern California tribes face down massive wildfires
Some evacuees return home as clean-up begins and resources are stretched thin.
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