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Michael Kodas
Michael Kodas is currently working on the book "Megafire," which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014, and is the author of the bestselling book "High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed." He was part of a team of journalists at The Hartford Courant awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage in 1999. His work has also been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Newsweek,, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he was a 2009-10 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado.
Stories by Michael Kodas
July 2, 2013
As heat waves and drought fuel wildfires out West, we brace ourselves for losing more of the brave men and women who fight them.
June 19, 2013
Facing bigger and badder blazes, the 'fire industrial complex' is pushing for a return to the discarded snuff-’em-out policies of the past. Ecologists say that’s a disaster in the making.
August 30, 2012
As more blazes rage across the West this summer and government policy shifts toward aggressive wildfire suppression, firefighters’ lives are increasingly placed at risk.
August 17, 2012
Pine beetle-ravaged Western forests and raging widlfires combine for an uncertain, but scary, threat.
August 7, 2012
In Colorado and the West, the most desirable real estate also happens to be the most likely to burn. That’s driving up the cost of firefighting for all of us.
July 25, 2012
A slurry bomber drops retardant on the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. The fire destroyed 169 homes.Nine years ago, I marched onto a mountain set aflame. The blaze was called Bluebird, but... read more >
July 18, 2012
Think wildfires are just a Western thing? They’re not. The East used to be threatened by big blazes, too, but 75 years of fire suppression have brought complacency. Now extreme heat and drought are making Eastern forests vulnerable again.
July 12, 2012
Praying for rain is common when your state is beset by record-setting blazes, but as always, be careful what you wish for. Heavy downpours create their own hazards. The irony was highlighted for me two weeks ago when the... read more >
July 9, 2012
Even among once-skeptical firefighters and usually cautious scientists, there’s little doubt anymore: poor forest management and rapid development primed the West for epic fires, but global warming lit the fuse.