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The cost of fighting wildfires this year is predicted to go over budget by hundreds of millions of dollars.
Amazing photos of the Yosemite Rim Fire depict the blaze's enormity—and the intense battle to contain it.
The blaze threatening San Francisco’s power and water is the kind of threat that ecologists expect more of as the West gets hotter and drier.
As the climate warms, more disasters may be headed our way. We'd best prepare...
As heat waves and drought fuel wildfires out West, we brace ourselves for losing more of the brave men and women who fight them.
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.
Last year, in an effort to squelch wildfires and save money, the agency attacked blazes even in remote wilderness areas. It didn’t work.
As more blazes rage across the West this summer and government policy shifts toward aggressive wildfire suppression, firefighters’ lives are increasingly placed at risk.
Pine beetle-ravaged Western forests and raging widlfires combine for an uncertain, but scary, threat.
An aerial view of the devastation caused by Colorado's Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 346 houses and killed two people
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.
The agency is trying to clamp down on the escalating costs of firefighting in a warming world. But even the official who gave the order acknowledges that the long-term effect will be more destruction.
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 >
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.
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 >
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.