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Western Wildfires

Bracing For Fire

Lab Notes | Posted 07.20.2016 | Science
Lab Notes

This summer, throughout the West, higher temperatures and decreased precipitation brought on by climate change have ramped up the frequency of wildfires -- big, catastrophic fires -- while a century of fire suppression feeds the flames with a thick tangle of fuel in our overgrown forests.

Record Heat Sparks Warnings, Stokes Wildfires In Western U.S.

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 06.20.2016 | Green

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Wildfire warnings were posted across parts of three Western U.S. states on Sunday as a heat wave baked the region in record, t...

My Harrowing Wildfire Escape

Jeff Frost | Posted 08.26.2016 | Los Angeles
Jeff Frost

"No one is leaving this valley. The road is blocked at both ends by the fire, so stay put! It's gonna get really hot and windy. Do not shut your vehicle off!" said the fire chief.

Water Scarcity and Red Shuttleworth's High Plains Fandango

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
K.J. Wetherholt

Like any natural resource, usage and abuse affect more than just one party, and those most vulnerable are often the ones who bear the brunt of such abuse the most. Political, economic, social, and environmental effects of water scarcity are only now beginning to register among the public.

State Suffers One Of The Most Destructive Wildfire Seasons Ever

Reuters | Victoria Cavaliere | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green

SEATTLE, Sept 11 (Reuters) - The wildfire season in Washington state has been one of the most destructive on record, charring 550 square miles of wi...

Report: Rising Number Of U.S. Homes At Risk From Wildfires

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

By Laura Zuckerman Oct 10 (Reuters) - The number of homes at risk from wildfires in western U.S. states jumped 62 percent in the past ...

An Arid World? Can We Learn from Other Nations?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.20.2013 | Green
American Anthropological Association

The U.S. West has had years of recurring drought with resultant mandatory water conservation measures, massive wildfires and above normal temperatures.

The Problem With Building Near A Tinderbox

stateline | Jim Malewitz | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

INFOGRAPHIC: How Western Wildfires Are Growing

Posted 07.13.2013 | Green

From Climate Central's Alyson Kenward: Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 4...

Shifting Wildfires: Mourning Arizona's Best and Bravest

OnEarth | Posted 09.02.2013 | Green

By Michael Kodas, OnEarth "We are the land of the free because of the brave," announced Frank Ayers, chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universit...

Why Do Firefighters Take Such Risky Jobs?

Lisa Wade | Posted 09.02.2013 | Business
Lisa Wade

Nineteen firefighters died in Arizona on Sunday. It is a stark reminder that firefighters put their lives on the line to protect other people's property and lives. Why do they choose to take such dangerous work?

Rough Wildfire Season Ahead With Building Drought

Posted 04.17.2013 | Green

From AccuWeather's Alex Sosnowski: While wildfires are inevitable in the West during the summer, this year the season has the potential to be worse...

Rocky Mountain National Park Fire Grows, Prompts Evacuations

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2013 | Denver

DENVER, Dec 1 (Reuters) - A wind-driven wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park northwest of Denver jumped containment lines overnight, triggering ...

Fern Lake Fire Expands In Strong Winds, Heat

Posted 10.22.2012 | Denver

The Fern Lake Fire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park expanded to 792 acres on Monday after days of strong winds and higher temperatures increase...

The Age Of Western Wildfires

Posted 09.19.2012 | Green

From Climate Central: Report Summary The 2012 wildfire season isn’t over yet, but already this year is shaping up to be the one of the worst o...

Washington State Wildfires Prompt Evacuations, Destroy 3 Homes

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Green

By Laura L. Myers SEATTLE, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Fast-growing wildfires destroyed three homes in Washington state on Wednesday and thre...

Waldo Canyon Fire Cause Revealed

Posted 09.12.2012 | Denver

On June 23, the Waldo Canyon Fire broke out northwest of Colorado Springs and became the most destructive wildfire in Colorado state history. Now more...

Waldo Canyon Fire Origin, Cause To Be Revealed

Posted 08.31.2012 | Denver

On June 23, the Waldo Canyon Fire broke out northwest of Colorado Springs and became the most destructive wildfire in Colorado state history. Now more...

Wildfire Destroys 60 Homes In Washington

Reuters | Jonathan Kaminsky | Posted 10.14.2012 | Green

OLYMPIA, Wash., Aug 14 (Reuters) - Firefighters battled wildfires across the U.S. West on Tuesday, including a massive out-of-control blaze that has...

Wildfires Kill Firefighter, Force Hundreds To Evacuate

Reuters | Ronnie Cohen | Posted 10.13.2012 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters battled a pair of wildfires that burned out of control in Northern California for a secon...

Flooding A Concern For Years To Come In Fire-Ravaged Areas

Posted 07.17.2012 | Denver

The recent rain is much-needed across Colorado, but it also creates flood concerns for fire-ravaged areas where the vegetation can no longer soak up r...

Waldo Canyon Fire Holds at 98 Percent Containment

Posted 07.10.2012 | Denver

The Waldo Canyon Fire, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, remains stuck at 98 percent containment due to smoke spotted near Blodgett P...

Salazar: The West Has Not Seen The End Of Wildfire Season

The Colorado Independent | Troy Hooper | Posted 07.10.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's Troy Hooper: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar surveyed his native state Monday where he declared there will be “bet...

PHOTO: Wildfire Seen From Space Station

Posted 07.09.2012 | Green

By OurAmazingPlanet Staff: Astronauts and satellites alike have captured ominous images from space of a fast-growing wildfire that is blazing acros...

'Mother Nature Is Giving Us Some Relief'

Posted 07.09.2012 | Denver

After several days of rain drenched much of Colorado since the end of last week, Gov. John Hickenlooper lifted the statewide fire ban on Sunday that h...