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Towering Wildfire Clouds Are Affecting the Stratosphere, and the Climate

Aircraft collecting data from clouds of smoke have revealed surprising effects of wildfires on the ground.

by |February 28, 2023
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Opinion: Pacific Gas and Electric Company Needs to Pay for Its Crimes Against California

It’s not just PG&E’s equipment that leaves California vulnerable to fires. For more than 100 years, the company has released carbon into the atmosphere, aggravating the climate crisis that’s turning the state’s forests into kindling.

by Emma Lauterbach |October 18, 2022

Training for Dixie Fire Survivors Sheds Light on the Long Road to Recovery

One year after the devastating wildfire, residents of Greenville, Calif., are working to rebuild. Experts from the National Center for Disaster Preparedness co-hosted a training to facilitate the process.

by Elise Gout |September 15, 2022
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Caroline Juang: Blending Art, Science, and Outreach

In addition to studying climate-related hazards, Juang is a talented artist who helps make STEM fields more accessible for underrepresented minorities. Somehow, she also finds time to sleep.

by Alexis Earl |August 24, 2022
home damaged by fire

How Agencies and Communities Facing Wildfire Can Collaborate to Cut Risk Now

A talk with two leaders of the Biden administration’s effort to fight fire before things burn.

by |March 30, 2022

Forest Fires Increasingly Affecting Western Rivers and Streams, for Better and Worse

Fires may increase stream flow for years after sweeping the surface, and temporarily increase downstream water supplies. But they may also increase the risks of landslides and floods in affected areas.

by |February 22, 2022
homes destroyed by wildfire on one side of street, homes intact on the other

Amid the Marshall Fire’s Urban Ashes, Hints of a Less Combustible Future

An interview with a homeowner whose block survived while others burned reinforces longstanding advice from experts on living in fire-prone landscapes.

by |January 11, 2022
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We Owe More Than Gratitude to Wildland Firefighters

The brave men and women who fight forest fires are overworked, poorly compensated, and considered disposable by the bureaucrats who hire them.

by Elena Klonsky |December 21, 2021
car driving on road with wildfire smoke in the background

Wildfires Are Decimating the West and Choking the East — It’s Time for Solutions

Unlike other natural disasters, wildfires endanger the health and well-being of populations near and far.

by Irwin E. Redlener and Sean Hansen |July 29, 2021
sign warning about fire risk and smoke in sky

Summer Forecast: Dangerous Heat, Fire, and an Active Hurricane Season

Climate change may be loading the dice for a tough summer.

by |June 28, 2021