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Fearing the Burn

Since April 15, an unusually high number of wildfires—122—have sparked in Washington State. The Evergreen State is probably not the first place that comes to mind when you think of wildfire. But across much of the West, extended drought, dismally low snowpack, and predictions for a warm, dry
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Will El Nino Trigger an Extreme Wildfire Season?

Just as the western United States is bracing for another season of monster wildfires, El Niño has kicked into gear and added its weird weather to the mix. For some parts of North America El Niño could be a blessing – suppressing hurricanes in the North Atlantic or bringing rain to parched
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Forest Restoration Initiative Promises Hundreds of Jobs

The U.S. Forest Service soon will hire hundreds of workers to rehabilitate more than 500,000 acres of Northern Arizona forests as a way of reducing wildfire danger. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative, known as 4FRI, has been touted as a way to not only restore forest health, but provide jobs to
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In the dry West, housing growth puts firefighters in the path of wildfires

Tom Haney set out from Virginia’s Eastern Shore this weekend to prove once again that he belongs in an elite cadre of firefighters called smoke jumpers. He pointed an old Nissan pickup truck toward Montana and drove. There, at a U.S. Forest Service training camp in Missoula, the seven-year veteran
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4Fri Forest Restoration Initiative Aims To Help Economy, Environment

The U.S. Forest Service has signed a record of decision on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, also known as 4Fri. It’s the biggest environmental impact statement ever written by the agency. For more on this step and how the initiative is going generally, we turn to Diane Vosick, director of
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How the California Drought Is Increasing the Potential for Devastating Wildfires

Forest Service anticipates spending more than $1 billion and mobilizing more than 10,000 fires to fight forest fires this season.
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U.S. Braces for Even Worse Wildfire Season

LONDON—The firefighters are primed, hoses at the ready. May and June are often the peak months for forest fires in the southwest of the US, and the outlook for this year is grim.
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