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High Country News

Liz Weber

17 June 2019

Sisters, Oregon, United States

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Coordination and planning can prove to be the best defensive measures against wildfires. Funded by the US Forest Service, the Community Planning Assistance for Wild Program (CPAW) promotes community fire adaptation, i...

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Lauren Sommer

3 June 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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In the Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood of California, one neighborhood was designed and built to protect homes from wildfires. Included in the design were certain regulations, like regulating weeds, brush, and mulch, and...

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Aliya Jasmine

30 May 2019

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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When a Southern California rainy season fuels a boom in non-native grasses, the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Forestry Division deploys herds of goats to munch on what could turn into a wildfire hazard. The goa...

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Maya Miller

Samantha Max

28 May 2019

Macon, Georgia, United States

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Prescribed fire is a way to protect forest ecosystems by starting fires in a controlled and sustainable way. The practice limits out of control forest fires and promotes the growth of important species. In Georgia, a ...

High Country News

Krista Langlois

23 May 2019

Durango, Colorado, United States

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Scientists and engineers in Colorado are developing an app that can help firefighters determine the safest routes to safety during wildfires. The app, currently in development, was created with data from another trail...

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Sophie Quinton

16 May 2019

Rustic, Colorado, United States

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Prescribed burns help prevent the devastating impact of uncontrolled forest fires in Western states. In states like Colorado, the US Forest Service, local governments, and nonprofits, are working to improve forest hab...

Half Moon Bay Review

Libby Leyden

15 May 2019

San Mateo, California, United States

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San Mateo County’s coastside residents have created their own, volunteer-based disaster response system. Considering that they make up just 5% of the county’s population, and are just as much at risk for natural disas...

Christian Science Monitor

Daniel Grossman

20 March 2019

Borneo, Indonesia

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The Indonesian government is working with family farmers in Borneo to spread the cultivation of sago crops, which requires the restoration of the country's historic, boggy swamps. This type of agriculture, called palu...

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Viki Cramer

7 March 2019

East Perth, Australia

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The indigenous practice of setting regular fires to manage land hasn’t been used in generations, but it’s now being brought back to help manage wildfires in Australia. With support from the Wunambal Gaambera Aborigina...

NPR

Shana Clarke

6 March 2019

Turner, Oregon, United States

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Grape growers and winemakers in Oregon recently worked together after a fire burned thousands of acres of land. After contracts were turned down due to smoke taint of the grapes, the Oregon Solidarity project was form...

Yale Environment 360

Jacques Leslie

19 February 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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As climate change alters environments across the United States, it has become increasingly important to manage watersheds as a preventative measure to wildfires. Amid responses across the country, one private-public p...

Yes! Magazine

Federica Armstrong

12 February 2019

California, United States

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Wildfires have routines destroyed parts of California and are only becoming more devastating as temperatures rise, taking many lives in their paths of destruction. To bring solace and closure for families, volunteer a...

Grist

Nathanael Johnson

14 January 2019

Nevada City, California, United States

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In wildfire-prone Nevada County, California, community squads that do controlled burns are on the rise. According to the Nevada County fire council, some 23 associations are active, while about 50 more are forming. By...

The Daily Yonder

Bryce Oates

12 December 2018

Weaverville, Washington, United States

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In the western United States, a couple nonprofits are working to kill two birds with one stone: reducing catastrophic wildfires while creating a profitable (yet sustainable) market for harvested wood. Yet these manage...

The Daily Yonder

Bryce Oates

11 December 2018

Redding, California, United States

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Rural communities need a multi-pronged strategy to improve resilience to wildfires. A method that combines forest treatment projects, education of homeowners, and community-level strategizing at the neighborhood level...

The Huffington Post

Robert Raymond

21 November 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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When wildfires overtook California, communities sprang into action in order to help those that did not have a way to take shelter from the smoke. Forming groups to focus on disaster relief efforts, various community-d...

NPR

Alyssa Jeong Perry

17 November 2018

California, United States

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Firefighters working the frontlines of California fires now have emotional supports at their base camps to help them process the toll of their work. Supports include chaplains, peer-to-peer interaction, and therapy dogs.

The New York Times

Crystal Kolden

16 November 2018

Netherlands

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Wildfires are destroying lives and lands throughout the West Coast of the United States. While human negligence coupled with climate change have been blamed, communities in the Netherlands provide a sharp contrast to ...

KDVR-TV

Matt Mauro

15 November 2018

Colorado, United States

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Colorado is adapting a military technology to help crews fight wildfires. The Android Team Awareness Kit, or ATAK, was designed to keep Special Forces safe in combat zones by showing pilots their locations, and now fi...

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Adele Peters

14 November 2018

California, United States

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Wildfires are inevitable, especially as forests become drier due to climate change, but it is possible to design the built environment so that fires don’t destroy as much property or as many lives. Architects now can ...

Reason

Christian Britschgi

14 November 2018

California, United States

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In California, Proposition 103 – a decades-old ballot initiative – disincentivizes homeowners affected by wildfires to rebuild in less fire-prone zones. The proposition – which can only be reversed through another bal...

KLCC

Tom Banse

21 October 2018

Oregon, United States

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The prospect of mass wild land devastation sparred by both wildfires and logging was enough motivation for people on each side of the debate to sit down and figure out a solution. What came of that conversation was th...

BBC

Ammar Ebrahim

10 October 2018

Girona, Catalonia, Spain

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In northern Spain, the Fire Flocks project uses goats to clear vegetation between grassland, bushes and treetops because this can help stop the spread of future wildfires. This depends on shepherds moving herds to key...

NPR

Nate Hegyi

20 September 2018

Canada

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As regions look for solutions to fight wildfires in the midst of climate change, some call for logging companies to take greater responsibility. While the argument is not new that less trees means less fires, it's the...

Yale Environment 360

Jane Braxton Little

5 September 2018

Shaver Lake, California, United States

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In California’s wildfire-prone Sierras, forest managers are turning to an ancient, if not quite intuitive, tool: more fire. In 2019, the Forest Service will manage 250,000 acres with controlled burns and “mechanical t...

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