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High Country News

Carl Segerstrom

5 September 2018

Dufur, Oregon, United States

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In the town of Dufur, Oregon, local residents have been acting as firefighters to protect their fields and homes, using farming equipment to bury dry vegetation and tanks of water to put out the flames. While this has...

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Jenessa Duncombe

17 August 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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The National Weather Service has been helping firefighting crews better prepare for and fight wildfires. They’ve developed a model called the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh-Smoke (HRRR-Smoke) to show where there’s high...

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Richard Kenny

Ammar Ebrahim

24 July 2018

United States

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As wildfires have become increasingly more pronounced due to climate change which primes areas to burn, lands and communities are being destroyed all over the world. To have a chance for survival, projects throughout ...

Yahoo! News

Amanda Schmidt

27 June 2018

Moita Da Guerra, Moita Da Guerra, Portugal

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In Portugal, drought and wildfires are on the rise with climate change. But universities and forest managers are looking hard at an ancient method for thinning dried forest: herds of goats. Initial results are promisi...

University of Oregon

Delaney Young

7 June 2018

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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With climate change warming the planet, wildfires are becoming an increasingly worrisome issue. In Ashland, Oregon, fire crews are working to reintroduce fire to forests through prescribed burns in order to mitigate t...

Mountain Outlaw

Emily Stifler Wolfe

28 May 2018

Boise, Idaho, United States

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A diversity and inclusion task force in the Bureau of Land Management is working to change a culture that makes it hard for women to stay in fire-fighting professions. Through creating room for conversation, hosting f...

The Verge

Ryan Duffy

17 April 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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After Hurricane Harvey, it was hard to locate people amidst the swaths of water covering the city. Two Houstonians developed a “web-based geolocation service” that used data from social media to locate and visualize p...

KBUT Community Radio

Chad Reich

28 March 2018

Colorado, United States

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A nonprofit in Colorado helps homeowners protect their properties from fires by making them “stand-alone defensible.” That means controlling fuels on the property to affect a fire's behavior and possibly avoid losing ...

News Deeply

Matt Weiser

20 February 2018

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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To mitigate against the threat of devastating wildfires and destruction of water supply, Ashland, Oregon has been thinning their previously overgrown forests for years through controlled burns and logging efforts. Whi...

Green Matters

Desirée Kaplan

19 February 2018

Maule, Chile

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In the wake of more than 100 forest fires in Maule, Chile, hundreds of burned acres of forest are being replanted by three Border Collies named Das, Olivia, and Summer and an organization called Pewos. The dogs bound ...

The New York Times

Gregory Scruggs

19 December 2017

Bend, Oregon, United States

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Ventura County, which has been covered in relentless wildfires, can learn a thing or two from its northernly neighbor Deschutes County, which hasn't lost a single house to regular wildfires since 2003. The reason? A c...

High Country News

Maya L. Kapoor

11 December 2017

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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As wildfires become increasingly more prevalent and powerful, researchers in New Mexico are turning their attention to mitigation successes from ancestral generations. By implementing some of these methods such as sel...

WABE

Molly Samuel

6 December 2017

Georgia, United States

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Gopher tortoises might be labelled as endangered under federal law, which brings strict guidelines that businesses want to avoid. Georgia Gopher Tortoise Initiative is dedicated to finding gophers in their natural ha...

Pacific Standard

Francie Diep

25 October 2017

California, United States

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As wildfires grow more intense and deadly in California, some experts say previous strategies to save lives and property need to be revamped and they're pushing for changes in policies. Agencies are studying the deadl...

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Megan Molteni

11 September 2017

Canada

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Climate change is only worsening the frequency and ferocity of forest fires. Projects such as researching what makes trees more susceptible to fires, and having satellites send images of fires as they happen, in order...

Reveal

Ike Sriskandarajah

17 June 2017

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

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After a wildfire in 2010 burned 15,000 acres outside Flagstaff, triggering evacuations and a fatal landslide, voters approved a $10 million bond issue to transform the local fire department and fire-prevention practic...

Al Jazeera

Rachael Hocking

14 June 2017

Australia

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After once again being granted rights to their native land, the Martu people are bringing back the bioregenerative technique of small-scale land burning. In the past century, wildfires have ravaged the areas these peo...

TakePart

Kyle Dickman

19 August 2016

California, United States

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In California’s Sequoia National Park firefighters are using controlled fires as a tool to reduce the damage of wildfires as well as an instrument to protect the current species.

The Pueblo Chieftain

Matt Hildner

29 May 2016

Blanca, Colorado, United States

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A new timber mill in Costilla County could majorly improve the forest health of the greater region by thinning undergrowth to reduce risk of wildfires, curbing the spread of invasive insects, and decreasing the demand...

High Country News

Leah Todd Lin

26 May 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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New Mexico adapts an innovative forestry idea from Quito, Ecuador, to prevent unpredictable and untamable forest fires. The application of this idea, called the Rio Grande Water Fund, raises money around the Rio Grand...

The Atlantic

Jeremy Raff

28 April 2016

Texas, United States

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The Rio Grande River runs between the border of the United States and Mexico and supplies water to 5 million people across the nations. With wildfires continuously threatening the health of the river, an international...

Investigate West

Ben DeJarnette

27 April 2015

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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Summer in the Northwest presents a great risk of wildfires. A pile burning operation, just one facet of the strategy that Oregon has enacted to conserve its forests, clears undergrowth to lessen the risk of mega-fire....

The New York Times Magazine

Paul Tullis

19 September 2013

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, United States

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Between climate change and an ever increasing population, wildfires are becoming more and more of an annual challenge to mitigate, with firefighters and policy makers walking a thin edge between the need for natural b...

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