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The Colorado Craig Interagency Hotshot Crew spends their summers fighting fires in places like California and Montana

Last week my house burned to the ground, and if that’s not bad enough, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder

As an out-of-control blaze approached their home, a couple made what seems like a crazy choice: they ignored evacuation orders and stood their ground.

Journalist Lizzie Johnson provides a comprehensive postmortem of how the notorious 2018 inferno came to destroy Paradise, California—and what it means for the future of wildfires

You might not be a wildland firefighter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t train like one

Not only do we use this stuff for 130 days every summer—we're not exactly nice to it in the process

With the CZU Lightning Complex fire bearing down on them, a rogue group of citizens banded together to stay and defend their homes in the mountains above Santa Cruz, California. Here's how they fought the fire—and won.

One wildland firefighter interviews some of the trailblazers who came before her on the fires and shifts they’ll never forget and the policies they changed for the women who came after them

If you're planning on having a fire, you need to know how to put it out correctly

Planning a camping trip once this whole pandemic thing is over? You'll want to have a campfire.

Trump administration manipulated emissions reporting from the deadliest fires in California history to promote logging

Why one California couple chose to stand and fight an inferno

Shane Grammer's images brought hope to his friends and family in the wake of California's most destructive fire. Now he's returning to the region to reveal new work, including a major art installation.

At last, the West is taking steps to address megafires. But we’ve done nothing to prepare for their biggest threat to human health.

A close reading of the President’s 2020 Department of the Interior budget reveals massive funding cuts for everything public-lands related—except for oil and gas

Stuart Palley captures images of wildfires at night, making some of the riskiest art around

Bequi Livingston found power and confidence in physical strength. Now she's teaching other women to do the same.

One of the worst tragedies in the history of firefighting prompted little change to a culture that regularly puts young lives at risk. A few seasoned veterans are working to fix that.

Fire has always been a part of the landscape. The mistake we made was trying to stop it—something Florida never did.

Lawmakers didn't listen to the president’s call for less spending on land management and the environment—and put their foot down when it came to interior secretary Ryan Zinke’s reorganization plan, too

As the Thomas Fire scorched hundreds of thousands of acres and forced communities to evacuate, Stuart Palley and other fire photographers rushed to the front lines

On a good day, driving down I-405 here in Los Angeles is considered the commute from hell. Yesterday, things got a little more literal.

Over the past week, a series of fires destroyed tens of thousands of acres in and around Sonoma County, burning homes, cars, and wineries in their wake. We sent a photographer to document the aftermath.

Heybrook Lookout Tower has stood sentinel over the Snoqualmie National Forest since 1925. It represents a longstanding tradition of fire lookouts but is currently under threat.

Our writer sent us a dispatch from the frontlines of the blaze, where the air is thick with smoke and the wildlife is taking shelter

For over 112 years The U.S. Forest Service has been the caretaker of America's public land.

Beginning in 2014, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, I immersed myself with Wildland Fire Incident Command Teams throughout the country. I slept in tents, on the grass, and in trucks with the many different units responsible for fire abatement, from the glamorous hotshots to the unsung radio dispatchers. Fires are remembered by the scope and scale of their destruction. My goal was to show the army that stopped them.

Outdoor tradition or dangerous, polluting, wasteful relic of the past?

The government contractor's latest filing indicates that the future of wildfire fighting could involve artillery shells

The strategy behind taming the province's biggest conflagration

A 747 jet gets converted into a fire-retardant-dumping airtanker, just in time for wildfire season