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High Country News

Page Buono

24 April 2020

Yurok Reservation, California, United States

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The Indigenous Peoples Burning Network works with a group of other similar networks with the shared goal of promoting prescribed fire in a positive and safe manner that will help local ecosystems and minimize the risk...

MassLive

Scott J. Croteau

26 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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As communities work to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the risk for emergency responders to contract the illness is high; but in Massachusetts, departments are putting new practices and plans into place to address t...

The New York Times

Thomas Fuller

16 January 2020

Cooinda, Northern Territory, Australia

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With the dramatic increase in wildfire danger in Australia causing international distress, officials look to an ancient Indigenous fire-prevention technique that reduces the risk of large wild-fires. This Aboriginal t...

Burlington Free Press

Elizabeth Murray

3 November 2019

South Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Vermont’s South Burlington fire department has started offering its firefighters yoga and meditation services as a way to cope with trauma. The services are offered by the Vermont Center for Responder Wellness, which ...

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Sharon McNary

31 October 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In and around Los Angeles, firefighters have been able to better respond to wildfires because of better equipment and more personnel. With more off-road trucks, fire helicopters, fire engines, and a new supercomputer ...

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Tom Llewellyn

16 October 2019

Kensington, Greater London, United Kingdom

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After a devastating fire in London that took the lives of more than 70 people, the community it impacted post joined together to work through their trauma and raise awareness about economic injustice. From community g...

The New York Times

Jose A. Del Real

24 June 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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FireMap is a new program that uses real-time data to predict the direction of wildfires. In Southern California, where the tool is being tested, there is a huge potential for positive impact - fires in California swep...

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...

KQED

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 was certain regulations, like regulating weeds, brush, and mulch, and ...

Southerly

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 ...

Stateline

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...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

29 April 2019

West, Texas, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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After a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the state has developed a safety course that focuses on fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate – one of the causes of the deadly fire years ago. While the course is still ...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

16 April 2019

West, Texas, United States

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Following a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant, cities in Texas are taking preventative measures. Emergency Management Specialists have updated and are employing software that tracks hazardous material storage in ...

Governing

Katherine Barrett

Richard Greene

15 January 2019

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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States and localities are moving beyond traditional uses of geographic information systems, also known as GIS, and into a wide array of smart, dynamic uses of the burgeoning technology. In Cincinatti, city analysts ex...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 December 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In times of political gridlock, individuals have stepped up to make meaningful changes in their communities, with their solutions inspiring others around the world. From ground-up political action that decreased gerry...

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...

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 what the toll of their work. Supports include chaplains, peer-to-peer interaction, and thera...

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...

FastCompany

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 ...

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...

La Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

18 September 2018

Nosara, Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, a group of volunteer firefighters use donated equipment, gear, and their own cell phones to fill in a big gap in emergency services. More residents are now accustomed to calling them directly for fires ...

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...

The Star

John Muchangi

1 August 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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The Elide Fire Ball is an orb filled with fire suppressant designed to explode in seconds when it comes into contact with fire. Fire balls are easy to use, can be used preventatively by placing them where fires might ...

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