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Terry Greene Sterling

29 January 2021

Navajo Nation, Arizona, United States

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A collaborative experiment between Indigenous community activists, tribal officials, loggers, nonprofits, and the U.S. Forest Service is delivering firewood to residents who need it for heating and cooking. The progra...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

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Miles Green

12 January 2021

Arizona, United States

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Arizona's Inmate Wildfire Program trains incarcerated people to fight wildfires, paying them low prison wages to provide a critically needed service as wildfires grow more common. Members of the only all-female crew, ...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

21 December 2020

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The number of prescribed burn associations in California is on the rise, advocating for more controlled fires that could prevent larger wildfires. There are at least 13 in the Golden State with the latest being the Ce...

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Marianne Dhenin

6 November 2020

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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A 20-year project by the nonprofit Lomakatsi Restoration Project to restore native plants helped to spare Ashland, Ore., from the worst destruction of a wildfire. Along the Bear Creek greenway in Ashland, the restorat...

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Laura Bliss

5 November 2020

Shaver Lake, California, United States

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A collaboration between former adversaries over forest management and preservation in the Sierra National Forest led to a $9 million investment into making 154,000 acres healthier, and able to withstand destruction in...

Wall Street Journal

Ted Alcorn

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Satellite-based forest monitoring, paired with other sophisticated measures of a forest's health, is transforming the speed, precision, and economics of finding and eradicating infestations and pinpointing acreage whe...

The New Republic

Julia Thomas

29 October 2020

Oregon, United States

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Rule changes in counties impacted by wildfires have made it easier for displaced residents to vote in the 2020 presidential election by using their temporary residence, shelter, a P.O. box, or their county election of...

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Jake Bullinger

23 October 2020

Colville, Washington, United States

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A collective of timber companies, conservationists, and forestry professionals has made the adjacent national forest more resilient to wildfires by focusing on small-diameter trees while preserving old growth. In 2019...

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Colleen Hagerty

19 October 2020

California, United States

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Prescribed burns are fires set intentionally to reduce the fuel that can make wildfires so large and damaging. Despite the science favoring this approach for healthy ecosystems and fire prevention, government use of t...

Wall Street Journal

Richard Schiffman

30 September 2020

United States

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The absence of an active "fire culture" in the American West has contributed greatly to the scale of catastrophic wildfires fueled by decades of aggressive fire-suppression tactics. In Florida, Australia, and pockets ...

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Kate Wheeling

30 September 2020

California, United States

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Fire Forward trains Californians to conduct controlled burns, setting fires to make future wildfires less destructive. With state and federal resources skewed heavily toward suppression of wildfires, the prevention-mi...

Bloomberg

Lauren Millan Lombraña

29 September 2020

Portugal

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Led by Portugal and Spain, European nations have shifted their responses to wildfires from a heavy emphasis on suppression to a more prevention-based approach. Climate change has increased fire risk greatly. By lettin...

The Narwhal

Kelly Boutsalis

20 September 2020

Canada

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A 3-year pilot is developing a traditional fire management program for First Nation communities using cultural burns, a practice banned for over a century. Cultural burns are used to reinvigorate the landscape so that...

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Alex Brown

18 September 2020

California, United States

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Prescribed burns are considered the best way to contain catastrophic wildfires, and fires sparked by lightning or by Native Americans once burned more land in California than has burned in 2020's record-setting fires....

Eugene Weekly

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Henry Houston

18 September 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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As smoke from local wildfires created an unhealthy outdoor environment, cities in Oregon looked to expand temporary housing options for those experiencing homelessness. While not all have been successful, the Portland...

Yes! Magazine

Ray Levy-Uyeda

17 September 2020

California, United States

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The Fire and Forestry Recruitment Program serves as an intermediary between formerly incarcerated people trained as firefighters and the agencies they seek work from once they have been released from prison. Californi...

ProPublica

Elizabeth Weil

28 August 2020

California, United States

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California’s wildfires historically were contained through periodic but limited burning. But “misguided fire police” over many decades, focused on overzealous fire suppression, has accumulated more dry fuel, resulting...

Sacramento Bee

Dale Kasler

Ryan Sabalow

27 August 2020

California, United States

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After 2017's devastating wildfires, the state of California and businesses committed billions of dollars to thinning forests and other fire-prone areas to contain the spread and intensity of wildfires. But the state's...

Center for Public Integrity

Megan Cattel

25 August 2020

Santa Rosa, California, United States

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Wildfires cause anxiety and other mental-health problems, but Sonoma County's Latino people can get help from a convivencia: a community gathering hosted by one of the nonprofit health and community centers in the are...

NPR

Lauren Sommer

24 August 2020

Mariposa, California, United States

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To combat wildfires in California, Native American tribal leaders and government officials are coming together to facilitate “cultural burnings” or controlled burns. Regularly burning the landscape prevents thick, dri...

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...

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...

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Sena Christian

17 December 2019

Guinda, California, United States

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Drastic solutions to climate change tend not to pan out (like trying to get everyone to stop eating meat), but careful adaptation is making real progress. In California, many smaller-scale farms are trying out new met...

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Nick Rodway

18 November 2019

Western Australia, Australia

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Revegetation and fire management practices are helping to preserve Australia’s biodiversity. In Western Australia, collaborative efforts between Environs Kimberley, an environmental NGO, and local rangers from the Fir...

LAist

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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