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For Rural Communities, Wildfire Brings Economic Help, Hardships

Wildfire represents both risk and reward for some small communities in Washington. Walking the line between a “good fire” and a “bad...

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Behind Wildfire Suppression, a Human Toll

The Forest Service says too many wildland firefighters are exposed to hazards on the fire line and that it must change its ways....

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360 Video: 1 Year After The Eagle Creek Fire, See How Much Has Changed

The Eagle Creek Fire burned nearly 47,000 acres on both sides of the Columbia River. In this 360 video, see how the fire changed the...

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We’re Putting More Homes on Wild Lands and in the Path of Wildfires

For people living in the “wildland-urban interface,” wildfire risk is the new normal, and the risk is increasing as more people move...

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Breathing Wildfire Smoke Every Summer Could Have Long-Term Consequences

Wildfire smoke can be annoying — it can make your eyes water, your chest burn. And over time, breathing in all that smoke every...

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When it Comes to Wildfire, Politics Lag Behind Science

Western politicians who represent fire-prone regions are reluctant to tell their smoke-weary constituents that there sometimes needs...

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2 Large Wildfires in Southwest Oregon Threaten to Meet

While fires burn, communities downwind suffer from consistent unhealthy levels of smoke.

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Forest Service Chief Talks Need for New Fire Management, Fuel Treatments

As part of its ongoing wildfire series, EarthFix spoke with interim Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen about what her agency is...