The Valley Fire leaves businesses at a standstill

Sep 14, 2015
Hardester's Market is one of few places open in Middletown, California.

In Northwest, fire officials are accepting volunteers

Aug 21, 2015
The experiment could be a model for managing disasters with limited resources.

Intense fires burn dry West and firefighting budgets

Aug 6, 2015
Reclassifying blazes as natural disasters would help fund strapped Forest Service.

Economic kvetching over knish shortage

Nov 11, 2013
And this final note on supply and demand: Of Knishes.

'Orange slime' used for fighting fires heats debate

Oct 29, 2013
To help fight wildfires, officials often dump orange fire retardant from planes. But some Forest Service employees argue the substance doesn't work as promised.

A $129 smoke detector that talks

Oct 8, 2013
The Nest Protect costs four times as much as a normal smoke detector.

Yosemite fire burns a mountain region's economy

Aug 30, 2013
The 200-square-mile Rim Fire peels back the layers of the Sierra Nevadas’ economic ecology.

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Insurance pools enable housing in Western wildfire zones

Aug 26, 2013
As the Rim Fire in California continues to spread from Yosemite National Park, thousands of homes are threatened. In many areas in the West, insurance pools make it possible to build housing in high-risk fire zones.

Living with fire: In the dry West, it's not if a house will burn, it's when

Aug 19, 2013
Wildfires are burning across the West and are expected to get worse as global temperatures rise. One problem: people living in high-risk fire zones.

Wildland firefighting: A family affair

Aug 7, 2013
It's been a tough year in wildland firefighting with multiple deaths in Arizona and elsewhere. This mother-daughter pair grapple with the stress, danger and excitement.