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Demands on firefighters have never been greater as wildfires become harder to contain

by Erika Beras Aug 27, 2018
“Years ago it was a 100-meter dash. Now we're running a marathon," one expert says.
A U.S. forestry firefighter cools a burning home to protect a nearby structure in Deerhorn Valley near Jamul, California, in 2007.
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Fighting fire with tweets: California uses social media to save lives

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 21, 2016
Getting accurate information onto the website and social media — and satisfying the public’s voracious appetite for news — requires an army of public information officers in the field.
The Loma Fire burns in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains in September. The fire would consume more than 4,000 acres—seven square miles—before it was fully contained in October.
Scott Cohn

Even with a break from two bad fire years, Methow Valley businesses still struggle

by Marketplace Contributor Sep 29, 2016
Insurance companies are making individual home inspections and are demanding fire improvements from homeowners. Some residents in the area are having difficulty getting insured at all.
Chuck Kisner gives his brood mare and month-old colt some love. Kisner lost nearly everything but his house, his horses and cattle in the last two years of fire in the Methow Valley.
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Insurance companies getting into the firefighting game

by Andy Uhler Nov 25, 2015
Santa Ana winds in excess of 50 mph can spread fires quicker than ever.

The Valley Fire leaves businesses at a standstill

by Kai Ryssdal and Mukta Mohan Sep 14, 2015
Hardester's Market is one of few places open in Middletown, California.

'Orange slime' used for fighting fires heats debate

by Sanden Totten 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.