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Healthy forests do more than just prevent wildfires
Californians can benefit from better forestry practices in respect to health, economy, and tourism.
Wildfire smoke travels far but never really disappears
Even after the densest clouds disperse, the effects from smoke last longer and travel farther than you might think.
How we can burn our way to a better future
We desperately need wildfires to restore many of the forests in the Western US.
An asteroid didn’t kill the dinosaurs by itself. Earth helped.
Soot ejected during the blast likely circled the globe within hours.
West Coast states are calling in all their best planes and helicopters to fight fires
Air Attack provides crucial services against dozens of burning blazes.
Why orange skies fill us with a sense of impending doom
Filmmakers use color wheels created by Isaac Newton to match sci-fi scenes to viewers' emotions.
California wildfires may give way to massive mudslides
Fires can unleash toxic materials and devastating debris flows.
How aerial firefighters battle blazes from the skies
Tanker pilots, helicopter operators, and smokejumpers need special skills (and morning coffee) to do their high-flying jobs.
California and the Forest Service have a plan to prevent future catastrophic fires
In a recent agreement, officials committed to ramping up thinning and burning across the state.