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A Cash-Strapped Forest Service Faces Its Most Epic Fire Season Ever
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A Cash-Strapped Forest Service Faces Its Most Epic Fire Season Ever

This year’s wildfire season has just started, and it’s already bad. The west is still charred from last season’s burns, and hotter weather has been drying out the landscape’s surviving trees. Meanwhile, climate change is making fire season longer. The end result is a monstrous bed of fuel and weather conditions […]

The Insane Challenges of Fighting Alberta’s Inferno
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The Insane Challenges of Fighting Alberta’s Inferno

A few days ago, Fort McMurray was a mid-size Canadian city. Today, it is burning down, after unseasonably high temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds turned a trailer park fire into a city-wide conflagration. Eighty thousand people have been evacuated, and 250 firefighters are attacking an inferno that has consumed […]