California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off into California rivers.
Later this week, the U.S. Forest Service will release plans to allow logging companies to harvest some of the dead trees. Some environmental groups say it would destroy important wildlife habitat.
Reforestation is common after large fires in the West, but some scientists say it’s time to rethink how forests are replanted.
It takes a special breed to jump (a) out of a perfectly good airplane, and (b) into an active fire zone. But smokejumpers have been doing it for decades.
More than 4,000 low-level offenders making $2 a day are a crucial component in how the state battles wildfires.
Weather experts say the next couple of weeks could be some of the worst in state history for wildfires caused by lightning strikes.
Seasonal firefighters started training months earlier than usual this year. It may seem like common sense that it's dry out there, but there is a science to knowing how dry, and to knowing when the threat of wildfire is at its worst.
A new study finds that investing in forest management could shrink the size of wildfires and save California hundreds of millions of dollars.
The fire burned more than a quarter of a million acres in Yosemite and the Stanislaus National Forest. See before-and-after photos from a plot in the national forest.
The latest report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focuses on impacts from climate change, both current and looming, and recommendations for how to adapt.
People who fight and study fire generally agree that one of the best tools for preventing massive wildfires is prescribed burning: intentionally setting smaller fires before the big ones hit. But there are major challenges to fighting fire with fire.
A longstanding experimental forest lies perilously close to the wildfire raging near Yosemite. Scientists are holding their breath, hoping the voracious Rim Fire doesn't set back years of research into...fire management, among other things.
Federal officials are bracing for a worse-than-usual fire season, especially in California and the rest of the Pacific Coast. And they're facing the season with a smaller fire-fighting force.