Viewfinder: A Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15th, 2019.
A Chemical Fire in Texas Has Been Extinguished, but Questions Over Safety Linger
Public officials and Texas' environmental regulator maintain that the chemicals released in the fire did not pose a health risk.
Researchers Uncover Just How Damaging Fires and Logging Are to Forest Soil
Forest soils recover from disturbances slowly over many years—up to 80 years following a wildfire and as many as 30 years after logging, much longer than previously thought.
Urban Sprawl and Wildfires: A Dire Combination for Californians
It's not just climate change that's making the disasters worse, it's the increased building within areas deemed particularly vulnerable to fire.
The California Indigenous Peoples Using Fire for Agroforestry
Prescribed burning is the main tool in the Karuk and Yoruk tribes' agroforestry systems, which encourages proliferation of traditional foods, herbs, and medicines.
Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a look at how insurance companies are turning on homeowners in fire-prone regions to a write-up of a new report on how to change eating behavior.
The Lede, Issue #29: Fire Insurance in California, Filing a FOIA Request, the Evolution of the Celebrity Profile, and More
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California's Carr Fire Is Already Among the State's Most Destructive in Recent History
Wildfires in the state are getting bigger and more costly.
Viewfinder: Surveying the Damage From the Wildfire Outside Athens, Greece
An aerial view shows damage caused by a wildfire near the village of Mati, near Athens, on July 24th, 2018.
Viewfinder: A Massive Wildfire Outside Athens, Greece
A firefighting helicopter flies over a wildfire raging in the town of Rafina near Athens, on July 23rd, 2018.
Viewfinder: Inmate Firefighters Battle Flames in California's Yosemite National Park
Inmate firefighters battle the Ferguson fire in Jerseydale, California, on July 22nd, 2018.
Viewfinder: Remnants of a Market Fire in Côte d'Ivoire
A man takes photos with a mobile phone as sellers walk through debris in a market after a fire devastated the building overnight on September 18th, 2017, in the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan.
The Week in Photos: From Independence Celebrations in South Asia to an Attack in Barcelona
A round-up of images from Viewfinder, Pacific Standard's daily photo feature.
Smoke From Bigger, Hotter Wildfires Can Inflame Health Problems for Thousands of Miles
Wildfires may be harming the health of people who live hundreds or thousands of miles from the flames.
To Catch an Arsonist: New Advances in the Art of Fire Science
Gradual advancements in the art and science of fire investigation continue.
Burning Budgets: The Out-of-Control Cost of Fighting Wildfires
The cost of fighting wildfires this year is predicted to go over budget by hundreds of millions of dollars.
What Happens When Austerity Measures Cut Out Your Emergency Services
An inside look at what it's like when austerity measures lead to direct cuts in your city's emergency services.