More Utilities Plan to Use Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires
A Nevada utility company is joining utilities in other western states in implementing a new measure to reduce the risk of wildfire.
California Passes a $21 Billion Wildfire Victims' Fund to Protect Utilities From Damage Claims
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Friday, changing how the state will pay for wildfire damage.
California's Largest Utility Resorts to Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires
Outages were intended to be a last resort in PG&E's wildfire mitigation plan, but it has already used them twice during the first weekend of California's wildfire season.
The Federal Government Won't Pay Back California's Firefighting Costs. What Happens When the Next Fire Hits?
California says it's owed $9.3 million for fighting fires on federal lands. The Forest Service says the state is overbilling.
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.
Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a collection of photo essays highlighting indigenous land rights around the world to a fact check of President Donald Trump's claims about the wildfires in California.
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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.
How California Can Mitigate Future Wildfire Damage
We have a pretty good idea of why some structures are more vulnerable to fire than others, but will those in power act on that information?
The Week in Photos: Wildfires in Southern California and Protests in Mexico, Greece, and Germany
A round-up of images from Viewfinder, Pacific Standard's daily photo feature.
Viewfinder: Wildfire Thomas Rages on in Southern California
A firefighter cuts brush at the Thomas Fire on December 7th, 2017, near Fillmore, California.
Scenes From the Wildfires Raging Through Southern California
The Thomas Fire had burned an estimated at 65,500 acres and destroyed hundreds of structures as of mid-morning Wednesday.
Catastrophic Wine Country Fire Shows Shortfalls in Policy and Preparedness
In response to the devastation caused by the Tubbs Fire, California needs to rethink its approach in dealing with future urban conflagrations.
Heat Wave Prompts Wildfire Warning in Southern California
Meanwhile, several blazes in Northern California have yet to be contained.
Western States Prepare for an 'Explosive' Wildfire Season
While there’s no crystal ball for forecasting wildfire, experts have come to expect fiercer and more frequent blazes year after year.