Wildfires

4:16pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Animals

Nevada Wildfire Could Snuff Out A Rare Butterfly

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 5:10 pm

The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is a rare species found only in a few small areas high up in Nevada's Spring Mountains.
Corey Kallstrom USFWS

A big wildfire in a mountain range just west of Las Vegas has put at risk the Mount Charleston blue butterfly, a rare species found in the U.S.

The fire is dying down, but it may be weeks before experts can get to the remarkable area where this butterfly lives to see if it made it through.

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4:30am

Sun July 21, 2013
Environment

Fighting Fire With Fire: Why Some Burns Are Good For Nature

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:50 pm

An arborist from the Montana Conservation Corps works to clear pine trees from land in Centennial Valley, Mont.
John W. Poole NPR

Wildfires were once essential to the American West. Prairies and forests burned regularly, and those fires not only determined the mix of flora and fauna that made up the ecosystem, but they regenerated the land.

When people replaced wilderness with homes and ranches, they aggressively eliminated fire. But now, scientists are trying to bring fire back to the wilderness, to recreate what nature once did on its own.

One place they're doing this is Centennial Valley, in southwestern Montana.

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3:01pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Wildfires

Obama Cabinet Members Highlight Wildfire Risks To Western Water Supply

U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Tom Vilsack sign a memorandum of understanding in front of Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins.
Grace Hood KUNC

3:28pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Environment

Wildfires Will Worsen, And Further Strain The Forest Service

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 9:13 pm

An aircraft lays down a line of fire retardant between a wildfire and homes in the dry, densely wooded Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 13.
John Wark AP

The deaths of 19 firefighters near Yarnell, Ariz., this summer have focused a lot of attention on just how bad wildfire has become in the West. And research predicts the situation is going to get worse.

Over the past decade, the region has seen some of the worst fire seasons on record. In addition to lives lost, the fires have cost billions in terms of lost property and in taxpayer money spent fighting the blazes.

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4:43am

Thu July 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Thousands Flee Calif. Wildfire Moving Toward Populated Area

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 8:46 am

About 6,000 people in California have been ordered out of their homes by authorities worried that a wildfire is quickly moving toward a more populous area southeast of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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