Wildfire Suppression

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Wildfires are still burning across much of the Mountain West. In Colorado, heat and drought are pushing fires into new areas. In Utah, evacuations are still in place for two blazes.

Meanwhile, new information is out about what caused the death of one Utah firefighter last month during California’s Mendocino Complex Fire.

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Western firefighters were working the biggest wildfire in California’s history when they encountered a surprising obstacle: slow internet.

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With wildfires burning through much of the West, there’s high demand for big aircraft to come in and battle the flames from above.

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One of the world’s biggest firefighting aircraft is based in Colorado Springs. But it's fighting fires in California right now, rather than in the Mountain West.

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Wildfire season is ramping up in the region. Fire teams are now working to quash one outside Durango, Colorado, and Utah recently stopped another. That state is now doing prescribed burns to reduce the chance of a bigger blaze.

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Colorado escaped major wildfires this summer, but millions of acres of forest in the state remain a powder keg, ripe to burn in the future. The next big fire could threaten thousands of homes. The U.S. Forest Service and other agencies can't keep up, because there's too much timber and not enough money.