January 4, 2018, 11am PST
Two new books chronicle the origin of U.S. policy on wildfire, the damage that policy has done, and why it’s unlikely to change any time soon.
December 11, 2017, 9am PST
As the state's worst wildfire season ever refuses to end, an analyst from UCLA considers how land use and building codes determine the location and extent of the damage.
August 3, 2017, 9am PDT
Wildfires tend to start at the Wildland-Urban Interface: those border zones between cities and the open land surrounding them. Keeping the lid on sprawl, it can be argued, would tame the inferno.
September 28, 2016, 10am PDT
Developments boom in high risk fire areas, even as fires continue to increase in duration, severity and damage.
September 20, 2016, 5am PDT
The American Society of landscape Architects is promoting a new guide to resilient landscape design, which examines hundreds of case studies for examples of infrastructure that works with nature, instead of against it.
July 8, 2016, 9am PDT
Along with climate conditions, urban sprawl is intensifying wildfires and increasing the damage they do.
May 12, 2016, 10am PDT
An unusually large and hot fire has struck Alberta, Canada at an unusually early time of year. According to researchers, this is the new normal.
July 29, 2014, 5am PDT
The kicker in a recent article about the current realities of forest fires—and the cost of fighting them—in the United States: The federal government spends 624 percent more on fires than it did 20 years ago.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
September 13, 2013, 1pm PDT
What Hurricane Sandy couldn't sweep into the sea a devastating fire ravaged yesterday in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, NJ. More than 20 businesses, Funtown Pier, and a historic carousel were destroyed just months after renovations were completed.
August 29, 2009, 1pm PDT
As wildfires rage in Southern California, some experts are calling for a revision of policies that encourage controlled burns to reduce fire risks.
May 8, 2009, 8am PDT
Controlling fire has never been a strong suit for humans. Now, as climate change sets in, the need for better fire management is becoming dire, according to researchers.
April 1, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Next American City</em> looks at the new land use ideas that are guiding development in disaster-prone areas.</p>