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The winds that doomed Lahaina

Gusts primed the Maui landscape to burn, then drove an out-of-control blaze. It’s a worst-case scenario that’s growing increasingly common around the world.
Europe's catastrophic age of fire

Europe has descended into the age of fire

Climate change has primed the landscape to burn. But human migration has made Europe’s wildfires increasingly catastrophic.
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To save sequoias from wildfire, we must save them from ourselves

Once thought to be basically immortal, sequoias are now dying in droves as fires burn bigger, hotter, and longer than any other point in human history. Protecting them is possible, but managing western woods is a Pandora’s box of tough choices.

Why climate change makes it harder to fight fire with fire

Why climate change makes it harder to fight fire with fire

Worsening wildfires in recent years have led officials to embrace planned fires to thin forests before disaster strikes. But the warming world is making it tougher to do safely.
See how the Dixie fire created its own weather

See how the Dixie fire created its own weather

This year’s largest blaze fueled its own firestorms, again and again. The New York Times reconstructed a 3-D model to let you get up close.
Wildfire smoke is loaded with microbes
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Wildfire smoke is loaded with microbes. Is that dangerous?

Researchers are putting out a call to study the potential effects of bacteria- and fungi-filled haze on human health.
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Want to fight the zombie fire apocalypse? Weaponize math
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Want to fight the zombie fire apocalypse? Weaponize math

Peat fires smolder in the ground for months, suddenly emerging as surface wildfires. New simulations reveal their strange life, death, and reanimation.
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