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Facing a wildfire crisis with underpaid heroes

Facing a wildfire crisis with underpaid heroes

U.S. wildland firefighters face dire circumstances, enduring unlivable wages and dangerous conditions while protecting the nation from wildfires.

Louise Boyle reports for The Independent.

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Wildland firefighters face a national crisis amid low pay and high risks

Wildland firefighters face a national crisis amid low pay and high risks

The U.S. is grappling with a dwindling number of wildland firefighters, essential defenders against the escalating threat of wildfires, as inadequate government support and compensation push these crucial workers to the brink.

Abe Streep reports for ProPublica.

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Mental health crisis grows among climate change disasters first responders

First responders on the frontlines of climate disasters are suffering from a mental health crisis. Firefighters battling California’s megafires have taken the brunt in suffering from mental health. The California Fire director has pledged to make mental health his highest priority.
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How pop culture could hinder the public's understanding of wildfires

The depictions of firefighters and wildfire fighting in contemporary pop culture may help or hinder the public's understanding of the growing dangers of wildfires under epic climate change.
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Six wildland firefighters reflect on the brutal job of battling blazes


Firefighters have stories that are often overshadowed by the fires they work on, but their struggles have undoubtedly garnered more attention recently as fire seasons grow, and as more firefighters leave the profession and advocate for those who continue to stick it out.

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Wildfire smoke may carry deadly fungi

Wildfire smoke may carry deadly fungi long distances

Pathogens in soil are a danger to firefighters, but smoke may transport spores that cause valley fever and other infections into cities too.
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As wildfires grow, militaries are torn between combat, climate change

Europe's militaries are caught between defending against Russia and fighting global warming-driven wildfires. Leaders say the problem will only worsen.
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