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A firefighter mental health crisis as wildfires rage on

Extreme working conditions, low pay and high turnover are leading to a crisis exacerbated by more intense wildfires. Eighteen firefighters tell their stories of the mental toll — from burnout to PTSD to the loss of peers to suicide.

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Wildfires are burning state budgets

A new report shows the complex system used to pay wildfire costs is leaving states unable to pay firefighting bills and underfunding mitigation efforts as they await reimbursement from federal agencies.

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What if Indigenous women ran controlled burns?

The Karuk Tribe’s first-of-its-kind training seeks to extinguish hypermasculinity in firefighting culture.
Six wildland firefighters reflect on the brutal job of battling blazes
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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.

Why are so many firefighters still struggling to afford housing?

Why are so many firefighters still struggling to afford housing?

As the U.S. hurtles into another brutal wildfire season, the country is facing a dire shortage of federal firefighters. It’s an issue attributed to notoriously low wages that can price firefighters out of housing in the areas they’re assigned to protect.

Forest Service failed to account for climate change before prescribed burn in New Mexico

Forest Service failed to account for climate change before prescribed burn in New Mexico

The Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over prescribed burns meant to reduce the risk of disastrous wildfires.
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Changing snowfall makes it harder to fight fire with fire

Increasingly erratic weather means snow is not always there when needed to safely burn off tall debris piles like those on Colorado’s Pike-San Isabel National Forest. And that seriously complicates the job of exhausted firefighters, now forced into service year-round.

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