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Native Americans Feel Double Pain of COVID-19 and Fires ‘Gobbling Up the Ground’
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Native Americans Feel Double Pain of COVID-19 and Fires ‘Gobbling Up the Ground’

When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa’s fire chief and its pandemic team leader, Moon feared the impact of the blaze... Read More

Pandemic Precautions Are Protecting Wildfire Fighters — So Far
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Pandemic Precautions Are Protecting Wildfire Fighters — So Far

District Chief Paul Duarte’s team, the first to reach the Pine Gulch fire as it began spreading across western Colorado about three weeks ago, put months of planning to the test as they prepared to battle their first major wildfire... Read More

COVID-19 Plans Put to Test as Firefighters Crowd Camps for Peak Wildfire Season
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COVID-19 Plans Put to Test as Firefighters Crowd Camps for Peak Wildfire Season

HELENA, Mont. — Jon Paul was leery entering his first wildfire camp of the year late last month to fight three lightning-caused fires scorching parts of a Northern California forest that hadn’t burned in 40 years. The 54-year-old engine captain... Read More

Trump Sought to Withhold California Fire Aid Because of Politics, Former Official Says
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Trump Sought to Withhold California Fire Aid Because of Politics, Former Official Says

WASHINGTON — The former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security claims in a political ad released Monday that President Donald Trump tried to withhold disaster relief money for California’s wildfires because voters in the state opposed him... Read More

Pine Gulch Wildfire Explodes, Becoming One of the Largest in Colorado History
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Pine Gulch Wildfire Explodes, Becoming One of the Largest in Colorado History

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Pine Gulch fire, a lightning-sparked wildfire burning north of Grand Junction, exploded overnight, nearly doubling in size to become the seventh-largest fire in the state’s history, fire officials said. The fire, which started July 31,... Read More

State, Federal Officials Take Different Paths Trying to Stop Utilities From Causing Wildfires
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State, Federal Officials Take Different Paths Trying to Stop Utilities From Causing Wildfires

SAN DIEGO — Nearly two years after one of the deadliest corporate crimes in California history — a utility-sparked wildfire that killed scores of people and destroyed the city of Paradise in rural Butte County — state and federal officials... Read More

Why California Still Isn’t Safe a Year After the Camp Fire
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Why California Still Isn’t Safe a Year After the Camp Fire

PARADISE, Calif. — Chainsaws were humming and backhoes were beeping. Wood frames were being hammered into place. It was the sound of Paradise rebuilding, one nail at a time. “I love it up here — it’s beautiful,” said Holly Austin,... Read More

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