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Wildfires

Wildfires have become a year-round occurrence in the western part of the United States. These are stories documenting and fighting this trend.

The county has partnered with Pano AI tech to monitor for wildfire activity. The technology uses high-definition cameras and artificial intelligence to help spot fires, check fuel conditions and zero in on specific locations.
The imagery and intelligence technology relies on private aircraft, crowdsourcing and even the U.S. Forest Service to provide tactical data to first responders and residents. Bridger recently said it would go public.
Heat waves have hit cities around the country this summer. With extreme heat and heat-related disasters projected to increase, local governments are considering the ways they can help mitigate risk.
Through the Love My Air program, the city of Denver is empowering residents and public officials alike to make better decisions with data related to air quality for personal and public health.
Some residents in the path of the massive Northern California wildfire say they did not receive emergency evacuation alerts from Siskiyou County’s CodeRED system. The fire has killed four people.
King County, Wash.,’s new 12-point Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategy enlists the expertise of 29 different local entities but also calls on the public and private forest landowners to do their part to mitigate wildfire risk.
Cities, especially those in fire-prone areas, are increasingly exploring tech-based alternatives to traditional fireworks shows. While not everyone is a fan of the switch, officials are discovering unexpected benefits.
Greenville, "a small town with a soul," is home to the largest community in the Indian Valley with about 1,000 people. It’s a town of history with buildings that date back to the mid-1800s and businesses that tote Gold-Rush era artifact.
As the 55,000-acre McKinney fire continued to burn in California’s Klamath National Forest on Monday, emergency crews encountered increasingly grim evidence of the wildfire’s extraordinary and explosive growth.
The McKinney Fire, in a Klamath Mountains subrange west of Yreka, raced across 20,000 acres overnight Saturday and had devoured 52,498 acres as of Sunday evening, the largest fire now burning in California, state and federal fire agencies said.