How the U.S. West Can Live with Fire

Climate Central: Homes and stables were evacuated during a rattling evening southeast of Los Angeles last month, as tall flames licked property lines while they chewed through pine needles, dead leaves and other fuels that had built up in scrub and forest during a decades-long absence of fire. Firefighters eventually prevailed against the Highway Fire--so-named because it began near a highway--by corralling it and watching as it burned out. But the 1,000-acre conflagration was an anxiety-inducing prelude to what's......

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