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San Francisco Chronicle

Lizzie Johnson

10 November 2021

California, United States

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One year after California legislators created a legal opening for formerly incarcerated firefighters to use their prison training to land firefighter jobs on the outside, the system envisioned by the law's supporters ...

High Country News

Wufei Yu

29 October 2021

Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico, United States

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Tribes in New Mexico have enlisted over 70 goats to help clear dry brush, branches, and invasive plants, which can otherwise become fuel for potential fires. The program, which has been running for almost a whole year...

Better Government Association

Cecilia Reyes

Madison Hopkins

2 August 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Many cities have experienced tragic deaths in rental apartments, but Chicago's poor record in this realm is compounded by officials' refusal to concede systemic problems. So, to follow up on an earlier report about th...

The New York Times

Emma Cott

Caroline Kim

Elie Khadra

29 July 2021

Sonoma, California, United States

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Prescribed burns are an ancient method of preventing more destructive, out-of-control wildfires. They fell into disuse for decades, worsening today's wildfire risks. California and federal forestry officials want to "...

Yes! Magazine

Anoa Changa

Laura Rosbrow-Telem

24 May 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Two ways that communities affected by police violence and racial injustice responded to the uprising after George Floyd's murder were block-by-block organizing and participatory budgeting. The first, used in Minneapol...

KQED

Danielle Venton

12 May 2021

Rock Haven, California, United States

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After years of debate and education, the residents of the tiny community of Rock Haven, in the Sierra National Forest, found the will and the money to "treat" the forest around their homes: removing dead trees and bru...

Sierra Club

Colleen Hagerty

4 May 2021

Paradise, California, United States

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After the 2018 Camp Fire that tore through the town of Paradise, California, local residents are starting to rebuild. As of April, the town issued nearly 1,500 building permits. They’re also implementing a plan to rem...

National Geographic

Charles Mann

17 December 2020

California, United States

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Indigenous Peoples Burn Network, is a collaboration of Native nations, academic researchers, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations that advocate for and train fire-lighters in the indigenous practices of co...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Harry Jacques

14 October 2020

Rawa Mekar Jaya, Riau, Indonesia

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An Indonesian government program called Masyarakat Peduli Api, or “Fire Care Community,” aims to improve community responses to wildfires and restore peatlands — valuable ecosystems that store carbon. Through communit...

The Narwhal

Kelly Boutsalis

20 September 2020

Canada

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A 3-year pilot is developing a traditional fire management program for First Nation communities using cultural burns, a practice banned for over a century. Cultural burns are used to reinvigorate the landscape so that...

High Country News

Page Buono

24 April 2020

Yurok Reservation, California, United States

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The Indigenous Peoples Burning Network works with a group of other similar networks with the shared goal of promoting prescribed fire in a positive and safe manner that will help local ecosystems and minimize the risk...

MassLive

Scott J. Croteau

26 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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As communities work to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the risk for emergency responders to contract the illness is high; but in Massachusetts, departments are putting new practices and plans into place to address t...

The New York Times

Thomas Fuller

16 January 2020

Cooinda, Northern Territory, Australia

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With the dramatic increase in wildfire danger in Australia causing international distress, officials look to an ancient Indigenous fire-prevention technique that reduces the risk of large wild-fires. This Aboriginal t...

Burlington Free Press

Elizabeth Murray

3 November 2019

South Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Vermont’s South Burlington fire department has started offering its firefighters yoga and meditation services as a way to cope with trauma. The services are offered by the Vermont Center for Responder Wellness, which ...

LAist

Sharon McNary

31 October 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In and around Los Angeles, firefighters have been able to better respond to wildfires because of better equipment and more personnel. With more off-road trucks, fire helicopters, fire engines, and a new supercomputer ...

Shareable

Tom Llewellyn

16 October 2019

Kensington, Greater London, United Kingdom

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After a devastating fire in London that took the lives of more than 70 people, the community it impacted most joined together to work through their trauma and raise awareness about economic injustice. From community g...

The New York Times

Jose A. Del Real

24 June 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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FireMap is a new program that uses real-time data to predict the direction of wildfires. In Southern California, where the tool is being tested, there is a huge potential for positive impact - fires in California swep...

High Country News

Liz Weber

17 June 2019

Sisters, Oregon, United States

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Coordination and planning can prove to be the best defensive measures against wildfires. Funded by the US Forest Service, the Community Planning Assistance for Wild Program (CPAW) promotes community fire adaptation, i...

KQED

Lauren Sommer

3 June 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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In the Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood of California, one neighborhood was designed and built to protect homes from wildfires. Included in the design were certain regulations, like regulating weeds, brush, and mulch, and...

KNBC-TV

Aliya Jasmine

30 May 2019

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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When a Southern California rainy season fuels a boom in non-native grasses, the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Forestry Division deploys herds of goats to munch on what could turn into a wildfire hazard. The goa...

Southerly

Maya Miller

Samantha Max

28 May 2019

Macon, Georgia, United States

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Prescribed fire is a way to protect forest ecosystems by starting fires in a controlled and sustainable way. The practice limits out of control forest fires and promotes the growth of important species. In Georgia, a ...

Stateline

Sophie Quinton

16 May 2019

Rustic, Colorado, United States

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Prescribed burns help prevent the devastating impact of uncontrolled forest fires in Western states. In states like Colorado, the US Forest Service, local governments, and nonprofits, are working to improve forest hab...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

29 April 2019

West, Texas, United States

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After a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the state has developed a safety course that focuses on fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate – one of the causes of the deadly fire years ago. While the course is still ...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

16 April 2019

West, Texas, United States

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Following a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant, cities in Texas are taking preventative measures. Emergency Management Specialists have updated and are employing software that tracks hazardous material storage in ...

Governing

Katherine Barrett

Richard Greene

15 January 2019

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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States and localities are moving beyond traditional uses of geographic information systems, also known as GIS, and into a wide array of smart, dynamic uses of the burgeoning technology. In Cincinatti, city analysts ex...

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