When Fire Goes Wild

Stories from the inferno.
6 stories
By Editors Recommend

Rendering Inferno

Flames leap 200 feet in the air and burn at 2,000 degrees. A rain of fire sets thousands of acres ablaze. The smoke jumpers may get the glory, but the battle is being won by the wildfire simulation brigade.

Oct 2004

Out of the Ashes

What does it take to recover from an emotional and financial catastrophe? Ten years after the Oakland wildfires, three families look back.

Oct 2001

“Is Something Burning?”

The night the fires came to Wildcat Canyon.

Feb 2004

Burning Question

Why are wildfires defying long-standing computer models?

Sep 2012

Black Copters over Oregon

When President Bush visited rural Oregon to tout his Healthy Forest Initiative, huge fires suddenly broke out—and a lot of people in the small town of Sisters think he dropped the match.

Sep 2003

The Sky Is Burning

Greg and Julie Welch thought they were taking their regular, annual trip, paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. Then the fire came.

Mar 2013