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Homes that survived the Marshall Fire didn’t come through unscathed. Matthew Jonas/MediaNews Group/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images

Homes that survived the Marshall Fire 1 year ago harbored another disaster inside – here’s what we’ve learned about this insidious urban wildfire risk

Noxious smells and blowing ash initially made the homes unlivable. But even after their homes were cleaned, some residents still reported health effects months later.
A wooden effigy of a man is erected each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and later burned down. AP Photo/Ron Lewis

Burning Man highlights the primordial human need for ritual

In Nevada, people create a makeshift city toward the end of summer and later burn it down. What’s behind this event, and what makes it meaningful?
Generators should not be used in confined and poorly ventilated spaces. Shutterstock

Carbon monoxide: what is it and why is it deadly?

The early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches or dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, tiredness, chest and stomach pains and visual problems.
After the 2018 wildfire in Paradise, Calif., many fire-damaged homes were razed. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A case for retreat in the age of fire

Managed retreat is already common in flood-prone areas, but what about in neighborhoods at high risk from wildfires? Here are four ways communities can pull back for safety.
Stefan Doerr

Climate change: wildfire risk has grown nearly everywhere – but we can still influence where and how fires strike

Fire weather reason – when wildfires are most likely to strike – has expanded almost everywhere.
Satellites captured the tree loss from Hurricane Michael in 2018. This is where fires were burning in 2022. Forwarn/USDA Forest Service

How a hurricane fueled wildfires in the Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael left a jumbled mess of downed trees. Cleaning it up is even harder than it sounds, and now dead trees are burning.

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