Indonesian Troops Battle the World’s Worst Wildfire
The world has seen a particularly dry year, with record breaking fires around the world — including the United States. But the wildfires burning in Indonesia are possibly this year’s worst environmental disaster. When wildfires rage out of control, they can stretch civil firefighting resources. In a worst case scenario, the military needs to... Read more
The U.S. Government Developed ‘Water Bombs’ After World War II
Aerial tankers dumping water on forest fires is now common practice, but in the early days, engineers tried different kinds of bizarre experiments … including exploding “water bombs.” It’s not a bad idea … in theory. During the 1940s, the U.S. Forest Service teamed up with the U.S. Air Force... Read more
This Army Medic Pulled a Bug Out of a Firefighter’s Head
“The other night, we pulled a moth out of some guy’s ear — that was pretty exciting,” Sgt. Annie Parrish says. Parrish is a medic with the Washington Army National Guard. She’s one of more than a thousand soldiers supporting the fight against wildfires that are scorching wilderness and rural... Read more
We Joined Troops Battling Washington’s Wildfires
The air is hard to breath as we walk up the gravel road. Smoke fills the air, obscuring the trees and mountains in the distance. It’s Aug. 25 and we’re about 10 miles south of Loomis, Wash. — one of several towns in the path of the Okanogan Complex Fire.... Read more
America Is at War With Fire
The American West is burning. An unusually hot and dry summer led to widespread drought and turned the forests and plains into kindling. Now massive wildfires rage from California to as far north as Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula near the Canadian border and all the way across to the... Read more

Kevin Knodell

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