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Katie Fite crouched behind sagebrush in early April, peak mating season for sage grouse on part of the Oregon-Nevada border. Fite could see male grouse issuing their signature zip-popping mati…

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The remains of a home left after a wildfire spread through the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, on Wednesday. Officials say a wildfire burned about 150 structures, including homes, in Ruidoso.

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A farmworker wears a bandana as protection against wildfire smoke in a Washington orchard. The state Department of Labor and Industries set an emergency rule July 16 for working in smoke.

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A farmworker wears a bandana to protect him against wildfire smoke in a Washington orchard. Oregon regulators and legislators are considering ways to require masks for those who work outdoors …

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A new study found that the use of controlled burns has waned in the West.

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A fire burns sagebrush in eastern Oregon. The Bureau of Land Management is proposing a network of fire breaks in the West aimed at slowing the spread of wildfires. The breaks would parallel ro…

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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, joined at right by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., discuss ways to improve the health of the forests and how to reduce wildfire…

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 image taken from video provided by Fox-12 Oregon, a wildfire rages near Dufur, Ore. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., wrote a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue…

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Vantage, Wash., with about 200 people, was evacuated late Monday. Interstate 90 between Vantage and Ellensburg was also closed by the wind-whipped wildfire.

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Firefighters watch a wildfire at the east end of Burke Lake between George and Quincy, Wash., at 5:46 p.m. July 1. They lacked roads to reach the fire until it jumped the lake and spread farth…

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Anthony Leibelt, deputy chief of Grant County Fire District 3, points with firefighter Brian Evens to a wildfire across Burke Lake in the remote Quincy Lakes between Quincy and George, Wash., …

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The Boxcar fire near Maupin, Ore., in 2018 charred rangeland and sent ranchers scrambling to protect their homes and livestock. The BLM Prineville district office is using aerial spraying to t…

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Molly Linville pets the lone steer, Sailor, in her herd of 27 cows on KV Ranch near Palisades, Wash. She reduced the herd by more than half after losing most of her grazing ground to wildfire …

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Firefighters spray water on hot spots along burned fenceline and poplar trees on the edge of Panorama Orchard northwest of Wenatchee, Wash., on Nov. 2. A wildfire burned 1,100 acres, mostly gr…

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Smoke still rises from hillsides north of Wenatchee, Wash., at 5 p.m. Nov. 1. Upwards of 1,000 acres of federal grassland burned in the latest area wildfires in recent memory. This scene is lo…

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This Nov. 7, 2013, photo provided by the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project shows an unidentified worker burning a pile of collected undergrowth in the Deschutes National Forest in central…

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In this Aug. 2016 file photo, a plane drops a load of fire retardant on the north side of Beacon Hill, in Spokane, Wash. The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho have forged agreements leading to mor…

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A firefighter working on wildfires in Southern Oregon. Managers report that this wildfire season was the lightest in decades.

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Cascade Locks, Ore., nestled in tall fir trees alongside the Columbia River, is inundated by smoke from the nearby Eagle Creek wildfire Wednesday. Smoke from wildfires in the Cascade Mountains…

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The downtown skyline is visible through hazy smoke from wildfires in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. The dozens of fires burning across the Western United States and Canada have blanke…

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The Diamond Creek fire burns July 23 in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington. Northwest fire officials warned Aug. 8 that the wildfire season can be expected to worsen.

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Canyon Creek Fire burns alongside State Route 153 north of Carlton, Wash., the evening of July 15. Firefighters hope to contain the fire at 1,200 acres.

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Firefighters battle a wildfire as it threatens to jump a street near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8. Evening winds drove the fire through several neighborhoods leveling homes in its path.

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