Philip S. Wenz

The wildfire next time: How hot will it burn?

In my town, there was a fire.

It exploded in the middle of the night, burning 86 acres in a hilly Urban Wildlife Interface Zone, destroying most of a park and damaging two homes at its edge. It could have been a lot worse, if not for the response of no less than 11 fire departments from nearby towns that rushed to help our overwhelmed...

Philip S. Wenz, who grew up in Durango and Boulder, now lives in Corvallis, Ore., where he teaches “Creating Your Ecological House” at the community college and writes on environmental issues. Reach him via e-mail through his Web site,

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