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Episode 3: Streamers

Ashley Ahearn
When a wildfire raced through sagebrush within a quarter-mile of Ashley's house, she found herself feeling lost, standing in her driveway with the trailer packed for evacuation ... and drinking a beer.

As the climate warms and invasive cheatgrass moves in, thousands of acres of sagebrush are burning across the West each year. And sage grouse are feeling the heat too, as the ecosystem shift destroys their habitat.

Caleb McAdoo is a biologist with Nevada Fish and Game. He's lived in sagebrush country his whole life — he loves this landscape — and now, he's watching it disappear before his eyes. What can we learn from wildfire?

A transcript of this episode is available.