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Why we need to learn to live with fire instead of fighting it

Why we need to learn to live with fire instead of fighting it

The 2015 fire season is poised to become among the worst in American history. More than 6 million acres have burned nationwide, most of that in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, and the season has just come into its prime in drought-plagued California, where more than 50 blazes have prompted the evacuation of thousands of residents. By the end of summer, thousands of firefighters will have risked their lives and billions of dollars will have been spent in an attempt to control the flames. Despite the effort, towns and watersheds may well turn to ash.

We created our fire problem, and virtually everything we're doing to combat it only makes it worse.

Most Western forests grew up...

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