This is why we need longer-term strategies to fight wildfires

smoke billows as the US Forest Service performs a prescribed burn using incendiary balls dropped from a helicopter in Meadow Valley as a way to control the progress of the Dixie Fire, now at nearly a quarter million acres, California, U.S., July 31, 2021.  REUTERS/David Swanson - RC20WO9113WV

Western wildfires are getting worse. Image: REUTERS/David Swanson

Susan J. Prichard
Research Scientist of Forest Ecology, University of Washington
Keala Hagmann
Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Paul Hessburg
Research Ecologist, United States Forest Service
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