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Burning questions in study of wildfire

Understanding what drives big fires and predicting their behavior helps the fire community prepare for the next blaze through appropriate land management, emergency plans and firefighting strategies.
July 12, 2016
A helicopter drops fire retardant on wildfire during 2011 Las Conchas fire in New Mexico.

A helicopter drops fire retardant on wildfire during 2011 Las Conchas fire in New Mexico.

Science on the Hill: Burning questions in study of wildfire

by Rodmann Linn

We can’t stop all fires—and we shouldn’t. Healthy ecosystems depend on them. But understanding what drives big fires and predicting their behavior helps the fire community prepare for the next blaze through appropriate land management, emergency plans and firefighting strategies.

This story first appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

 


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