Nearly a century of aggressive fire suppression has left our National Forests overcrowded and disease infested, leading to historically high amounts of dead and live fuels accumulation. This paired with a recent trend of hotter and drier summers sets the stage for a surge in conflagrations so immense that more and more fire suppression efforts are proving futile. Not only does this epidemic threaten our wild legacy, but it also puts thousands of firefighters, homeowners, and those who recreate at risk. “Fueling The Inferno” provides an introduction to this issue and explores some of the causal factors and societal implications.
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