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Using forest fires to prevent forest fires

8/31/2015
This policy of fire suppression is one the US has followed for over a century. Some scientists, however, are beginning to question this strategy. There is a growing consensus of researchers who believe suppressing forest fires might actually be causing more severe fires, and worsening climate
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Lack of prescribed burns fuels rise of megafires, ASU fire historian says

8/28/2015
With the largest fire in Washington state history raging and the sixth-worst fire season on record in the U.S. since 1960, the nation’s eyes are mesmerized by the lapping flames and expanding smoke clouds of wildfires. An eye-popping 7 million acres have burned in Alaska and the Lower 48 this year.
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NAU researchers study fungi's ability to help trees weather climate change

8/13/2015
In the shadow of Sunset Crater, a smattering of pinyon pine, juniper and shrubby Apache plume cling to a shallow layer of soil sandwiched between a black, gravelly mixture of ash and cinders. Catherine Gehring, a professor of plant and fungal ecology at Northern Arizona University, wound through
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California hotshots move from fire to fire as wildfire season blazes on

8/13/2015
There are currently 16 active wildfires across California and 11,000 firefighters are on the ground battling the blazes.
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Fighting fire with fire: Prescribed burns take aim at wildfire threats

8/5/2015
As bureaucrats in Washington were complaining about growing costs of wildfires Wednesday, forest officials in Arizona were lighting a forest fire – but the two groups are working toward the same goal.
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4FRI thinning project begins on Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff

8/4/2015
A 1,017-acre forest thinning project associated with the Four Forest Restoration Initiative began Monday on the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest.
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Conserving Arizona Forests

8/3/2015
While many may associate the southwestern U.S. with only miles of arid desert land, Arizona is actually home to six national forests that include snowcapped mountains, lakes and rivers. In Arizona, where extensive droughts and increasing demand place pressure on limited water supplies, healthy
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