The massive fires that took the lives of over 40 people in California were not the only devastating wildfires as of late.
Utah, Montana, and other states have been hit by destructive infernos that have left death and widespread property damage in their wake.
Forest fires—what firefighters call wildland fires—are undoubtedly a part of nature and can never be stopped entirely, but the measurable uptick in extraordinarily large fires is a trend that is causing intolerable amounts of damage.
Forest management policy has become calcified and centralized over the last half century, but there are some serious ideas that can turn things around.
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