Wildfire disasters have long ravaged landscapes in California and taken a toll on communities across the state.
Yet, according to a new study, the federal government is not doing enough to control the threat of wildfire in the West. https://lat.ms/2IlscK7
The president has laid the blame for out-of-control California wildfires on the state’s “gross mismanagement” of its forests.
Years of research have pointed to prescribed—or “controlled”—burns as a remedy.
The method of intentional fire-setting helps clear brush and restore ecosystems. But the practice by federal agencies has declined in much of the West over the last 20 years https://lat.ms/2Z2Drhf
In the West, including Northern and Southern California, where climate change and drought have worsened the risk of wildfire, the use of prescribed burns decreased or plateaued.
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