Get used to it: Fire experts warn summer smoke and flames aren’t going away

By Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
October 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We may not know how to live with wildfire, but the question won’t go away for lack of answers. A panel of experts from insurance agents to national forest supervisors and fire ecologists agreed that people in the forested West need to make choices about how much smoke they can stand, how much work they’re willing to do, and what they’re willing to lose for the opportunity to live in a beautiful landscape. The gathering, put on by, drew more than 100 people to the University of Montana on Tuesday night. “The ecology just is,” UM fire ecologist Phil Higuera answered to the question ‘is there too much fire ecologically or socially?’ “You may lose some of the things you’re used to. Is that good or bad? It’s the humans that value what’s out there.”

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