The US Forest Service Planned to Increase Burning to Prevent Wildfires

By Emma Foehringer Merchant
Inside Climate News
October 11, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In September, the Forest Service released its recommendations on how to better implement prescribed fire—laying out additional checks that practitioners must implement before burning, calling for the development of a national strategy on how to perform prescribed burns and building out a labor force dedicated to that work. It could be a fresh start, a way to get much more “good fire” on the land to improve forest health and reduce the overloads of woody fuels that could feed the next megafire. But some fire scientists, land managers and foresters worry the summer’s freeze on such burns may lead to more delays, or restrict treatment on more acres. …“We’re just going to have to flip the way we think about these things and get to work,” said Bill Tripp. “If we don’t, we’re just going to continue to see small towns get wiped off the map.”

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