Recreating Forests of the Past Isn’t Enough to Fix Our Wildfire Problems

The “Flagstaff Model” of restoration works well in some areas, but not in others such as chaparral shrublands. Photo: Stephen Pyne.  Stephen Pyne, Regents Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, lends his thoughts and consideration to the theory that restoration of forests is the answer to out-of-whack wildlands with bigger,..

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Continuing the Discussion about the Changing Paradigm of “Managing” Fires

The 30,357-acre Juniper Fire near Young, AZ.  Photo: Payson Roundup  We continue to monitor the outcomes of several fires around the west which teams are “managing” for a variety of benefits.  As discussed in earlier blog posts, these include: firefighter safety, community protection and public safety, reduction of fuel loads, restoration of the landscape, reducing..

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Reasons Why the Juniper Fire is the “Ideal Fire” to Let Play Its Natural Role

Juniper Fire, June 2016.  Photo credit:  AZCentral.com Where fire managers have the opportunity, unplanned ignitions can lead to overwhelming success towards resilient landscapes, fire adapted communities and a safer, more effective wildland fire response. We started this conversation earlier this week in a post about the Bert Fire. Fire managers on the Juniper Fire are communicating about..

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County Commissioners Share and Learn about Fire Adapted Communities at NACo’s WIR Meeting

Clockwise from top left: Chief Willy Watsabaugh, Jackson Hole Fire & EMS; Bill Crapser, Wyoming State Forester;  Jim Matson, County Commissioner, Kane County, Utah;  Mark Peck, County Commissioner, Lincoln County, Montana; Sue Stewart, Director of Fire & Aviation, US Forest Service Region 4.  Photo: Kate Lighthall Not surprisingly, wildfire is a pretty persuasive magnet to..

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