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Coexisting with Wildfire

Promoting the right kind of fire—and smarter development—is safer and more cost-effective than fighting a losing battle.

Max A. Moritz, Scott Gabriel Knowles

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Unlike other natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, which communities tend to treat as an inevitable hazard of living in certain locations, people tend to view wildfires as something to fight. In this article, fire ecologist Max Moritz and historian of science Scott Knowles discuss how misconceptions about forest fire prevention get in the way of making policies that better protect people and their homes, and so waste taxpayer money.


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