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In 1911, the Forest Service stopped using ground fires to thin fuels, and in 1935, a new policy went into effect to put out all wildland fires within 24 hours of detection.
They ditched that policy in the 70s, but now, a new bill introduced by two California Republicans aims to bring that strategy back.
The problem is that scientists say it’s the exact opposite of what we need to do, and that’s because many don’t understand why fire does what it does and why that matters.
A Missoula fire lab is the only one of its kind in the U.S.
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