Can New Research Help Reduce the Impact of Wildfires?

Governing: Wildfires in Oregon and California burned more than 3 million acres as of late September, according to data published by the National Interagency Fire Center. The U.S. total is over 7 million acres, well above the year-to-date average of 6 million seen over the last 10 years, but not as big as the numbers for five of those years.

At this writing, about half of the 42 fires in these states are more than 50 percent contained, and 12,000 firefighters are currently battling them in California alone. Peak fire season extends through the end of October.

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