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Fighting Fire with Fire in New Mexico’s Ponderosa Pines

Courtesy of Western State Colorado University
A stand of Ponderosa Pines in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest recovers from the Las Conchas fire, which was at the time the largest wildfire in state history.";

Prescribed burns are a useful tool against the increasing danger of wildfires in the Western United States. But there’s a risk. 

So, how do you convince residents of the country that introduced Smokey Bear that more frequent fires are the way to go? One way: data. KBUT’s Christopher Biddle has the story.

This story is part of Western Slope Resources Reporting, a collaboration between community radio stations KOTO, KBUT, KVNF, KDNK, and KSJD. It provides in-depth coverage of how people and organizations are finding creative and positive ways to overcome natural resource-related challenges in the region.

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