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Learning To Live With Fire

Author(s): Tom Tidwell
Year Published: 2018

Each year, the wildfire season in the Western United States brings headlines and news reports, mostly factual but sometimes misleading. This year is no different, a case in point being “Let Forest Fires Burn? What the Black-Backed Woodpecker Knows” (Gillis 2017). Stories like this feed widespread misperceptions in the United States: that most wildfires burn on the national forests and grasslands; that the Forest Service does most of the firefighting, suppressing every fire it can; and that the Forest Service is responsible for most of the effects, including homes lost and wildlife habitat destroyed. None of this is true. The issue is private lands each year—and national in scope. As Americans, in some years far less. It was we are all in this together. We need only about 18 percent in 2010, to learn to live with fire.

Citation: Tidwell, Tom. 2018. Learning To Live With Fire. Fire Management Today 76 (1): 6-8.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 17751
Record updated: Jun 7, 2018