Experts debate challenges of adapting to wildfires

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Big fires are as certain as taxes in the Southwest, fueled lately by drought, overgrown forests and climate change.

Wildfires are burning hundreds of thousands of acres, changing landscapes, destroying homes and costing more than a billion dollars a year. Preparing teams to fight them and repairing burned land to reduce flooding after a wildfire costs millions more.

Last year, one wildfire also cost the lives of 19 Arizona firefighters.

The mounting challenges brought more than 150 scientists and land managers together in Tucson, Ariz., this week to brainstorm the best strategies to help Southwestern ecosystems and communities adapt to wildfire.

Read the rest of this February 26 Santa Fe New Mexican article, including a perspective from Don Falk, associate professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, at the link below.

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