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By Amanda Eggert
Montana Free Press 

Living with Fire Part 1: The evolution of Wildfire Suppression


Neal Herbert/National Park Service

A patchwork of burned areas and smoke from the Fawn Fire in Yellowstone National Park, Sept. 3, 2016.

Note: As the West enters another fire season, where, how and why federal land management agencies decide to suppress wildfires and implement fuel reduction projects will be hotly debated, as residents, environmentalists, agency heads, and politicians tangle with how much, if any, thinning, logging, and prescribed burning is appropriate to mitigate fire risk.

Three trends play an important role...

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