Focus On Our Future: Rethinking How We Deal with Forest Fires

Broadcast on 2013/10/05 (AZ Time)

WP_Donfalk-UADon Falk –  Associate Professor, University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment

As a person who lost a cabin in one of the most devastating forest fires in the Southwest, what Don Falk has to say is of great interest to me – personally and professionally. According to Falk, there are at least three areas where we can rethink our relationship to forest fires, their causes and consequences. By far the most important factor is understanding and accepting the reality of climate change. The increases in area burned, for example, are driven by earlier loss of mountain snowpack as well as drier winters and warmer spring and summer temperatures. In other words, it’s all about connecting the scientific dots. Are we doing fire suppression the right way? What can be done differently to help minimize the devastating impact of these increasing violent threats? Join me to find out. This show sponsored by The University of Arizona.

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