Flames Flare Up

Smoke and flames rise as BLM staff sets a prescribed burn in Oregon to clear land for grazing and keep down potentially flammable undergrowth. Years of fire suppression create an environment that is prone to wild fires during dry summers.  Managing cattle land and wilderness ecosystems is a difficult balance. ..   More than a billion dollars is spent annually suppressing wildfires that burn millions of acres of western land. Though fire plays an integral role in many forest and rangeland ecosystems, decades of efforts directed at extinguishing every fire that burned on public lands have disrupted the natural fire regimes that once existed. ..   Moreover, as more communities develop and grow in areas that are adjacent to fire-prone lands in what is known as the wildland/urban interface, wildland fires pose increasing threats to people and their property... Though wildland fires play an integral role in many forest and rangeland ecosystems, decades of efforts directed at extinguishing every fire that burned on public lands have disrupted the natural fire regimes that once existed. ..   Moreover, as more communities develop and grow in areas that are adjacent to fire-prone lands in what is known as the wildland/urban interface, wildland fires pose increasing threats to people and their property...