Hand in Fire Fighting

Military crews that are trained as firefighters attack smoldering embers near Clear Creek, Idaho. More than a billion dollars is spent annually suppressing fires that burn millions of acres of western land... 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 and 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...