24 Jul '14, 8pm

Northwest wildfires: We broke the forests, now we need to fix them

Northwest wildfires: We broke the forests, now we need to fix them

The Northwest is ablaze. Both Washington and Oregon are in official states of emergency as dozens of fires burn on forests and rangelands. Rainy weather in some areas has helped firefighters in the past few days, but according to the federal government’s InciWeb website , there are still 22 large fires burning almost a million acres in the two states. The half-contained Carlton Complex fire in north-central Washington alone has torched 150 homes and burned more than a quarter million acres, making it the largest in state history. Welcome to the hot, flammable future, America. We’ve been setting ourselves up for these fires for a long, long time. David Freedman has a strong piece on the past, present, and future of wildfire in America in the latest issue of Men’s Journal . Here’s a snippet starring Dave Cleaves, an economist and former professor who now advises the chief of...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/northwest-wildfires-we-broke-the-fo...

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