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'The fire moved around it': success story in Oregon fuels calls for prescribed burns [theguardian.com]

 

By Maanvi Singh, The Guardian, August 12, 2021

The Bootleg fire stampeded through southern Oregon so fiercely that it spit up thunderclouds. But when the flames approached the Sycan Marsh Preserve, a 30,000-acre wetland thick with ponderosa pines, something incredible happened.

The flames weakened and the fire slowed down, allowing firefighters to move in and steer the blaze away from a critical research station.

That land belongs to the Nature Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit that has worked with the local Klamath Tribes to bring back pre-colonial forest management techniques such as prescribed fire – small, controlled burns that clear out fire-fueling vegetation, renew the soil and prevent bigger, runaway blazes.

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