Fighting fire with fire: Reducing catastrophic wildfires through
managed burns

Wildfire season in the United States is frequently devastating in terms of damage and costs. NAU researchers are at the forefront of solutions to limit the frequency and severity of wildfires. For example, using controlled burns to strategically thin forests and reduce the amount of fuel for a potential wildfire can greatly reduce the capacity for destruction. A paper co-authored by Dr. Pete Fulé, published in Science, raises awareness of the critical role of fire in forest management and promotes the use of fire on a larger scale.