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Fire Expert Explains Why Fire Is Needed


Two statements about wildfire are both diametrically opposed and simultaneously true.  Here they are: nobody wants to talk about fires anymore/everybody wants to talk about fires. 

It's just this: we're tired of fire season, yet need to have discussions about how to keep future seasons from getting worse than this one. 

Richard Fairbanks knows a thing or two about fire, after a career in the U.S. Forest Service that included a big role in the Biscuit Fire recovery project.  We get him on the phone to wade into the climate-change-vs-forest-management debate about this and other fire seasons.   


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.