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Underground History: How Cultural Fire Curtailed Catastrophic Burning

University of Utah research on preventing catastrophic fires.
University of Utah research on preventing catastrophic fires.

Each summer--heck, it's more than summer now--the concern about wildfire returns. We've seen too many fires consume too much land and homes in recent years.

The idea of burning land on purpose periodically continues to grow in popularity, especially when we study the ways of the people who originally occupied the land around us.

This month's Underground History, our joint venture with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, takes up University of Utah research that shows cultural burning by indigenous people did indeed reduce the incidence of catastrophic fire.

Chelsea Rose from SOULA returns, along with a guest from the University of Utah and indigenous land-use.

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