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Historian and former firefighter notes the growth in wildfires

William G. Robbins was a firefighter for a time, before becoming a historian and professor at Oregon State University.

Who else better to note the difference between fires 50+ years ago and now?

Dr. Robbins looks back at his own career, and at what has happened in that time with fires on the landscape, in an article in the latest issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly, Oregon and Climate Change: The Age of Megafires in the American West.

We get the professor's perspective on a period of great change in wildfire.

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