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Using the old burns to help lessen the new burns

The Bootleg Fire smoke plume grows over a single tree on Monday, July, 12, 2021 near Bly, Ore.
The Bootleg Fire smoke plume grows over a single tree on Monday, July, 12, 2021 near Bly, Ore.

When we talk about a fire burning across the landscape, we do not often point out that the entire landscape generally does not burn.

When you hear that a fire burned 100,000 acres, the degree of burning can vary wildly inside that perimeter. In fact, some patches may not have burned at all.

This is the "mosaic" of fire, where burned land is not burned evenly. The firefighter group FUSEE--Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology--advocates making use of the fire mosaic to lessen the intensity of future fires in the same area.

We explore the concepts with FUSEE Executive Director Timothy Ingalsbee and Mike Beasley, retired Fire Management Officer for the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.

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