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Please Explain: Wildfires

Friday, July 15, 2011

This summer wildfires have raged in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as throughout the country, and so far over 5,800,000 acres have burned this year alone. Ken Frederick and Tom Romanello, Bureau of Land Management fire specialists at the National Interagency Fire Center, explain how wild fires start and spread, how they behave, and how they’re contained and extinguished. We’ll also find out why there seem to be so many this year, and what happens to an area after a fire.

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Guests:

Ken Frederick and Tom Romanello

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Comments [4]

robert lagana

if after the fire they're gonna start a developing project then it's likely it's been done with intent

Jul. 18 2011 02:39 AM
Meredith

Are any of the lessons learned from the 1949 Mann Gulch tragedy still in place or have firefighting evolved beyond ?

Jul. 15 2011 12:42 PM
Amy from Manhattan

In addition to the greater density of wood fires over grass fires, is the oiliness or tar content of the wood a factor, just as kitchen fires can't be put out with water?

Jul. 15 2011 12:39 PM
Paula B from California

Listening to the current segment: Did the terrible fires in Australia change US fire fighting and evacuation practices? It seemed to be a completely different level of fire that anyone had experienced and caused Australia to rethink its forest fire practices -

Jul. 15 2011 12:26 PM

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