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By Ryan Bell
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Fuels reduction amidst climate change

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January 20, 2022

Ryan Bell, CRC Community Forester

Pile burning in Hamilton, Montana.

Wildfire seasons are becoming longer and more destructive. The 2021 fire season in Oregon began in May, a month early, due to drought conditions resulting in low fuel moistures and a light snow pack. Typically, fire seasons come to a close in mid to late fall when we see our first snows. As climate change impacts regional weather, we are seeing devastating events like those in Superior and Louisville, Colorado, where 30,000 homes were evacuated on Dec. 30 , 2021 due to a wind-driven wildfire. These catastrophic wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains give us an idea of what m...



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