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Prescribed burns fight fire with fire, but face obstacles

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Additionally, Hood said not everyone loves the idea of a prescribed burn, since it can raise concerns about air quality. But Hood said, "Depending on how we burn, we can produce a lot less smoke than a wildfire that is consuming a lot more fuels."

And in other practical terms, Hood said prescribed burns require specialized workers, and there aren't always enough of them to do it properly. Right now, the U.S. Forest Service is working to increase that capacity of workers.

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News Source: 
Wyoming Public Media
Date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019