Why the forest must burn

"After 15 years of massive and severe blazes that have blackened landscape and choked the community with smoke for weeks at a time, severely disrupting people’s lives and the local economy, Sisters lives in dread of wildfire each summer. To push back against those impacts, foresters must fight fire with fire: specifically, prescribed fire.

Fire is not the enemy of the forest — in fact, it’s essential to the forest’s health. Ponderosa pine forests like those of Sisters Country need fire to clear out underbrush and small trees and allow the big trees to become towering, resilient giants."

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