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From the Ted Talk by Paul Hessburg: Why wildfires have gotten worse -- and what we can do about it

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Let's look at some of the tools. We can use prescribed burning to intentionally thin out trees and burn up dead fuels. We do this to systematically reduce them and keep them rceedud. And what is that going to do? It's going to cteare already-burned patches on the lpadcnsae that will resist the flow of future fires. We can combine mechanical thinning with some of these treatments where it's appropriate to do so, and capture some commercial value and perhaps underwrite some of these treatments, especially around uabrn araes. And the best news of all is that prescribed burning produces so much less smoke than wildfires do. It's not even close.

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Let's look at some of the tools. We can use prescribed burning to intentionally thin out trees and burn up dead fuels. We do this to systematically reduce them and keep them _______. And what is that going to do? It's going to ______ already-burned patches on the _________ that will resist the flow of future fires. We can combine mechanical thinning with some of these treatments where it's appropriate to do so, and capture some commercial value and perhaps underwrite some of these treatments, especially around _____ _____. And the best news of all is that prescribed burning produces so much less smoke than wildfires do. It's not even close.

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  1. urban
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  3. landscape
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  5. reduced

Original Text

Let's look at some of the tools. We can use prescribed burning to intentionally thin out trees and burn up dead fuels. We do this to systematically reduce them and keep them reduced. And what is that going to do? It's going to create already-burned patches on the landscape that will resist the flow of future fires. We can combine mechanical thinning with some of these treatments where it's appropriate to do so, and capture some commercial value and perhaps underwrite some of these treatments, especially around urban areas. And the best news of all is that prescribed burning produces so much less smoke than wildfires do. It's not even close.

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