Fighting Mega Fires With Controlled Fires
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In Windermere Sun’s coverage of various solutions for climate change and problems associated with it, a recent development in fire prevention technology traditionally used by Native Americans (aka “traditional ecological knowledge”) for centuries came to our attention. Most forests in the world may become fireproof in just ten years, utilizing this traditional ecological knowledge embellished with modern technology. This fire prevention technology utilizes low intensity fires to clean the environment so that when the high intensity wild fires happen, there would not be huge destructive impact. Through the power of supercomputing, simulations, AI, and prescribed burns, the next megafire can be prevented. It’s also good to know that the Osceola National Forest of Florida has been running the longest experiment on controlled burns, to increase the ecological resilience and to better manage the behavior of future wildfires, in the video published on July 2, 2022, “There’s only one way to stop megafires| Hard Reset“, below:
Regularly prescribed burns means less kindling on the forest floors and fewer smaller trees and shrubs making it more difficult for fires to get through to cause more damages. Some plants and animals need fire in order to survive. Regular burns would allow uncontrolled fires not to do as much damage. It took a deliberate choice by the managers at the Osceola National Forest to ramp up prescribed fire over 15 to 20 years. In the coming decades, there will be much that the western states (such as CA) may learn from Osceola National Forest’s experience. To get the forests in California back to something close to their natural state, over a million acres per year of controlled burns for 10 years straight would be needed, translating to needing thousands and thousands of people in the forestry industry.
There is much to be said for respect toward traditional ecological knowledge.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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