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There’s a Better Way to Fight Wildfires, Indigenous Groups Say

Amy Bainbridge and Angus Whitley of Bloomberg report on the ways in which indigenous groups fight wildfires.

The C3 Take
  • After record wildfires in Australia, the Australian government is turning to indigenous groups to guide them in firefighting efforts.
  • First Nations leaders have stated that active forest management techniques like prescribed burns and “cold burns” (which are small fires that are not very hot) are essential to preventing future catastrophic wildfires.
  • Australia’s indigenous leaders have also stated that these methods could be used in Canada and the U.S.

“As it gets late in the afternoon, the winds will start to die right down. Then we’ll start coming in and doing all of our night burns so we can get more control of that fire and make it do exactly what we want. If you come into one of our burns, what we call cold burns, you can literally walk along with the fire, touch the soil. Green grasses are still there.”

Read the full article here.

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