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Is the western US ready to admit that sometimes nature needs to burn? – HotAir

Is the western US ready to admit that sometimes nature needs to burn? – HotAir
Learning the hard way

The 537-square-mile (1,391-square-kilometer) Bootleg Fire is burning 300 miles (483 kilometers) southeast of Portland in and around the Fremont-Winema National Forest, a vast expanse of old-growth forest, lakes and wildlife refuges.But eyeing how the Bootleg Fire — fueled by extreme weather — keeps growing by miles each day, officials with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwest Oregon are asking for more outside crews to be ready should there be a surge in fire activity there.(Associated Press) The threat of thunderstorms and lightning has prompted officials in fire-ravaged Oregon to ask for help from outside the Pacific Northwest to prepare for additional blazes as many resources are already devoted to a massive fire in the state that has grown to a third the size of Rhode Island.One fun fact is found with the lifecycle of the giant sequoias of the pacific northwest.

While the trees can live to be more than 3,000 years old, they require forest fires to be able to reproduce.The trees evolved to survive massive forest fires because those forests have been burning for as long as there have been forests.

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