Jason Igniting a Controlled Burn, US Forest Service, California 2015
In the United States each year, more than 73,000 wildfires burn approximately 7 million acres of land. The number has been rising. To prevent wildfires, the US Forest Service performs controlled burns between fire seasons, when the land is wet enough that fires don’t go out of control. The budget for controlled burns is 1 percent of the amount spent fighting wildfires.
Series: Human Nature