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    Default Oregon’s Indigenous Communities Know How to Stop Megafires. Will the State Let Them?

    Shannon Gormley
    October 7, 2020

    In May 2019, Merv George Jr. stood onstage at the Camelot Theatre in Talent, Ore., in front of a few dozen locals, and issued a warning. If Oregon is going to prevent massive wildfires, it's going to have to start lighting a lot of little ones.

    George, 47, is the U.S. Forest Service supervisor for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest on the Oregon-California border. He'd come to the small Southern Oregon town to talk about controlled burns—small fires deliberately set in order to clear underbrush, creating more space between trees to prevent fires from spreading rapidly.

    As a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the concept of fighting fire with fire is part of George's heritage. It's a common practice in other parts of the country, where the terrain is less rugged.

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    Controlled burns certainly help. But, the authorities have not sufficiently factored in the extent to which climate change has exacerbated the problem of mega wildfires. The land is drier than ever, and the wildfire season has been extended as a result of climate change. Many of the mega wildfires have taken place on federal lands. The U.S. Forest Service has devoted increased funds to help fight the problem, but it simply can't keep up. Controlled burns certainly help, but more needs to be done to fully address the issue.

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    Yeah, fighting fire with fire could be problematic if not done right, further exacerbating air quality. And every now 'n then, some of these controlled burns have gotten out of hand with surprise changes in wind direction.
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    Sadly, we are 500 years too late. The indigenous people have been managing wilderness areas successfully since long before the advent of Europeans. Of course "we" knew better, and the results are obvious, especially in the US and Australia. Given climate change, it may already be too late to undo the damage that has been done and change course toward better management.
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