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Wildfires are ruinous – so how to stop them happening in the first place?

By Phoebe Weston

12 Feb 2020 · 6 min read

A succession of destructive blazes have flared across the planet in Australia, the Americas and the Mediterranean – even in the Arctic circle – in the past five years, leaving devastation in their wake.

Experts say that global heating is increasing the frequency and intensity of such blazes. So what can be done? Fire experts point to a host of techniques that can help prevent fires before they have even started. These range from deliberate off-season blazes designed to manage the landscape to using grazing animals to reduce flammable material, as well as requiring people to remove trees and brush that are too close to homes.

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