In August, a Google search revealed that the phrase “devastating wildfires” had appeared in more than 63,900 online news articles over the past few years, raising an important question: With climate change upon us, will there ever be another wildfire season that proves less than devastating than the last?
Recent history suggests that the answer is no, but with so much at stake, resignation isn’t an option. That’s why the American Forest Foundation (AFF) is working to empower family forest owners to take action. By reducing the amount of fuel on their properties, family forest owners can help force fast-moving fires to tap the brakes and lose some momentum. That in turn helps firefighters gain the upper hand and keep small wildfires from ballooning into catastrophic blazes.