Understanding wildfire by understanding wilderness

Understanding wildfire by understanding wilderness

News Type: State, Regional Source: Mountain West News
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The August issue of Harper’s Magazine features two articles that examine the causes and the costs of wildfires in 2017. Richard Manning’s examination of the fires that raged across Montana last summer, “Combustion Engines,” blames global warming, a century of fire mismanagement, and the building of homes in fire-prone areas. And he points to “a deeper idea accessible not through an understanding of fire but through an under­standing of wilderness.” The snippet below refers to the 160,000-acre Rice Ridge fire.