Did you know fire can be good for people and the land? After many years of fire exclusion, an ecosystem that needs periodic fire becomes unhealthy. Trees are stressed by overcrowding; fire-dependent species disappear; and flammable fuels build up and become hazardous.
The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho is the command hub for the nation’s response to wildfires. More than 600 employees from eight federal and state agencies work together to mobilize aircraft, firefighters, engines, equipment, and intelligence to respond to wildfire. www.nifc.gov