For Successful Wildfire Prevention, Look To The Southeast : Short Wave Another destructive fire season has Western states searching for ways to prevent it. As climate correspondent Lauren Sommer reports, some answers might lie in the Southeastern U.S. The region leads the country in setting controlled fires — burns to clear vegetation that becomes the fuel for extreme fires.

Read more of Lauren's reporting on wildfire prevention.
(https://www.npr.org/2021/08/31/1029821831/to-stop-extreme-wildfires-california-is-learning-from-florida)

And check out our previous episode on cultural burns here.
(https://www.npr.org/2021/07/21/1018886770/managing-wildfire-through-cultural-burns)

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

For Successful Wildfire Prevention, Look To The Southeast

For Successful Wildfire Prevention, Look To The Southeast

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Firefighter Charles VeaVea, right, pours flame from a drip torch as supervisor, Isaias Garcia, monitors a prescribed fire in Kings Canyon National Park, Calif. Brian Melley/Associated Press hide caption

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Firefighter Charles VeaVea, right, pours flame from a drip torch as supervisor, Isaias Garcia, monitors a prescribed fire in Kings Canyon National Park, Calif.

Brian Melley/Associated Press

Another destructive fire season has Western states searching for ways to prevent it. As climate correspondent Lauren Sommer reports, some answers might lie in the Southeastern U.S. The region leads the country in setting controlled fires — burns to clear vegetation that becomes the fuel for extreme fires.

Read more of Lauren's reporting on wildfire prevention. And check out our previous episode on cultural burns here.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Berly McCoy.