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Managing Wildfires With More People In Dangerous Areas

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Firefighters battling a wildfire in Washington last year.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Susan Prichard, a research scientist at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, about the role that fires play in Washington's ecology and the efficacy of current firefighting methods.