Before we began stopping fire in its tracks, forests were healthier. They had fewer trees, more open space and more fire.
“In a lot of our forest systems, we’ve excluded fire for so long. There used to be 30 to 40 times more fire than we’re seeing now,” said Reese Lolley, with the Nature Conservancy and Washington Prescribed Fire Council. “For forest health, there’s a need to put fire back in those landscapes.”