How To Stop a Wildfire

Wildfires, though destructive, are a natural a part of many ecosystems, burning older, dead foliage away and making room for new life to grow in its place. But often when these forest fires burn out of control, they pose threats to houses and towns. Strangely, the best way to stop a wildfire may be to start one. Scientists use techniques like “thinning” and controlled burns to regulate the cause and spread of wildfires.

This story was produced by KCTS 9 for EarthFix, a public media partnership to explore environmental issues.

Click here to view an interactive map of US wildfire locations, perimeters, fire potential areas, global burn areas, wind conditions, and precipitation via streaming data from NIFC, GeoMAC, NHSS, MODIS, METAR/TAF, and the USDA Forest Service, Fire Modeling Institute.