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Land on Fire

Hot show crew faces a fire along a forest road.
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Geronimo Interagency Hotshot Crew along forest road

Nature writer Gary Ferguson says we are facing a “perfect storm” when it comes to wildfires. Climate change has led to less snow, longer droughts, and more wind and there’s a lot of fuel on the forest floors. The result is ten more weeks of fire season than we saw in the early 70s, and those fires are hotter and often beyond control. Ferguson joins us Wednesday to talk about the role fire should play in a healthy ecosystem and the new reality of wildfire in the West.

Gary Ferguson has written many books on nature and science, including Hawks Rest and The Carry Home. His new book, due out June 21, is called Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West. [Indie bookstores|Amazon]

On Saturday, June 17, Gary Ferguson will be at The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City to read and sign his book. The event begins at 2:00 p.m., and you can get more details here

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