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An airtanker drops retardant to help stop the spread of the 2015 Eyrie Fire in the foothills of Boise, Idaho, which was ignited by sparks from construction equipment. Austin Catlin, BLM/Flickr

Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes

Wildfires aren't always wild. Many of the most expensive and damaging fires happen in suburban areas, and nearly all blazes in these zones are started by humans.
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Under climate change, winter will be the best time for bush burn-offs – and that could be bad news for public health

New research has found the window of opportunity for hazard reduction burns won’t actually get smaller, but instead change seasons.
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The smoke from autumn burn-offs could make coronavirus symptoms worse. It’s not worth the risk

Expanding planned burning is often touted as a way to lessen the risk of bushfires. But this burn-off season is bad news for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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