In our region of Northern California, indigenous peoples have been using controlled burning to protect and sustain the native habitat. The controlled fires naturally removed wildfire fuel like small trees and shrubs, allowing the maintenance of our ecosystems and wildlife habitats.
If you’d like to find out more about the extensive research on this topic in the last few years, check out: USGS Climate Change Webinar: Can Prescribed Fire Help Forests Survive Drought?
Many years of fire suppression combined with a drought, have left us with uncontrollable wildfires. Controlled fires might prove to not only aid with burning wildfire fuel, but could also help forests survive drought.