Prescribed burns could reduce wildfires, but risks remain

With wildfires raging around the world, prescribed burns have been repeatedly proposed to prevent fire risks. 

Prescribed burns, or controlled burns, are fires set intentionally by trained firefighters and fire experts, which aim to remove deadwood and other fuel biomass with the main objective of reducing fire risks. It is widely regarded as one of the most effective tools in managing the intensity and spread of wildfires.  

However, prescribed burns without careful planning and the right weather conditions can sometimes be dangerous, leading to risks, such as fire escape, smoke pollution and biodiversity loss. 

Watch this one-minute video to learn more. 

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