In Bastrop’s Ashes, Officials Find a Lesson in Prescribed Burning

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Imagine that you’re in a house in the country. There’s a frantic knock at the door. You open it to find a group of men and women wearing fireproof gear, asking permission to fight a raging wildfire on your property.

“But there’s no fire here,” you respond in confusion.

“You don’t understand,” they say, “the fire won’t be here for another few years, but we need to fight it now!”

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