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USU Researcher Says We Can't Stop Wildfires Altogether, But We Can Try To Make Them Beneficial

While this year’s record-breaking heat and drought have many people worrying about wildfires, a USU researcher is encouraging people to take a longer-term, more nuanced view.“We don’t get the choice to not have fire, because we will have fire on our landscapes,” said USU assistant professor Larissa Yocom. “I think our goal needs to be to move as many fires as possible into the type that are beneficial for ecosystems and don’t cause harm to human values, like homes, lives, watersheds, that sort of thing.”


Yocom, a researcher in Utah State University’s department of wildland resources, will share insights from her research on wildfires during a virtual Research Landscapes event at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.