60 Minutes investigates wildfire and the wildland/urban interface

“In the Path of Fire” – a 12 minute segment broadcast on a recent 60 Minutes news magazine program – addresses the reality of wildfires in the U.S. and the increasing frequency of large wildfire events with structures involved.

Jack Cohen, retired USDA Forest Service Fire Scientist from the Missoula Fire Lab, talks about how living in the wildland/urban interface doesn’t mean your home has to burn, while other federal officers, local fire officials, residences and scientists answer the many questions put to them by the show’s reporter Steve Inskeep.

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  1. Elizabeth Castleberry on June 21, 2017 at 5:35 am

    There have been more large an fast moving fires since it has been so hot and dry! 2016 was the hottest year on record since the 1880’s! Temperatures on the average have been rising about 1.69 degrees each year. Humans finger prints are all over this problem greenhouse effect. We may beat the 2016 record highs, with 2017 being the highest temperature since 1880. There are charts as to why this greenhouse effect started due to the industrial revolution as a starting point to the greenhouse effect starting, followed by another spike when industry boomed again, since then we have spiked up in temperatures that are unprecedented. Fires are and always be something the public will have as part of the history we make on the land. We need to deal with the greenhouse effect now before it gets beyond our control to fix.

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