West of 100: Fire & Brimstone

 

In this edition of West of 100, we've got a couple of stories about wildfire. First, the backstory to Emily Guerin's piece, "Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like." We'll talk with Emily about why the debate over a new study arguing that severe fire may be more normal than we thought became so emotional among fire scientists. And Neil LaRubbio brings us a travelogue from the Gila Wilderness in the wake of the Whitewater-Baldy fire -- the biggest blaze in New Mexico history. 

Music in this episode: "AT LAST" by Jared C. Balogh, licensed under Creative Commons. 

Photo: Seedlings sprout in the Gila after it burned this summer, courtesy Gila National Forest