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The Residents Setting California on Fire in Order to Save It

To live with fire, locals are learning to wield it for good

The Fire Forward program teaches California residents how to use prescribed burns to prevent future wildfires. Photos: Good Fire Alliance

Sasha Berleman, PhD, grew up in Southern California, and for most of her early life, fire meant ash falling from the sky like snow, or “smoke days” home from school and stuck inside. She was off to college before anyone mentioned the beneficial role of fire in…