/ Modified aug 18, 2021 4:49 p.m.

More fuel, dry weather create perfect storm for Bighorn Fire crews

A discussion with UA professor and fire ecology expert Don Falk.

Arizona’s wildfire season is off to an active start with one of the most notable fires, the Bighorn Fire, continuing to spread in the Santa Catalina Mountains. University of Arizona professor and fire ecology expert Don Falk discussed factors that are making it difficult for crews to contain, as well as how wildfires alter the landscape after they’re put out.

“Because of the changes in climate over the last 100 years as well as the accumulation of fuels from the absence of fire, when a fire does happen we get a big one,” Falk said. “And it can take a long time for an ecosystem like that to put itself back together.”

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