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As large Western wildfires increase, scientists look for answers

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Photo of wildfire next to a house and forest in Arizona

The Yarnell Hill wildfire began on June 28, 2013, after a lightning strike.

Credit: U.S. Forest Service


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Sagebrush steppe rangeland

A characteristic sagebrush steppe rangeland where cheatgrass has invaded and choked out most of the desirable grasses and native plants, causing a fire hazard.

Credit: Jaepil Cho/USDA


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Image of a wildlifire fueled by cheatgrass

A wildfire fueled by invasive cheatgrass burns fragile sage steppe habitat.

Credit: USDA/NRCS


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With the help of the National Ecological Observatory Network, scientists study wildfires in unprecedented detail.

Credit: NSF