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Press Release 10-041

Prescribed Burns May Help Reduce U.S. Carbon Footprint

Such burns release less carbon dioxide than wildfires, scientists find

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Photo of a wildfire.

Prescribed burns release less carbon dioxide than wildfires, scientists have learned.

Credit: National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, Idaho


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Maps showing reduction of carbon emissions for western states due to prescribed burnings.

Carbon emissions for western states were reduced by millions of metric tons annually.

Credit: NCAR


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