Hundreds of Wildland Firefighters Gather in Tucson for Conference

More than 300 firefighters from 21 states and five continents are at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson to debate fire suppression ideas and to learn more about managing fire for social, economic, and ecological benefits. The conference, which began Monday and runs through Friday, is hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium.

Held every two years, the conference discusses fire in a warming climate, using fire as a tool in forest management, and how to best manage fires with shrinking budgets.

There also will be tours of the Tree Ring Research Lab at the University of Arizona and a hike into the Santa Catalina Mountains, the scene of the Bullock and Aspen large wildland fires.

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