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As wildfires become a year-round threat, planners say Arizona should prepare for the worst

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 11:56am
Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 12:02pm

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Smoke from the Bush Fire rises over saguaro in the desert outside Mesa, Arizona, on June 13, 2020.

The current wildfire season in Arizona is already in a destructive period.

Experts have been talking about the importance of being prepared, physically and mentally, for nearly year-round wildfires thanks to drought, climate change and ineffective policies.

In a recent piece for Slate, Molly Mowery and two co-authors wrote a piece titled, “Fire is here to stay: Can we live with it?

Mowery is executive director of the Community Wildfire Planning Center.

The Show spoke with her, and the conversation began by explaining whether a longer fire season is more of a challenge.

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