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Opinion: Wildfire threat needs local attention

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In the wake of the deaths of 19 elite Granite Mountain Hotshots in Arizona, firefighters aren’t the only people who should be rethinking their approaches to wildland fires.

Policy makers and voters should be, too. That’s because wildfires are increasing worldwide, in part for reasons that are influenced by demography and social change.

Those factors have “policy” written all over them. And North Dakotans and Minnesotans, among others, should take note.

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