US Forest Service fire behavior specialist says fire is a natural process

It’s easy to regard the Station Fire as a disaster, considering that two firefighters have died and dozens of homes have burned.

U.S. Forest Service fire behavior specialist Shelly Crook says it’s also important to remember the role of fire in the ecosystem.

Shelly Crook: "I'll be honest with you, fire to me is a good thing because it is a natural process. And these are fire adapted ecosystems that we are working in. And so the reason the fire is behaving the way it is is because fire has not been part of this ecosystem in the way it should have played a role naturally. The only sense upon which it becomes bad is when we take humans and put them into that environment."

The Station Fire has burned more than 125,000 acres.

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