One Western town’s solution to wildfires? Community.

Posted on AllSides October 8th, 2021
From The Center
Bridging Divides, bipartisanship, wildfires
Andy Nelson/Special to the Christian Science Monitor

As wildfires haunt the American West, Ashland, Oregon, has emerged as a leader in forest management. The city’s bipartisan approach hinges on a cooperative ethos that mitigates both fire risk and ideological divides.

A municipal water tank built into the forested hills above Ashland offers postcard views of the mountain valley town on clear days. This warm September morning is not, alas, such a day. Wildfires burning elsewhere in Oregon and to the south in California have blurred the blue skies, turning the city into a soup bowl of ash-gray smoke....

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