Rethinking the approach to fighting wildfires

Granite Mountain Hotshots
In this June 2, 2012 file photo, crew members from the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott, Ariz., cut a fire line along a mountain ridge outside Mogollon, N.M.. Nineteen members of the crew died Sunday fighting a wildfire in Arizona.
Tara Ross/AP

After the death of 19 firefighters in Arizona, President Obama predicted the incident "will force government leaders to answer broader questions about how they handle increasingly destructive and deadly wildfires."

The Arizona wildfire continues to burn, and it comes on the heels of a record-setting wildfire season.

As wildfires grow increasingly destructive, should we rethink our approach?


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Obama: 'We are heartbroken' over deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters who died battling wildfire - Newsday

Experts see new normal as a hotter, drier west faces more huge fires - New York Times

Lost in Arizona fire, an elite crew that rushed in - New York Times

Fighting more forest fires will come back to burn us - Salon

U.S. endures near-record wildfire season - USA Today