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America’s Great Cultural Revolution on Fire

It was one of many revolutions that bubbled up during the Sixties, and for most people not a very significant one, but for those concerned with fire and wildlands it amounted to America's great cultural revolution on fire. The inaugural Tall Timbers fire ecology conference in 1962 was its opening salvo. Intellectual opposition collapsed like a wet sack. Over the winter of 1967-68 the National Park Service formally rechartered its fire policy. The Forest Service followed a decade later.