This year's wildfire season in British Columbia is the second worst in the province's history, behind only last year. More than 950,000 hectares of land has burned since April 1st. The situation has resulted in evacuation alerts and days of smoky skies in some areas. Is this the new summer norm? What, if anything, can be done to prevent wildfires on such a catastrophic scale? Lori Daniels, forestry professor at the University of British Columbia, explains the mistakes that have been made when dealing with forest fires, and the simple, yet crucial steps that should be taken by both homeowners and the government to keep communities safe.

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