A Fire-Scorched Arizona Pushes Prevention: Step 1, Easy Your Backyard

Mr. Sinclair agreed.
Mr. Gordon and Mr. Sinclair were among a small group of firefighters who brought their bodies out of the canyon.
“Without a stronger federal presence, there was little way to nationalize the experience,” said Stephen J. Pyne, a professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University who specializes in the history of fire.
In the past, each cluster of fatal wildfires led to a round of new rules for firefighters on the ground.
“After Yarnell,” he said, “I had to ensure that I was willing to face the uncertainties of an inherently dangerous job.”

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