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A Nation Aflame

After last year's conflagrations, can we learn to live with wildfire?

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3:25pm, February 22, 2001

Last year's wildfire season, one of the worst in the past half-century, didn't waste any time getting started.

On Jan. 1, 2000, Florida chalked up the year's first fire--a small blaze that was under control before it could spread more than an acre. Come late summer, firefighters were faced with a string o

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