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A Burning Issue

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Dry grasses are burned at the beginning of the Northen Territory’s dry season to avoid larger fires later when lightning storms occur. Credit: travellinglight/iStockphoto

By Kate Osborne

The use of fire to manage Australia’s vast northern savannas is being doused by government bureaucracy, resistance by pastoralists, loss of indigenous knowledge and mistrust of science.

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