We Should Let Some Wildfires Burn

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Tom Scott : Thanks so much to Bradley, and to Dr Daniels. This is the last Monday video from Canada — but I’ll definitely be back in the future.

Software Man : I Googled "how to start a wildfire". I got 48,500 *matches*

Lugmillord : of course it burned 42 times... couldn't have been any other number.

Daniel Sullivan : Immediate like just for the Stargate SG1 reference :)

halsti99 : The bobble head Boba Fett in the cockpit is great!

Ketsueki Kumori : I knew it was the same guy helicopter guy from smarter every day! Had to double check as soon as I saw the boba fett bobblehead.

IWantALongerNam : I live in Australia, and we have scheduled burn offs here for the same reason. Heck, go back hundreds of years before Australia was even a British penal colony, some of the native nomadic Aboriginal tribes, used to burn off an area to help it regrow before moving on to their next location. They knew that a lot of our native plant-life germinates via wildfire. There are even stories of birds carrying flaming sticks to spread fires in Australia. Now this is to do with smoking out potential prey, not some intent on the birds part to help the wildlife, but the effect is the same.

cesariojpn : Tom Scott promotes seeing the world burn and turn into ash.

Tom Bryan : Canadians are so nice they even have good fires.

DesBit : I love the doggo in the back of the helicopter.

shinybaldy : In the US in the Pacific West, it is a continuous push-pull with folks and developers continuously trying to build closer to forests that should have periodic burns vs. forestry management professionals.

Tim Harig : I remember being taught about the ecological role of wildfires when I was in elementary school back in the eighties. Why did it take until 2010-12 for managed wildfires to become policy?

George Farren : So this forest is like a Phoenix which continually burns and rises from it's own ashes.

Abbreviated Reviews : Way to make a video out of a fun helicopter ride. What's next, roller coasters?

Shaun Cheah : Interesting timing considering the situation over at CodysLab.

Rich Moore : It sucks that Youtube's compression does such a number on this video because some of those shots of the burnt forest are incredible. And is it just me or has the compression gotten worse lately? I might just be watching a lot of videos with noisy scenes lately but if definitely feels like I'm noticing the compression more even in scenes that don't look noisy at all.

LeagueOfCakez : This video is uploaded right as there's a wildfire going on in my immediate area

Doctor Von Tacos : stargate is good

The Otter Outdoorsman : Great video! This is a topic that is often talked about in a negative light (because, I mean, it has a lot of negatives to it that effect people in horrible ways that we can't ignore), but truly forest fires are also a good thing for the forests and can even reduce forest fire frequency and intensity. It's good for the ecosystem, the economy, and for people. I'm glad you covered this.

NDV135 : Love you're channel Tom, but as a Canadian I was just kind of like, um... duh, guess that just shows how we don't think much about how where we live effects what we learn, because we learned this stuff in elementary school.

PowahSlap Entertainmint : Whelp, time to commit arson.

Adam Raaif Nasheed : Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Ali Jardz : Wooo Stargate!

Ben : Hey that's the same helicopter guy from Smarter Everyday!

Spectrum : I love this channel collab! Bentley is the greatest co-pilot ever!

Rez Zircon : Forests evolved to be burned regularly (just as grasslands evolved to be grazed). When we prevent natural forest fires, we encourage buildup in the understory and overgrowth of seedlings, which overpopulates the forest (a healthy forest is NOT thick) and leads to water-stressed trees that become standing deadwood, all of which lead to the hugely destructive fires we see today.

NPC : Living in Australia, this all makes sense. Did people not know this?

Dielfon Elletab : Here in Australia we regularly have controlled fires - backburning. We do the same now what the aboriginal people did for thousands of years.

superj1e2z6 : Topical as Cody's ranch just burned. hmmmm

Rebecca Wright : In Australia we’ve been doing prescribed burns of bush land basically forever. It’s one of the key bushfire prevention strategies

HellStop : tom is the type of guy to stand there and explain what's happening instead of running from a natural disaster

RicBent : Of course it burned 42 times...

Zzyzx Wolfe : The Smokey Bear Effect.

DeadLink 404 : I don't get something about newest video. I mean why are the comments on it and the CBC video disabled? Why is the VICELAND video blocked in germany? Is there a part of this that isn't told? Or is this peticularly contentious? If so why? This just makes the whole thing questionable to me. Shutting down conversation seeds doubt Tom.

Spiritus : I think you should devote an entire episode to Mr Bentley the dog walking backwards through hallways!!

Mu51kM4n : "They're home to ... basically every planet that SG1 ever went to." Ha! I love it! I immediately liked the video at that point, regardless of what came next. Stargate was quite possibly my favorite TV series of all time. It opened me to world of sci-fi and fueled my curiosity about the universe oh yea, and the whole fire thing is great too. I did actually watch the rest of the video. :)

Concentrated Cringe : If you think those trees like a good forest fire, you should come to Australia. Some of our trees evolved to be as combustible as possible, think less 'stopping' fires, and more 'mitigating' fires. Seriously, eucalypts can even _explode_ under the right conditions.

Jared : The Australian state of Victoria where I live uses traditional knowledge of the Aboriginal people to conduct controlled fires that we call burn offs. Since swapping to the system based on Aboriginal knowledge biodiversity has improved, fire severity and frequency are down, fatalities in bushfire have dropped. (Aussie bush is adapted to fire, many plants depend on fire to reproduce)

GMD DeathAngel : 0 dislikes, as it should be

Deathbynature : Controlled burns have been a thing in Australia for decades, and thousands of years of Aboriginal hunting fires before that. Many species of native Australian eucalyptus trees have fire retardant sap and need fire to open there seed pods to germinate.

xxxrossomaticxxx : nice CANADA is the best country in the world.

LIAD : Some men just wanna watch the world burn

ScoutiverTTV : Why was the comments disabled on the next video?

arrow in my gluteus maximus : stargate!

trix333ninja : In Denmark er have heath areas that we need to burn every once in a while. I think it's every 10 years or so. If we don't do it, the heath dies and turn into forest. Maybe worth a video? They burned it in 2015 so it's gone be a while before they do it again, but not sure they do it everywhere at the same time.

Pixie Panda Plush : Is the sound quality of her voice very bad? It's kinda hard to listen to. But I understand Tom having lower quality due to the microphone used.

Kat The Nerdfighter : I live in Canada and was on vacation in BC last year when there were lots of fires. I wasn’t near any of the fires, but it was still very smokey. It’s cool to see a video about that from a British YouTuber.

Avery Lopez-Baines : BURN BABY BURN!

Elias Jacobs : Liked for the dog :)

miles : SHOUT OUT TO MY B.C BOYS!!!!!!!! We're "lit" if you know what i mean ;)