We Should Let Some Wildfires Burn

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In the last few years, wildfires have been getting worse - and, oddly, it's because humans have been preventing them. From a helicopter above the forests of British Columbia, and from the Tree Ring Lab at UBC, let's talk about how we should just let some wildfires burn. Thanks to Bradley Friesen! He's about to properly launch his channel 'Destruction by Gravity': https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL3Kr3kf9W34cUvurxl7AGw and Mister Bentley the Dog is on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrbentley_thedog/ Thanks to Dr Lori Daniels at the University of British Columbia! Her recent research into wildfires includes: Chavardes, R.D., L.D. Daniels, Z. Gedalof, D.W. Andison. (2018). Human influences superseded climate to disrupt the 20th century fire regime in Jasper National Park, Canada. Dendrochronologia 48:10-19. and this op-ed in the Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/we-created-bcs-wildfire-problem-and-we-can-fix-it/article35686104/ Thanks to the BC Wildlife Service for letting me use their photos: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) Post audio by Emi Paternostro (http://proximitysound.com) I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo

Comments

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Doctor Von Tacos : stargate is good

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.

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

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

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

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?

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

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.

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

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.

Powah : Whelp, time to commit arson.

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

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

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

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.

Ali Jardz : Wooo Stargate!

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

Sven Servette : It took Canadians until 2012 to realize this? Wow... We've been using prescribed fires in Idaho since the 70s.

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.

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

An Alt : its interestring, in australia, a lot of this is very basic, I never thought. that this wouldn't be common knowledge

arrow in my gluteus maximus : stargate!

like to get a dolphin : Some men just wanna watch the world burn

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

shinevision sv : So... you are Fighting fire... with fire? Woah!

Elias Jacobs : Liked for the dog :)

Vinnie : This is literally what my job is here in Australia. Thanks Tom for spreading a little more knowledge around.

Zzyzx Wolfe : The Smokey Bear Effect.

Merz Bois : Saw the thumbnail and thought Tom was with Varg Vikerness for a second. Nearly had a heart attack.

Yevhenii Diomidov : The woods are just trees The trees are just wood The wood is just flammable Flammable is just inflammable

Glenn Watson : Native Australians thousands of years ago would start controlled fires to avoid larger deadlier fires. I know the local fire brigades and Forest management have been inspired by this.

Philip Hölzl : minuteearth also made a great video about this topic

Derek Price : I loved all these videos from Canada, gave me some extra knowledge about the place I live. Thank you Tom.

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

Craig : The look the pilot gives tom when he says there arnt many trees left in england 😂😂

SirBanana : **laughs in pyro**

Super Smash Dolls : Rejected titles for this video: "Burn Your Local Forest Today" "Save The Animals - Kill The Trees" "Canada's New Ecological Management Tool - The Infinity Gauntlet"

RicBent : Of course it burned 42 times...

Frazer Telford : Did you go to BC because Bolton’s fire isn’t as glamorous? Also, who ever wants to go to Bolton

dirm12 : "I don't want to be too simplistic but forests are made of wood." Mission accomplished Mr. Obvious.