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As climate change intensifies wildfire risk, prescribed burns prove their worth in the heat-stressed Panhandle

In Borger, officials say a prescribed burn stopped the Windy Deuce Fire from entering neighborhoods. But the practice has faced opposition from some landowners.

A structure damaged by the flames of the Smokehouse Creek Fire in Stinnet, Texas.

The burn scar left after the Windy Deuce Fire stopped near the edge of Borger, Texas, where vegetation had been removed months earlier by a seven-mile prescribed burn.
Archie Stone, wildland coordinator for the Borger Fire Department, stands by his truck parked near a neighborhood adjacent to the site of a prescribed burn.

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