Fire Historian on the West Coast Wildfires “California Is Built To Burn"

In an interview, Stephen Pyne, a fire historian and emeritus professor at Arizona State University, discusses the wildfires in California and steps that can be taken to help prevent them in the future.
Interview Conducted By Hilmar Schmundt
Firefighters battle a blaze in California's Angeles National Forest.

Firefighters battle a blaze in California's Angeles National Forest.

Foto: Kyle Grillot / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock
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Beach goers enjoy St. Andrews State Park in Florida with smoke from controlled fires on the horizon in March 2016.

Beach goers enjoy St. Andrews State Park in Florida with smoke from controlled fires on the horizon in March 2016.

Foto: Patti Blake/ AP/dpa
Firefighters battle a blaze on the North Rim near Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona in 2006.

Firefighters battle a blaze on the North Rim near Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona in 2006.

Foto: JEFF TOPPING/ REUTERS
A home burning on top of a hill in San Marcos in San Diego County in May 2014

A home burning on top of a hill in San Marcos in San Diego County in May 2014

Foto: Stuart Palley/ dpa
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