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  • Most flammable boreal forests in North America become more so

    The magenta-flowered fireweed, which springs up after a burn, dominates a landscape once covered in black spruce in Alaska's Yukon Flats.

    The magenta-flowered fireweed, which springs up after a burn, dominates a landscape once covered in black spruce in Alaska's Yukon Flats.

    Photo by Feng Sheng Hu

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  • To reach Feng Sheng Hu, call 217-244-2982; email fshu@life.illinois.edu. To reach Ryan Kelly, email rkelly@life.illinois.edu. The paper, “Recent Burning of Boreal Forests Exceeds Fire Regime Limits of the Past 10,000 Years,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.