The Fire Lab, A Fascinating Video About the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory

“The Fire Lab” is a fascinating mini-documentary by The Atlantic about the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, a Montana research facility operated by the United States Forest Service that investigates the science of wildfires. Scientists at the lab use wind tunnels, combustion chambers, and other research equipment to better understand how wildfires work and how they spread. The lab is part of the federal government’s effort to manage wildfires — an endeavor that costs more than three billion dollars a year.

The video is part of The Atlantic article “Fire on the Mountain.”

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