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When wildfires break out on hot, windy days they pose a serious threat to people and the environment. This week on Reactions, learn how were using fertilizer to keep dangerous blazes at bay.

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Credits:
Producer: Melissa Salpietra
Writer: Samantha Jones, PhD
Scientific Consultant: Michael Gollner, PhD
Executive Producer: George Zaidan

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