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It's wildfire season. And while the fires are burning bigger, hotter, and more unpredictably than ever before, wildfire has been a fact of life in Canada for as long as people have lived on this forested land. Canadian science writer and educator Edward Struzik digs into that long and complicated relationship for his new book, “Dark Days at Noon: The Future of Fire.” From Indigenous practices of controlled burns that helped with forests' long term health, to the vast number of conflagrations set off by railways, even today. It’s a history that’s full of surprises, and some lessons on how to manage wildfire in an age of climate crisis.