Coniferous forests (IMAGE) Southern Methodist University Caption A new study led by SMU suggests "cultural burning" could potentially weaken the role of climate in triggering today’s wildfires. Credit Chris Guiterman Usage Restrictions No restrictions. Thanks. License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.