Project saved homes from fires, but can it be duplicated?

Associated Press in the Idaho Statesman
October 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Just a few months [before a lighting fire started], the U.S. Forest Service and a group of locals …arranged to thin part of the overgrown forest, creating a buffer zone around Sisters. Workers removed trees and brush with machines, then came through on foot to ignite prescribed burns. That effort saved homes, and perhaps the community of 2,500 on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range, by slowing the fire’s progress and allowing firefighters to corral it. Scrutiny of the condition of the American West’s forests, and of policies that curtailed logging and suppressed wildfires, has intensified amid a devastating wildfire season that has burned a combined area bigger than Maryland and caused widespread destruction in California’s wine country.

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