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Forest fires are all about the money

Letter: Leonard Wallace New Meadows

I met with the forest supervisor and it is my personal opinion that our forest will burn and there is nothing that the general population can do about in any way, shape or form.

It seems that Forest Service policy says that a fire must be monitored and then a decision made as to whether to put it out or let it burn to thin the forest and by the time this is done it has probably burned over 10-plus acres, and once it reaches this size it is mathematically and statistically impossible to put out, to say nothing of the fact that the Forest Service budget for fire suppression in 2015 is set by the amount that will be spent this year on fire.

Why can’t fires be put out and then logged to thin the forest and clean up the burns as was done in the ‘50s, because it is all about money and all forest employees will tell you that a fire is where they make their money.

Yes, the U.S.F.S. is the forest’s worst enemy; no exceptions.

Leonard Wallace

New Meadows

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