THE WEST'S WILDFIRE CRISIS
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THE WEST’S WILDFIRE CRISIS And the urgency to develop safer more resilient conditions in its dry forest types Dale N. Bosworth, Former Chief USDA Forest Service, retired Jerry T. Williams, Former National Director Fire Management USDA Forest Service, retired
“Despite public pleas to “do something,” political pledges to act, and agency promises to do better, the situation is only getting worse. The convergence of climate change, a century of over-accumulated biomass, and unconstrained housing development at the forest-urban edge have brought us to this place. Unable to agree on a unified way forward, firefighters are left trying to match increasing wildfire threats with greater suppression force. In the absence of real change, the crisis compounds. Meanwhile, our current regulations and policies continue to imperil the very values that they were intended to save. Any limit of “acceptable loss” seems to have become boundless…”
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