With the number and severity of wildfires increasing dramatically, it’s time to rethink management policies for our national forest system.
As large fires have spread across the West in recent decades, we hear increasing demands to reduce fuels, typically through logging. But logging won’t reduce the large fires we are experiencing because fuels do not drive large fires.
ARAPAHO FIRE, Wyo. – Little remains from the fire that melted siding, cracked windows and exploded rocks. Bonnie Parker’s house barely survived, along with an old outhouse.
HELENA - Firefighters dug in around the perimeter of a blaze that made a 1,000-acre run east of Missoula over the weekend, hoping to cut off its fuel before renewed winds forecast for Tuesday caused it to spread farther.
Crews spent Tuesday keeping an eye on the 168-acre Bull Fire burning east of Gardiner.
NEWCASTLE — Cooler weather and higher humidity are helping firefighters battle a wildfire that has burned more than 8 square miles near the South Dakota line in northeast Wyoming.
No single event caused a prescribed fire by the Helena National Forest to turn into the $3 million, 2,000-acre wildfire known as the Davis fire last August, and no one will be reprimanded, according to Kevin Riordan, the forest supervisor.