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How Obama Bureaucrats Fueled Western Wildfires

nobler Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 6:01 PM
Regular burns are not necessary for all species of tree, but making 'breaks' in the forest is a good idea to keep burns from spreading. That's why logging is a good idea: selected areas of the forest are cleared, the cleared area becomes a firebreak. Even Bambi is happy because the cleared area becomes a meadow. When fires happen, and they will happen regardless, at least they stay contained/containable between the new clearings.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The smell of singed air here is inescapable. Less than 50 miles west of my neighborhood, the latest wildfire has spread across 1,100 acres. It's the fifth active blaze to erupt in our state over the past month. But ashes aren't the only things smoldering.

The Obama administration's neglect of the federal government's aerial tanker fleet raises acrid questions about its core public safety priorities. Bipartisan complaints goaded the White House into signing a Band-Aid fix last week. But it smacks more of election-year gesture politics: Too little, too late, too fake.

Ten years ago, the feds had a...