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If we are to believe that high-intensity, massive fires are the solution to forest management, then why have the Rodeo Chediski and Wallow fire areas needed to be reburned multiple times every year since? When is the Forest Service going to realize this is not a situation that fire can fix. Not to mention that with this policy, there will never be clean air to breathe for generations to come.

The public is told we must “adapt” and sacrifice our health on the alter of burning. Old, young, sick or well, the human body does not “adapt” to toxic smoke pollution. Only an uneducated person would suggest so. Why is the public allowing the Forest Service to rule over our health, wildlife, tourism and watersheds? Wasn’t protection of the public the reason for the inception of the Forest Service? The fear mongering that our houses will burn if we don’t sit back and shut up regarding the smoke the USFS is creating has become tiresome.

In this age of modern technology, there is no excuse for not having air tankers stationed to suppress wildfires as they occur. We need logging for fire breaks and thinning of forests using shredders, goats and cattle grazing. Maybe it is time the USFS returns to serving the public.

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