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Standing up, backing down

Safety concerns prevent fast attack on two Southwest Colorado blazes
Fire Trap

The nation is in a fire trap: With each wildfire that is put out, the fuel load grows, and more people are enticed to move into the forest, increasing the demands for fire suppression.
Sunday: The Forest Service has understood for decades that forests need fire to stay healthy. And yet it puts out 98 percent of all fires.
Monday: When homes are nearby, fire managers lose many of their options.
Tuesday: Even though more homeowners are heeding the Firewise message and clearing out overgrown vegetation, there’s no such thing as a fireproof forest neighborhood.
Wednesday: As the West burns, Washington is paralyzed by a three-way fight between the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Today: Against all odds, foresters in Southwest Colorado have been able to let nature have its way in recent wildfires.

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