A losing battle
High Country News launches its redesigned print edition with a critical look at fire in the West.
Since the 1960s, the 'let it burn' approach to wildfire has gained wider and wider acceptance. But as fires increasingly come up against the West's phenomenal population growth – and as some scientists warn that a century of aggressive fire fighting has caused an explosive buildup of trees and brush – we're spending billions fighting 'catastrophic' forest fires every year.
Now, some scientists are finding evidence that the big blowups will continue, whether we like it or not. And for the forests, that may be good news. To read the story, www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=13984.