Let It Burn?
Forest Service Fire Truck
Washington, DC -- The Forest Service is planning to allow more fires to burn out naturally this year.
The Associated Press reports that the Forest Service will alter its approach to the busy fire season, after coming in $400 million over budget last year. The move was announced in a letter written by Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.
The Forest Service is going back to what it had done prior to last year, which is similar to the policy of the National Park Service. The Forest had started battling fires more aggressively out of fear that if left unchecked, it would spread too quickly across the drought stricken western states.
The agency received some criticism last year that money was wasted by battling fires in remote regions.
Written by BJ Hansen