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Judge Blocks Post-Fire Timber Sale

A federal judge has blocked the federal government´s plans to sell timber from an area west of Lake Tahoe that was extensively burned in a fire three years ago -land now proposed for a wilderness area.

Environmentalists hailed the ruling. But the U.S. Forest Service says the salvage logging was delayed so long that most of the timber had already become worthless. Money from the sale would have gone to speed the area´s recovery from 1991´s Red Star fire.

The federal judge blocked the proposed cut in Duncan Canyon – about 30 miles southeast of Foresthill – more than a year after issuing a temporary restraining order.

He´s now siding with environmental groups that said the logging could create a worse fire hazard and harm wildlife.