Gigantic wildfires in Arizona have revived the debate over the best way to manage the nation´s forests.
That state´s governor, Jane Hull says the blazes are proof that Nature is telling the West that it´s time to clean up the forests.
For decades, the government´s policy was to simply put fires out. But now, the government says forests are four times as dense with trees than they were years ago when fires were allowed to run their course – and that increases the danger even more when a fire does erupt.
Environmental groups say more logging is not the answer. But the Forest Service says the best course is to thin forests by cutting trees – and then let fire do the rest.