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WILDFIRES: DNR’s plans pay off for Washington

The front-page article about the state Department of Natural Resources wildfire mitigation plans was generally well done. However, the title – “Money to burn” – may lead readers to believe the concept is inappropriate.

The article itself is positive. A key fact is that in the last five years, $200 million has been spent fighting wildfires, while only $31 million was spent on prevention activities. Paying for better forest health in advance will significantly reduce firefighting costs as well as the millions of dollars in losses not shown in the article.

The U.S. Forest Service (the largest forest landowner in

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WILDFIRES: Don’t waste time, money and lives

It is beyond tragic that 19 young men had to die horrible deaths fighting a naturally occurring phenomenon.

Wildfires thin and enrich our forests. What destroys forests is human intervention: building in wilderness areas and logging to make forests more accessible. Fighting wildfires is a waste of time, money and lives.

Let nature take its course.