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Federal Government Isn’t Doing Enough Controlled Burns to Prevent Wildfires in Western States, Study Finds 

Marin County Fire Department seasonal-hire firefighters use a hose during a controlled burn training on June 16, 2017 in San Rafael, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Marin County Fire Department seasonal-hire firefighters use a hose during a controlled burn training on June 16, 2017 in San Rafael, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

President Trump has laid the blame for out-of-control California wildfires on the state’s “gross mismanagement” of its forests. Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pointed the finger at “environmental terrorist groups.”

But according to a new study, the federal government is not doing enough to control the threat of wildfire in the West.

Despite years of scientific research pointing to prescribed or “controlled” burns as a successful method of clearing brush and restoring ecosystems, intentional fire-setting by federal agencies has declined in much of the West over the last 20 years, the study found.

“This suggests that the best available science is not being adopted into management practices, thereby further compounding the fire deficit in the western U.S. and the potential for more wildfire disasters,” the report warns.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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