Harrowing Wildfire Season Ends, But Political Debate On Forest Management Burns On
Northwest Public Radio (November 27, 2017)

Autumn rains have washed away the smoke of the summer wildfires. But Congress remains embroiled in a high-stakes environmental debate over how to reduce the growing threat of catastrophic blazes in Western forests and rangelands.

Lawmakers are under more pressure to act after a wildfire season that was particularly harrowing. Nearly 9 million acres – an area about the size of New Jersey and Connecticut combined – burned.

Intense smoke hit many of the West’s major cities, including Denver, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland.

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