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Blocking CA forest management risks more climate disasters

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In the scramble to evacuate all of South Lake Tahoe in late August, there was a palpable fear among fleeing residents that the destructive Caldor Fire could raze one of the largest communities in the Tahoe basin. Thankfully, after firefighters mounted a massive defense, South Lake Tahoe was spared.

Cal Fire officials and forest managers credited previous forest treatment projects that had helped slow the fire's spread and gave crews precious time to strengthen their lines and protect thousands of threatened properties.

California desperately needs to thin more of its forestland and reduce fire risks so there are more success stories like Tahoe and fewer like Paradise or Greenville. Protecting our communities and sacred wilderness is vital for California's future, and that requires expedited projects and sustained investment to remove dry, accumulated undergrowth that turns our forests into tinderboxes.

Doing that work has not been easy, and it's certainly not a simple fix. California is improving regulations to encourage more prescribed burning, a technique widely used by Indigenous tribes for centuries where dry fuels such as dead trees, trunks and overgrown shrubs are deliberately burned and cleared. The U.S. Forest Service,........

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