US West's wildfires spark calls to thin tree-choked forests

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US West's wildfires spark calls to thin tree-choked forests

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, the Eagle Creek wildfire burns on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, Ore. An Oregon lawmaker has lashed out at restrictions on logging, blaming them for the intensity of wildfires plaguing much of the U.S. West. (Genna Martin /seattlepi.com via AP)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 photo, Washington Department of Natural Resources firefighter Chris Werner, of Chehalis, sprays the south fire line of the Archer Mountain fire in Skamania County, Wash. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian via AP)
FILE - In this June 23, 2017, file photo, the Brian Head Fire burns in Brian Head, Utah. Wildfires that have blackened more than thousands of the American West have also ignited calls, including from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, for thinning of forests that have become so choked with trees that they’re at “powder keg levels.” (Stuart Johnson/The Deseret News via AP, File)
FILE- In this Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, a wildfire burns through residential areas near the mouth of Weber Canyon near Ogden, Utah. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is directing all land managers and park superintendents to be more aggressive in cutting down small trees and underbrush to prevent wildfires. In a memo on Tuesday, Sept. 12, Zinke said the Trump administration will take a new approach and work proactively to prevent fires “through aggressive and scientific fuels reduction management” to save lives, homes and wildlife habitat. (Benjamin Zack/Standard-Examiner via AP, File)

US West's wildfires spark calls to thin tree-choked forests

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, the Eagle Creek wildfire burns on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, Ore. An Oregon lawmaker has lashed out at restrictions on logging, blaming them for the intensity of wildfires plaguing much of the U.S. West. (Genna Martin /seattlepi.com via AP)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 photo, Washington Department of Natural Resources firefighter Chris Werner, of Chehalis, sprays the south fire line of the Archer Mountain fire in Skamania County, Wash. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian via AP)
FILE - In this June 23, 2017, file photo, the Brian Head Fire burns in Brian Head, Utah. Wildfires that have blackened more than thousands of the American West have also ignited calls, including from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, for thinning of forests that have become so choked with trees that they’re at “powder keg levels.” (Stuart Johnson/The Deseret News via AP, File)
FILE- In this Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, a wildfire burns through residential areas near the mouth of Weber Canyon near Ogden, Utah. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is directing all land managers and park superintendents to be more aggressive in cutting down small trees and underbrush to prevent wildfires. In a memo on Tuesday, Sept. 12, Zinke said the Trump administration will take a new approach and work proactively to prevent fires “through aggressive and scientific fuels reduction management” to save lives, homes and wildlife habitat. (Benjamin Zack/Standard-Examiner via AP, File)
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