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[pct-l] fire control philosophy

Media reports on television are repeating the same line: a large amount of 
the catastrophic fires that are sweeping the West are largely a result of 
current policy of neglecting regular periodic control burns that decrease the 
fuel biomass the destructive fires are consuming. That, and not having a 
better system of forest roads and firebreaks.

The opposing school says that true wilderness needs unmanaged, pristine lands 
devoid of roads, firebreaks, control burns, clearcuts and man's tinkering . 
But if the fires result in devastating these areas, what has this approach 
really achieved?
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