USA pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 19, 2018

The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states. "Active management is a better stewardship responsibility and action rather than sitting there year after year wasting billions of dollars". "We have dead and dying timber", Zinke said at a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

"We have been held hostage by environmental groups that sue and sue, lawsuit after lawsuit, that prevent us from managing our forests", Zinke told Fox Business' "Mornings With Maria".

Zinke also said that while "there's no dispute" that climate is changing, fewer trees would restore health to the forest.

California and other states face longer and more destructive wildfire seasons because of drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change and homes built deeper into forests.

Yosemite National Park's scenic, Northern California valley reopened Tuesday after a 20-day, smoked-forced closure, and hundreds of people were evacuated from Glacier National Park in Montana after a wildfire destroyed at least nine homes and cabins in one of the park's historic districts. "It is unacceptable to me to have Northwest seniors and young people being afraid to open their doors in the morning because they are afraid of smoke", he said.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday blamed "radical" environmental groups that have not allowed public access to federal forests and opposed the removal of dead trees from forests for the California wildfires.

On Sunday, Zinke said that the wildfires had "nothing to do with climate change" in an interview with local news station KCRA.

"I guarantee you now, Seattle would definitely take a little bit of smoke instead of the eventual, all-summer-long smoke that we're getting", she said. "There's no quick fix", Perdue said, but increased collaboration could eventually save money or at least "get more done with the same costs".

The plan takes effect in October 2019.

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