The Yakima Herald published an article discussing the use of thinning by commercial loggers on public lands to reduce extreme fire danger. Though not a true panacea to fire risk, thinning can be a vital tool in reducing the chances for destructive fires that are unmanageable due to size and geography.
For too many years now, our state has had a hands-off approach to managing its public lands. This lack of proactive maintenance has made our state’s forests denser, both in canopy and in underbrush – resulting in disease susceptibility, poor sun penetration, limited access, and extreme fire danger.
There are a number of bills regarding wildfire prevention and forest management. The Washington Lens covered many of those bills, and can be viewed here.