[Cdt-l] Cost-wary Forest Service now tries to tamp out every flame

Brett blisterfree at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 18 22:52:30 CDT 2012


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If lightning strikes in the New Mexico wilderness and 
starts a fire, the blaze would normally be little more than a blip on 
the radar of land managers who have earned a reputation for letting 
flames burn to keep forested lands from growing into a tangled mess.

This season is different. Now firefighters are trekking deep into the Gila National Forest with trains of equipment-carrying horses and one overriding goal:
 snuffing out all fires, no matter how small or remote.
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