Fires are becoming intense

Published: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 - 8:09 pm

Re "Wildfires can be restorative, unlike logging" (Viewpoints, Sept. 15): It is alarming that fire-ecologists Dominick DellaSala and Chan Hanson are promoting their Utopian view of the benefits of wild fire.

Reality is much different. Not mentioned are the mud slides that follow the summer fires in Malibu Canyon. Forest succession, as I learned in high school, starts with grasses and molds. Conifers appear more than 20 years later.

Well-managed forestry and logging preserves the forest. Fires are increasing in frequency and severity in the 30 years since logging was stopped. The spotted owl has no home in a burned-out forest.

-- Ralph Harder, Jackson

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