July 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Fund forest health to minimize fire damage

Wildfires burning through Central Washington have destroyed more than 150 houses and forced other families to evacuate. One man has died from a heart attack while trying to save his home. It’s a grim reminder that the Northwest is vulnerable to devastating natural disasters. And the driest, most dangerous fire season still lies ahead. Federal, state and local elected officials can’t control climatic conditions, but they can fully fund restorative forest health programs and mandate Community Wildfire Protection Plans to prevent forest fires and minimize the social and economic impact when they do occur.

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