Congress needs to energize itself and protect the national forests

Wildfires have rampaged through much of Arizona's wild lands in recent weeks. They have killed firefighters, destroyed buildings and burned almost a million acres.

That tragic news should contain a lesson, but it's one that should have been learned by now. It's been taught over and over as massive wildfires ravage the West.

Oregon's turn came in 2002 when the Biscuit Fire tore through nearly 500,000 acres of Southwestern Oregon. It started in mid-July and wasn't contained until December.

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