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Forest Service chief testifies on wildfire response capabilities, challenges

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell highlighted the challenges facing the agency as it continues to respond to increasingly extreme wildfires, in a statement before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday.

“On average, wildfires burn twice as many acres each year as compared to 40 years ago. Last year, the fires were massive in size, coinciding with increased temperatures and early snow melt in the West,” said Tidwell. “The largest issue we now face is how to adapt our management to anticipate climate change impacts and to mitigate their potential effects.”

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This story was posted on June 6, 2013.