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USFS temporarily halts prescribed burns

9/20/21 — The U.S. Forest Service isn't currently allowing prescribed fires on its land because of high fire risk and limited firefighting resources across the country. A group of 40 fire and forest ecologists sent the Forest Service chief a letter saying that wasn't the right move. Even though the chief hasn't responded to the letter, U.S. Forest Service employees like Angela Chongpinitchai, Mendocino National Forest's fire planner and fuels specialist, are actively working to increase the use of prescribed fire in their forests.