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West / Mega-Fires #1026992

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 19, 2012
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) Map of wildfires in the West and photos of the Waldo Canyon fire shown.

(Studio: M. Sanjayan) The increasing frequency of huge, very hot fires called mega-fires examined; scenes shown of students clearing downed trees and brush in Montana; details given about how fighting every fire and leaving dead debris escalates the risk of mega-fires. [Fire ecologist Nathan KORB††- says we are creating conditions that will support mega-fires that are guaranteed to destroy homes and kill people.] [Lewis and Clark Hotshots supervisor Rob PENTZER††- notes the role of politics in implementing programs to clear debris.] The Forest Service‚Äôs program to thin forests and do controlled burns discussed.

Pelley, Scott;
Sanjayan, M.

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