NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 25, 1976
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(Studio) 4 brush fires are burning 30,000 acres in California. Report on fires.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(S. California) South California has expensive and efficient fire-fighting force. [Cnty. fire chief Richard HOUTS - says can't stop fire if wind conditions feed and fan it.] Huge amts. spent each year to put out brush fires that won't stop until winds die down or there's no brush left to be burned. [US research forester Dr. Charles PHILPOT - says people don't want to sit back and do nothing. People might be able to understand why it would be better to wait to fight brush fire.] [PHILPOT - explains Forest Service practice of setting brush fires.] Brush known as chaparral described. After fire, new plants grow beside charred plants. Brush comes back. [PHILPOT - says fire is part of plants' life requirements.] 1976 promises to be costly fire-fighting year; it may make converts to new method of controlling fires.
REPORTER: Frank Bourgholtzer
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