Congressional Inaction Worsened CA Megafire say experts, reports Jonathan Kaminsky at Reuters. A cluster of controlled fire and tree-thinning projects approved by forestry officials but never funded might have slowed the progress of the massive Rim Fire in California, a wide range of critics said. The massive blaze at the edge of Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains has scorched an area larger than many U.S. cities. The projects, which were approved by the U.S. Forest Service but never funded by Congress, would have thinned the woods in about 25 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest; much of that area was incinerated by the Rim Fire. About 9,000 acres were suitable to be deliberately burned as fire prevention buffer zones in 2012, the Forest Service said. But reductions in funding for fire prevention efforts by Congress in recent years coupled with stringent air quality standards that limit the timeframe for such burns have hampered efforts to carry them out on a larger scale. The costly subsequent wildfire was fueled by the large fuel load remaining due to this failure.
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