President Bush's administration has decided to scrap the controversial "let it burn" policy at national parks for this year's forest fire season, The Washington Post reported Friday. Quoting officials in Washington and at Yellowstone National Park, which was devastated by wildfires last summer, the newspaper said political concerns appear to have overridden scientific assessments for the short term. When the 1988 fires raged out of control for months, much of a dismayed American public criticized the government's burn policy endorsed by experts. "Word has come from Washington that (this year) we are to fight every fire, including those caused by nature," Yellowstone spokeswoman Joan Anzelmo told the Post. "When the first lightning bolt torches the first tree this summer, we'll have a helicopter out there to attack."
`BURN' POLICY SCRAPPED
By Deseret News