Environment: Let'Em Burn

Ever since July 17 when lightning set a tree ablaze, a forest fire has been burning in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. On some days it rages across hundreds of acres of trees. On others it smolders slowly over an acre or two. By last week about 3,500 acres had been charred. Is the National Park Service concerned? Not really: its new policy —first tested in California in 1968 and now in effect in many of the U.S.'s heavily forested parks—is "Let 'em burn."

Potential Holocaust. That practice seems to contradict Smokey the Bear's...

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