Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Controlled burns clear out underbrush and help keep fires from rapidly spreading. If a fire does break out, firefighters have an easier time of extinguishing in than if a roaring inferno develops. Small fires clean out underbrush without harming the tall trees. Controlled burns were successfully used beginning in the late 19th century. But then the environmentalists came along in the 1960s and we've had these awful fires ever since. Homes are destroyed and people's lives and memories are ruined.
We should go back to the old and better way of controlled burns if the environmentalist crazies can be stopped. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.