Fires, Cities, and the "Let it Burn" Policy: Towards a New Theory of Urban Development
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/BP34113164
Last summer's fires in Yellowstone National Park and other public lands -- and the federal government's response to these disasters - have led to a renewed public debate in the United States on forest-fire fighting policies. At stake are the new "let it burn" policies, which allow forest fires of natural origin to burn in a controlled situation. Though the U.S. Park Service was severely criticized during the 1988 fire season for apparent neglect of its forest resources, the Service continues to main tain its case for burning, citing the positive long-term effect of fires.