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Forest Service resumes prescribed fire program, but some fear new rules could delay projects | app

LOS ANGELES – The US Forest Service is resuming its prescribed burn program with new rules it says will minimize the risk of fires spiraling out of control and damaging communities. The announcement comes after a 90-day hiatus sparked by a pair of escaped burns that coalesced into the largest wildfire in New Mexico history and destroyed hundreds of homes.

But some experts say the restrictions, which include requirements that agency administrators only allow ignitions for 24-hour periods and be on-site for certain burns, create more barriers to performing the working precisely when the need is greatest.

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