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Photos from: Debate heats up over tree thinning to slow wildfires

AP Photo/Nathan Howard

The Bootleg Fire in July destroyed this home near Bly, Oregon. Each year thousands of acres of dense timber are thinned near remote communities, all designed to slow the spread of massive wildfires. While most scientific studies find such forest management is a valuable tool, environmental advocates say data from recent gigantic wildfires support their long-running assertion that efforts to slow wildfires have instead accelerated their spread.

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