September 1, 2013 12:00 AM

Legislature shortsighted on wildfire prevention

On the west side of the Cascades, where people welcome the dry, hot summer weather that offers a brief respite from an otherwise soggy climate, it’s difficult to comprehend the seasonal fear that hovers over most of Eastern Washington. To those on the other side of the mountains, summer means tinder-dry forests dense with trees and carpeted with dead and dying combustible material that could ignite instantly into a devastating wildfire, destroying homes and livelihoods.

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