The severe fires in the west and Alaska are causing folks to rethink some of the policies regarding timber sales and management. Here's an interesting article on the experience in one area. As fire explodes, the virtues of woods thinning emerge - Hungry Horse News: Hungry Horse News
I can't imagine being in or fighting one of those fires. Fighting a woods fire in my area is bad enough and we usually have fairly high humidity. Having it crown over and flash is just a really, really frightening scenario. My prayers are with those dealing with the fires and hope they stay safe. It does seem to make sense to thin overcrowded forests, have some clear cut areas that are also fire breaks and use some common sense on where people build homes.