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By Governor C. L. ?Butch? Otter

Boise--As the California wildfires reach containment, we must focus on the devastation of so much property and the tragic loss of so many lives. My prayers go out to those victims and their families, now irrevocably changed. Brave men and women serving as first responders, including fire crews from the Treasure Valley and Madison County, risked their lives to fight these catastrophic fires.

During my tenure, wildfires have been voracious, consuming millions of acres across the west. Perhaps the most alarming, the 2007 Murphy Complex Fire that ravaged 650,000 acres in Idaho and Nevada alone. These large-scale fires have become routine and that should be unacceptable to all of us.

Most of us know wildfire is a natural part of the landscape. Lightning strikes and other acts of nature cannot be prevented and instead can improve the health of the ecosystem. However, large, catastrophic fires, like the ones we are experiencing are not normal.

Through passive management, and active acts of obstruction, we have allowed our landscape to become a tinderbox. Our rangelands are overgrown with fine fuels, including large swaths of non-native grasses. Our forests are plagued by insects, disease, and overcrowding. There is plenty of blame to pass around, including unnecessary regulation and overzealous litigation.

Early in my administration, I decided to focus less on pointing fingers and more on how to tackle the problem. That required collaborative...
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