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Federal Official Talk Western Fires

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — A federal official is asking western communities, utilities, and others to work together on projects that would restore forests and range land charred by recent forest fires.

The overseer for the U.S. Forest Service, told government officials at a Western Governor’s Association meeting this weekend, that the federal government is ramping up its forest restoration projects, and wants communities to do the same. The official says, wildfires burned a near-record 9.1 million acres in the United States this year. Fourteen fires, nearly all in the west, each burned more than 100,000 acres.

Meanwhile, work continues on the areas burned by this summer’s Barry Point Fire, near Lakeview. That fire burned more than 93,000 acres this summer. Burned area emergency response reports, work is nearing completion on that land. A visiting team will head to the area at the end of this week, to help with continuing restoration efforts.