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To stop wildland fires, forestry, not climate policy, is the priority

Smoke from forest fires filled the air in [Western] Washington and immediately the finger of blame was pointed at climate change. Prior to the recent fires, the 2020 fire season had been extremely quiet. No matter how the season ends, however, blaming climate change is politics, not science.

Not all the lands burned in the last week are forests, but forestland is a major source of the smoke we are...