'Nothing looks good' preparing for summer wildfire season

The firefighters weren’t there to extinguish the fire. They had started it.

The prescribed burn, ignited this month near the scenic mountain town of Bend, is part of a massive effort in wildlands across the U.S. West to prepare for a fire season that’s expected to be even worse than last year′s record-shattering one.

美国. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have thinned by hand, machines and prescribed burns about 1.8 百万英亩 (728,000 公顷) of forest and brushland since last season, officials from the agencies told The Associated Press. They typically treat some 3 百万 (1.2 million hectares) acres every year.

在这个五月 14, 2021, photo provided by the High Desert Museum, 我们. Forest Service firefighters carry out a prescribed burn on the grounds of the High Desert Museum, near Bend, 俄勒冈州. (Kyle Kosma/High Desert Museum via AP)

在这个五月 14, 2021, photo provided by the High Desert Museum, 我们. Forest Service firefighters carry out a prescribed burn on the grounds of the High Desert Museum, near Bend, 俄勒冈州. (Kyle Kosma/High Desert Museum via AP)

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