This fire doubled in size within one day. We could feel the heat from the fire which was over a mile away. The beetle kill has left this area ravaged with dry timber for a number of years. Environmentalists have blocked logging in many of our western forests. (see link below) Logging is not aways a negative for the environment. A healthy forest needs to be thinned and maintained. Extremely hot fires like these are extremely dangerous for humans, wildlife, water resources, and air quality. They also cost millions of dollars. I hope that people that influence these decisions look at all the possible angles before making critical choices for our national forests through lawsuits. Logging can be positive influence in many western forests. It creates critical fire breaks, and is assists with making the forest healthy after beetle kill. It may not be the answer for some forests, but please remember forests are meant to have multiple uses which includes logging.
For more information on the multiple use of forests, and the history of forest management: