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Was 2015 a record year for wildfires? Dispute fans a debate over U.S. forests.


A network of about 30 small environmental groups that view wildfires as a natural part of the ecology — and think more should be allowed to burn — consider the U.S. Forest Service’s record declaration a scare tactic. These critics say the service suppresses too many fires as part of what Chad Hanson, a fire ecologist for the John Muir Project, calls “a 19th century notion that they damage the ecology and are bad.”

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/was-2015-a-record-year-for-wildfires-dispute-fans-a-debate-over-us-forests/ar-BBojxyZ

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I'm not sure which side to believe. Both sides have some good points. 

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