USFS: Wilderness Designation Does Not Stop Firefighting

USFS: Wilderness Designation Does Not Stop Firefighting

The Gilead Wildfire, which is burning 10 miles northwest of Buffalo, currently has a Type 3 National Incident Response Team Assigned to it, but there are no firefighters on the scene of the fire at this time due to the inaccessibility of the terrain. The fire is burning in an area that is recommended to be a designated wilderness area. Normally, designated wilderness areas have significant restrictions regarding forest management. However, when there's an emergency like a raging wildfire, appropriate intervention is always an option. Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, Susie Douglas.

Douglas clarified the area's pending status as a wilderness area is not the reason firefighters are not inserted in the area. Rather, because the terrain is so hard to get into, that means it would also be difficult to get out of, and the present risk to firefighters it too great.

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