by Jessica R. Towhey

Have the California wildfires of 2020 “set a record,” as state officials report? Only if you don’t look back too far.

What some are calling “unfathomable” today was commonplace in California’s past — and helps explain why America’s West Coast has a forestry management problem.

On Sunday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or “CAL FIRE,” announced this year’s wildfires have burned 4 million acres, and the season isn’t over.

“The 4 million mark is unfathomable. It boggles the mind, and it takes your breath away,” said Scott McLean, a spokesman for CAL FIRE. “And that number will grow.”…

Ebell, Heartland Institute President James Taylor and Steve Milloy, the founder of, spoke on a media call for the national press to pushback against assertions that the wildfires are due to intensifying climate change…

Milloy pointed out that the wildfires have wiped out California’s emission-reduction efforts with the blazes releasing 90 million tons of toxic emissions from the smoke, which has reached the East Coast causing hazy skies.

“Seem to me that whatever you think the cause is, the only solution is manage the forest,” he said. “Otherwise, California will burn until there’s nothing left to burn.”

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