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Published: Saturday, Aug. 18 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Springville, UT

A good question, which the media never asks (which is a question itself), is why the "firefighters" don't actually fight fires. They'll report to the public that firefighters are assigned, but in actuality, these fires are allowed to burn (with the exception of the fire in Alpine). They are not even being "contained." Rather, they are observed, especially when they are in remote parts of the state. Occasionally, they'll have a plane drop flame retardant, which they media will capture on film. I'm asking the question the media won't ask--Why?

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

There are probably finite resources available. There are probably dozens of fires in Utah right now, hundreds in the American west. Many fires can be monitored and if they don't threat structures and lives, then they could be allowed to burn out. Remember fire is a natural process of the wild. It often cleans out vegetation making the forest or area healthier. Therefore with a limited amount of manpower and other resources, efforts must be concentrated. Unfortunately people are moving out in more rugged areas making the whole situation of fighting fires more challenging.

Provo, ut

At least this fire is next to a great water source which they can use if they can find the helicopters and buckets.

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