Wildfires continue to burn throughout Trinity County — many of them originating or burning through wilderness under the management of the U.S. Forest Service.

As these fires have continued to encroach upon and threaten Trinity County communities, the Board of Supervisors voted on Wednesday, Sept. 8, to send a letter to the USFS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting it investigate decisions made by USFS leadership and management.

In the letter, the board says USFS management practices “have now been proven to be unsuccessful for protecting communities, sensitive resources, water and air quality, wildlife habitat, and other economic, social and ecological values,” and “have caused many great grief due to their personal losses.”

The letter is addressed to Randy Moore, Forest Service Chief, and Thomas Vilsack, Secretary to the US Department of Agriculture — which oversees the Forest Service — and copies will also be sent to state and federal representatives.

A similar letter was sent by the Butte County Board of Supervisors dated Aug. 24.

Sup. Keith Groves said that sending such a similarly worded letter so soon after Butte County could signal other Northern California counties in similar situations with communities that border forests managed by USFS to do the same in a “snowball” like effect.

“The problem is wilderness borders private property in places,” Groves said. “And if you wait until that area is the place that the fire is fought — it’s not fair to the people there.”

The full text of the letter can be seen on page 7.

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