World News Tonight - "Fires in the West"
in the West were a big part of our lives in 2000. At Los
Alamos, stories included the politics of the prescribed
burn by the National Park Service, the evacuation of the
town, and safety issues as the fire burned in and around
Los Alamos National Laboratory. At the Mesa Verde fire,
there were mixed reactions as the fire burned beautiful
parts of the National Monument, but also revealed previously
in the summer it seemed as if most of the state of Montana
was in flames, and we traveled there to help cover the worst
fire season in decades.
are lots of elements to consider with fire stories: Safety
is a big concern. Sensitivity is required because people
are waiting to hear if their homes and businesses are still
standing. There's the toll on wildlife, forests and firefighters.
There's the issue of fire prevention and the politics and
policy questions - how to fight the fires, clean up and
pay for the devastation?
Nomex - the yellow fire retardant clothing - was well worn
by the end of the summer.