A special legislative committee set up to investigate wildfire control efforts in the state wrapped up with a report documenting the problem – but no recommendations for changes in state policy.

The Forest and Wildfire Management Ad hoc Committee chaired by Rep. David Cook (R-Globe) probed the decade-long failure of large-scale forest restoration efforts, the forest-thinning bottleneck caused by the lack of a market for biomass and the sometimes destructive reliance on backburns in an emergency.

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