Mary Kingston remembers the Pagami Wildfire like it was yesterday, though it occurred almost two years ago. The 92,000-acre wildfire came within two miles of her home on Wilson Lake, which is about 30 miles northeast of Finland. She and her neighbors were evacuated.
It’s easy to say that complaining about forest management practices is coming too soon while the fire remains a danger. Safety first, the forest service says. But when residents were told repeatedly before the weekend blowup that the fire was “contained” in the wilderness and things are in “mop up” and firefighters are being called off, one can understand the anger.
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