It is hard to understand why the environmentalists oppose clear cutting dead forests to establish fire breaks to stop or slow down a massive forest fire.
If forest fires are contained by creating hasty fire breaks in its path, and environmentalists like Mark Udall's Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society do not object to that, why would they oppose well planned deliberate fire breaks.
This opposition makes no sense. It needlessly puts firefighter's lives at risk because the fires will be fought, and they will be fought with fire breaks.
Perhaps Mark Udall will take time from his busy schedule to explain why he opposes deliberate fire breaks and does not oppose hasty fire breaks.