Firefighter Matthew Dunagan stands watch as flames spread during a prescribed fire in Cedar Grove at Kings Canyon National Park, California, on June 11 The prescribed burn, a low-intensity, closely managed fire, was intended to clear out undergrowth and protect the heart of Kings Canyon National Park from a future threatening wildfire. The tactic is considered one of the best ways to prevent the kind of catastrophic destruction that has become common, but its use falls woefully short of goals in the West. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)

Firefighter Matthew Dunagan stands watch as flames spread during a prescribed fire in Cedar Grove at Kings Canyon National Park, California, on June 11 The prescribed burn, a low-intensity, closely managed fire, was intended to clear out undergrowth and protect the heart of Kings Canyon National Park from a future threatening wildfire. The tactic is considered one of the best ways to prevent the kind of catastrophic destruction that has become common, but its use falls woefully short of goals in the West. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)

Fighting fire with fire: U.S. struggles to hit goals in West

Tactic is considered one of the best ways to prevent catastrophic destruction.

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