The feds own 57% of California forests. When will they finally act to reduce fire risks?
A firefighter looks from Fredonyer Pass as smoke plumes from spot fires rise during the Dixie fire on Aug. 18, 2021, near Susanville, California. - Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/AFP/TNS

California's 13 largest wildfires have occurred since the Cedar fire burned 2,820 structures and killed 15 people in San Diego County in October 2003. With the Dixie and Caldor fires front of mind now, it's maddening to hear lip service from lawmakers and bureaucrats, and see how little has been done to take basic steps to reduce wildfire risks. Perhaps the most maddening failure of all is the federal government's refusal to take responsibility for properly maintaining the 57% of California forest land that it owns. It was perverse to hear then-President Donald Trump repeatedly lecture Califor...