US wildfires fuel urgency for forest restoration

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signs a new testament for Frankie Pirelli, left, as Firefighters for Christ volunteer. Bill McGeachy watches at the Little Bear Fire incident command area Monday June 11, 2012 in Ruidoso, N.M. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated in this resort town due to the Little Bear wild land fire. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

June 13, 2012 8:19:46 PM PDT
A combination of decades of vigorous fire suppression and the waning of the timber industry over environmental concerns has left many forests a tangled, overgrown mess, subject to the kind of super-fires that are now regularly consuming hundreds of homes and millions of acres.