'Burn boss' arrest inflames Western land use tensions
October 28, 2022
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When U.S. Forest Service personnel carried out a planned burn in a national forest in Oregon on Oct. 13, it wound up burning fencing that a local family, the Hollidays, uses to corral cattle.
The crew returned six days later to restart the burn, but the flames then spread onto the family's ranch and resulted in the arrest of "burn boss" Rick Snodgrass.
Repercussions of the singular incident in the remote corner of eastern Oregon have reached all the way to Washington, D.C., where Forest Service Chief Randy Moore denounced the arrest. But the ranching family is applaudin...