Industry wants more cutting of infested Ore. pines

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A "red zone" of about 300,000 acres in Klamath and Lake counties appears to have gotten through another fire season without a catastrophe in lodge pole pine forests devastated by pine bark beetles.

Cooler, wetter weather has begun to prevail this fall in the southern Oregon region east of the Cascade Range. But foresters say there's a long-term danger that fire will sweep through the dead trees.

The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/qfPHhG) reports that industry groups are pressing state officials to intervene with federal agencies to get more dead trees removed.

Environmentalists say nature should be allowed to take its course and replace the trees.

The Forest Service is clearing lodge poles along selected roads to create safety corridors and give firefighters access and room to work.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com