Federal response to wildfires must change, Forest Service chief says

Firefighters Casey Hoffman, captain with the Eldorado National Forest, right, and Jeff Mabe, resources advisor with Eldorado National Forest, continue to tackle the Caldor Fire as the fire’s footprint continues to expand southwest of the Lake Tahoe Basin on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Strawberry, California. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service needs to hire more firefighters and reconfigure how it mitigates the risk of wildfires that are growing more intense, the head of the agency told lawmakers Wednesday.