In his recent My Voice (“Science: Reducing fuel load in forests has little effect on wildfires,” The Observer, Oct. 7), George Wuerthner cited weather as a reason not to manage forests to reduce wildfire risks. His opinion piece misses a key point. Fire needs fuel to burn. We can’t control wind and weather, but we can control the fuel that has been steadily accumulating in the forests. Ultimately forest management is a choice, and I think the Forest Service has chosen wisely in seeking to reduce wildfire risks and public safety hazards along the Lostine corridor.