More Than 2,000 Miles Of Fire Access Roads Damaged In Southern California


Grasses which grew rapidly after a winter of record rains and have... News PhotoAccidents and Disasters,Beetle,California,Close To,Congress,Extreme Weather,Fire - Natural Phenomenon,Firefighter,Flood,Forest,Forest Fire,Grass,Heat - Temperature,Lake Arrowhead,Longhorn Beetle,Lumber Industry,Nature,Plant Bark,Possible,Rain,Rescue Worker,Road,Torrential Rain,USA,Weather,WinterPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2005 Getty ImagesLAKE ARROWHEAED, CA - AUGUST 01: Grasses which grew rapidly after a winter of record rains and have dried out to become possible flashpoints for wildfires are seen on August 1, 2005 near Lake Arrowhead, California. Last winter was one of the wettest on record, dropping 90 inches of rain in some southern California mountain areas and creating the thickest vegetation growth in memory, and damaging more than 2,000 miles of fire access roads used to protect 2.3 million acres of forests. In addition to the many thousands of trees killed by a massive pine beetle infestation, newly grown vegetation is drying up under triple-digit temperatures and raising fears of a repeat of the devastating fire season of 2003. President Bush signed an emergency funding bill in May allocating $25 million to fix roads in southern California?s national forests but Congress has acted slower than expected in providing the money so some of the repairs might not be done until October. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)