The U.S. Forest Service has begun removing hundreds of thousands of burned and dying trees from two wildfire zones.
The trees are alongside 250 miles of roads and trails within the perimeter of this summer's Hayman and Schoonover fires.
Most of the trees will be left on the ground to reduce erosion and restore nutrients to the fire-scorched soil.
The Forest Service is acting under emergency rules that bar appeals of forest safety projects.
Some environmental groups have accused logging interests of using fears of wildfires as a pretext for expanded logging in national forests.
The Forest Service hopes to have most of the work done by next spring.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.