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Cost concerns weakened Forest Service's assault on Station fire, study says

Oct 11, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Agriculture Department's review cites a letter before the blaze instructing fire managers to limit requests for crews, aircraft and equipment from state and local agencies.

A desire to control costs slowed the arrival of "critical resources" in the attack on last year's disastrous Station fire as the U.S. Forest Service delayed ordering reinforcements from other agencies that had crews and equipment at the ready, according to an internal federal review.

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