Bush Signs Bill to Curb Wildfire Threat

More timber and brush can be cut and cleared with less environmental scrutiny under a law President Bush signed Wednesday.

Biologists with the Forest Service and other agencies will now make those judgments to speed up forest treatment.

Marty Hayden of the environmental group Earthjustice, said the regulations eliminate ``a crucial check and balance'' on the Forest Service, which he contended has long favored the timber industry.