Lawmakers want wide GAO probe of wildfire response

California lawmakers want the federal Government Accountability Office to investigate Forest Service tactics and decisions in responding to last summer's Angeles National Forest wildfire that killed two firefighters, destroyed 89 homes and blackened 250 square miles.

Thursday's request for a broad GAO investigation was signed by Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Republican congressmen David Dreier and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon and Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff, Judy Chu and Brad Sherman.

In their demand for a sweeping GAO probe, the legislators noted this week's disclosure that Station Fire dispatch recordings were withheld from a Forest Service review team and the public. The Department of Agriculture, which runs the Forest Service, is investigating the withholding of recordings.

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