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As California burns, the U.S. undersecretary of agriculture got an earful of criticism Tuesday about how the the nation’s forests are being managed.

As part of his visit to the North State on Tuesday to learn more about the fires, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Jim Hubbard had a listening session in Red Bluff with about 20 ranchers, loggers and others who contract with the U.S. Forest Service.

With hundreds of thousands of acres of national forest burning just miles away, Hubbard and other Forest Service officials were told the agency’s management practices were making the forests worse and more susceptible to fire.

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