I doubt that. Two weeks ago a three hundred mile section of the west coast was blanketed with forest fire smoke. The mountains in the west are steep unlike those in the east. Just google image picturse Cascades, Olympics, Rockies and Sierras etc.
Idle assets on the ground??? This is the worst drought in years, here in the west. Is the US forest service, willing to lose forests that took a hundreds of years to grow and are worth billions of dollars. Just so Erickson can have idle assets on the ground? What about the wild life, cabins and homes are they willing to lose these too? How about the recreational value of these lands? All because of a few years of drought?