How Much Info Should the Public Know?

A few days ago I got criticized heavily by a number of the public agencies for the article I wrote (Aug 10: Fire Command Considers Burning Out Backcountry) because they felt it was too sensational and scared people.

My feeling is the public should always be kept as informed as possible. The burning operations the Incident Commanders propose is immense. I'm completely supportive of the actions. Being for or against this isn't the point of my reporting - it's at least telling us now what the whole plan involves rather than letting us discover it later.

So my question is: What's too much information when it comes to this fire?

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