Going Green

Monday, July 14, 2008

Wildfire Fighting: Symptoms vs Causes

There are some underlying issues here that need to be addressed. 1) The suppression of fire over the last forever is part of the problem. Fire keeps the brush and trash clear. It is part of the natural order in the ecosystems in question. 2) People need to quit building in high fire risk areas or take steps to decrease their risk. It's like building in a flood plain. One of these days you will wake up with water in your house.

Don't treat the symptoms Mr. Secretary, deal with the root causes.

Secretary Kempthorne Strengthens Interior's Wildland Firefighting Efforts for California, the West

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today issued two orders that will strengthen Interior’s wildland firefighting resources to help address severe conditions in California and bolster efforts across the West during this year’s wildfire season. The actions could make several hundred additional employees available to assist in wildland fire suppression and support activities.

“With the National Preparedness Level at its highest level, the...(complete article here).

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