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Wildfire on the mountain: who in their right mind would call this “management”?

1 Sep

Woke up to another nosebleed today. Our tiny ac unit, R2D2, died yesterday. We were using it more for air filtering than cooling, for those days when we don’t dare open the windows. But Dave sent me some good news.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/county-supervisors-blame-bad-policies-not-climate-change-california-wildfires

Seems the Butte County Board of Supervisors stood up on their hind legs and sent a “scathing letter” to the Secty of Agriculture and the USFS Chief, calling them on the carpet for poor maintenance of our forests and using wildfires as controlled burns. Go get ’em Bill Connelly! Here’s an excerpt.

Scathing Letter

Butte County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Connelly on Aug. 12 drafted a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Randy Moore over how the Dixie Fire and last year’s North Complex Fire were handled. However, the letter was revised to “make it less tense,” and to reflect the views of the entire board before it was sent.

The original draft accused the Forest Service of dereliction of duty and demanded an investigation into the way the Dixie Fire and last year’s North Complex Fire were handled.

“Because of the gross negligence of the USFS fire management philosophy, we no longer have trust and confidence in the decision-making process being used by the USFS,” it read.

The final letter was sent 12 days later. It stated: “The fire suppression philosophy of the USFS needs to be questioned. The ‘fire use policy’ which has been used consistently by the USFS [which allows a fire to burn provided it does not pose an immediate risk of damage to homes or lives] is clearly not effective in these times. This practice in recent years has not worked. With the extreme dry conditions and weather patterns, fires are able to burn over 15 miles in one day.”

The letter also acknowledges that the Forest Service has recently stated it “will discontinue this policy for this fire season.”

Both versions of the letter request reimbursement for costs related to the county’s response to the fires and recovery efforts.

I’ve also read recently and posted here that USFS Chief Randy Moore has called for an end to the current “let it burn” policy. “The letter also acknowledges that the Forest Service has recently stated it “will discontinue this policy for this fire season.” What does that mean? If only Moore would make them put this fire out NOW, instead of “managing” it for overtime and other benefits. I’m not talking about the kids who hike in with shovels and backpacks, I’m talking about the management types who drive in and out every day in their emaculate uniforms and glistening white pick-up trucks. There’s too many salary hogs at Cal Fire, not enough “boots on the ground”.

Who, in their right mind, would call this mess “management”?