Saturday, July 26, 2008

"And there is no end in sight."

Kudos to the Los Angeles Times for its first installment today (July 26) of a five-part series about wildfire. This installment discusses the increasing severity of the big fires, the rising costs of fighting the fires, and the industry that has developed to support the firefighters on the fireline.

From the article:

"A century after the government declared war on wildfire, fire is gaining the upper hand. From the canyons of California to the forests of the Rocky Mountains and the grasslands of Texas, fires are growing bigger, fiercer and costlier to put out. And there is no end in sight."

We encourage you to follow this series through to the final article. Here's the link to the first article in the series. Should you miss a day, head to the FUSEE website and we will have links to the articles in the "Fire News" portion of our website (www.fusee.org).

Happy reading.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Let It Burn

The continuing fires in California are causing wildfire policy makers to take a hard look at fire management. One of those policies is "let it burn." The Sacramento Bee had an interesting article on this management technique.

Parts from the article:

"Federal land managers in California are retooling their firefighting strategies to capture more of the public safety, economic and environmental benefits of letting wildfires run their natural course without overwhelming the public with smoke and destroying homes.

"That's a tough balancing act in the nation's most populous state, which already endures the smoggiest and grittiest air in the country. But in a select few remote national forests, parks and wilderness areas, ecologists say, the federal government has been weaning itself off Smokey Bear's admonitions with measurable success.

"'We didn't have any injuries. We didn't burn any houses, and we cleared out 15,000 acres of dense vegetation that hasn't seen fire in decades and, in some places, a century – and that's a good thing,' said Brent Skaggs, a U.S. Forest Service fire management officer who let nature take its course under close watch – and tricky weather – in the Clover fire that was recently contained in the Sequoia and Inyo national forests."

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