Calif wildfire scam is bipartisan
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Some 1,200 homes have been ordered to evacuate amid threat of a wind-driven wildfire burning in Santa Barbara County.
A helicopter makes a drop [in the ocean] on a fire near Santa Barbara, Calif. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.
The blaze reportedly erupted Tuesday afternoon and is burning about a square mile of brushlands on the foothills of Santa Barbara. The residents are being told that the winds are forcing the fire toward their homes.
“Evacuations have been ordered for neighborhoods spanning an area about 2 1/2 miles wide, and part of State Route 192 has been closed.” AP reported.
Meanwhile, ABC News reported that $81 million would be slashed from Cal-Fire’s budget, eliminating more than 600 full-time and 1,100 seasonal firefighting positions,” commenting that no doubt it will slow response time.
Governor Schwarzenegger has signed an executive order for more money to go to the “fire industry.”
“He urged Californians to approve the special election ballot measures that’ll give Cal-Fire, among other state agencies, the money it needs.”
“I don’t like to use scare tactics or anything like this, but fire protection, without any doubt, will suffer if those measures fail on May 19th,” Schwarzennegger said.
[But does that mean the whole of California would go up in smoke, Gov., if the voters didn't approve?]
Cal-Fire Chief Del Walters took the opportunity to issue a more direct threat:
“We fight fire aggressively, and we get right on the fire. And if we don’t have enough people to do it, in some instances, fires will get larger.”
[And if the whole of California isn't good for a fire so big that it would scare the LD out of you, the chief would no doubt throw in Oregon and Washington for good measure!]
As for the irresponsible people who are allowed by the criminally negligent authorities to live in or at the age of forestland, it’s high time they came to their senses and stopped destroying our ailing national treasures.
“We are probably going to go back to a volunteer service where we’re going to have to maintain our own water and do more work in order to protect. It’s hitting home,” said Belinda Brunell. [Belinda Brunelle and Bill Downey have property in the Sequoia National Forest.]
Devil knows why any responsible state would allow its voters to live in a national forest!
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