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What Next After The Telegraph Fire?

Posted by feww on July 29, 2008

“A Conspiracy Against the Public”: For reasons unknown to Moderators, Google has blocked this post [it only shows up via and]  – Aug 14, 2008

The Telegraph Fire rages on, but what would the next fire be called, the Internet Fire?

The figures are astronomical. The frequency, magnitude, acreage and cost of wildfires are growing each year. Like the Internet statistics, the costs are clocking 9-digit figures.

Agent Orange over Vietnam? No, an air tanker dropping its load of fire retardant on the slopes of Mt Bullion near Mariposa. Photo by Michael Maloney / The Chronicle. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

Big Fires: Big Business!

In the 1990s the Forest Service spent just over $300 million a year fighting wildfires. In 2007 the cost jumped up to nearly $1.4 billion, a 4.7-fold rise (466 percent).

In California the rise was more “modest,” only 152 percent.

In the 1990s the wildfires consumed an average of about 3.6 million acres a year. Since 2000, the average was more than doubled to about 7.3 million acres. Last year, the figure nearly tripled to more than 9 million acres. The charred acreage this year is on track to break 2007 record.

Is this a thermonuclear explosion? A volcanic eruption? No, It’s a massive convection column of smoke rising above Los Padres National Forest during the $141million Zaca fire. Photo: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

The Zaca Fire, which began burning northeast of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, California, started on July 4, 2007 and by August 31 it had burned about 240,210 acres (972.1 km²). The fire was declared controlled on October 29, 2007, at a cost of $141million.

Help Make Wildfires Fun (!)

Build your home at the edge of fire-prone wildlands, a million homeowners can’t be wrong! Right? More than 1 million homes (about 61% of all new housing) built in California, Oregon and Washington between 1990 to 2000 were erected at the edge of fire-prone wildlands, a University of Wisconsin study reported.

Tell You What…

Let’s uproot all the trees, shrubs and bushes, pave over the mountains and cement the wildlands … till there’s nothing more left for fire to consume!

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Update >> Telegraph Fire: Day 5
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5 Responses to “What Next After The Telegraph Fire?”

  1. […] Comments feww on What Next After The Telegraph…Desmond Tutu and the… on UNEP Issues Some CO2 Reduction…Steve Kennedy on What Next […]

  2. feww said

    Steve – Will visit your web site soon.

  3. I’ve built a web site around a video script about suburban forest fires, fire safety and the environment. I started on this project in 1993, completed an East Bay hills version of the video in February 2007, won an award in the Berkeley Film Festival and started on a Lake Tahoe version in July of 2007.
    For some good food for thought and some wicked political satire please surf through my web site and please leave a message in the GuestBook.
    Does anyone know anything about the Mariposa County Fish & Game Advisory Commission. They may have some funds available for a video about wildfire and the scientific principles of fish and wildlife conservation.
    Please call me at [Edited by Moderator: FEWW]

  4. feww said

    Moderators don’t approve of buildings erected on the “wildland interface.”
    SELF DEFENSE? Please see:

  5. kurt kamm said

    You forgot something – remind all the people building on the wildland interface NOT TO LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT WILDFIRES, AND BE SURE NOT TO CLEAR A DEFENSIBLE SPACE. Let the firefighters worry about it.

    I read that 100+ homes burned somehwere in CA long after the fire went through because residents didn’t know that embers could catch in their eaves.

    Part of the equation is SELF DEFENSE

    I have also written a novel about wildland firefighters in California. If you are interested, please visit

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