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The Taming of California Wildfire

Posted by feww on January 7, 2010

California: No Money, No Fire!

In July 2008, while touring wildfires in N. California, the Governator declared:

There is no more fire season as we know itthe fire season is now all year-round.”

“That means that we don’t have enough resources.” Added Mr  Schwarzenegger.

He needn’t have worried! As it transpires, and this blog has always maintained, Calif wildfires are no ordinary fires; they are intelligent fires. When the state runs out of money, seriously out of cash, the fires disappear—or at least the firebugs do!

It’s pretty curios this relationship between the state bank account (including its ability to borrow) and the intensity of fire!

“Lucky” [Luciano?]

The Mercury News called it “lucky.”

“The economy struggled, unemployment was sky-high and swine flu raged across the landscape. But California actually got lucky in 2009 in one big area: fires.” They said.

But instead of putting two and two together…

“Despite enduring a third year of drought and some major blazes in Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties, California experienced a surprisingly mild wildfire year last year, according to final tallies this week by the state’s leading fire fighting agencies.”

If only the Internet mafia didn’t filter, block and bury about 98 percent of the critical information and analysis posted on this blog, perhaps Mercury News would have been all the wiser.

The final Toll:

Total acreage charred in 2009 was 402,181  (on lands under Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service watch) . [Cf, 1.3 million acres consumed by fires in 2008. Also wildfire destroyed 490 structures in 2009, down from 2,219 in 2008. ]

They have gone as asserting reasons: “The reason: the weather. There was less dry lightning, fewer bursts of Santa Ana winds, and generally cooler summer temperatures than normal.”

Mercury quoted Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services in Saratoga as saying: “Some years are just luckier than others. It’s like going to the craps tables. A lot of this is the luck of the draw.”

Aha, so it’s to do with Las Vegas science.

It was the best fire year since 2005, with little more than half as many acres burning as the state’s annual average of 711,060 acres over the prior five years.

“Our expectations were for another big fire season,” said Jason Kirchner, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service in Vallejo. “We’re in a drought and we had a lot of dry conditions out there.”

“A lot of people thought that was going to set the tone for the season,” said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. “But as the season continued, we didn’t have the same large growth of fires that we were seeing in other years.”

The fact is, as the fire season was about to continue, the State ran out of money!

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California Fire Fleecing Season Begins

Posted by feww on May 6, 2009

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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