Skip to comments.[CO fires] Resource confusion a logistics problem
Posted on 06/21/2002 11:21:57 AM PDT by logician2uEdited on 09/03/2002 4:50:40 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
One of the state's largest wildland firefighting departments is stationed just miles from the nation's largest wildfire, but the U.S. Forest Service has yet to ask for its help.
Fort Carson's civilian fire department has 68 firefighters, including Hotshot members and a fleet of trucks and other equipment.
The firefighters have battled other federally coordinated fires in the region, including April's Snaking fire and the Cedar Mountain Road fire. They even have helped on the Hayman fire - but not at the request of the Forest Service.
(Excerpt) Read more at gazette.com ...
Whatever scars a 'dozer blade might make on the government's overgrown forest have to be minuscule when compared to the potential for another 100,000 acres going up in smoke.
Take a look at the area already consumed and ask yourself, "What if they had cleared a 20-mile long firebreak last week instead of letting it get bigger with each passing day?"
This is only the latest of many USFS decisions that appear to have their basis in enviro warm fuzzies rather than reality.
After the fires are finally extinguished (by rain, most likely -- not by the thousands of firefighters digging trenches by hand), Congress needs to launch a top-to-bottom inquiry into the Forest Service. National Forests are no longer the "land of many uses" they once were but rather home to endangered mice, lice and tree-huggers.
Built in 1956, the C-130A Hercules that crashed Monday was one of 28 surplus military planes involved in an aircraft exchange program that was the subject of congressional and Justice Department investigations in the mid-1990s.
Hawkins & Powers was never accused of any wrongdoing. But it was one of six Forest Service contractors named as unindicted co-conspirators in a criminal indictment in Arizona in June 1996 that led to convictions of two men -- including the Forest Service's former assistant director of aviation -- for plotting to steal 22 Air Force C-130A transport planes and six Navy P-3A submarine attack planes.
It was a tough choice, but the past several days have sealed it. The 2002 Forest Service is the leading contender for Worst Federal Department. Ever.
You have to wonder how many other shady deals have been concocted over the years, especially when some "emergency" comes up and there's little time to seek competive bids.
These people have their priorities all wrong, IMHO.
Please flag me when you post your friend's account. I don't want to miss it.
Like the one they did on the IRS?
... the Post Office?
... the FBI?
... the Clinton Impeachment? ... the Travel Office debacle? ... the ADM scandals? ... ad infinitum.
I won't hold my breath.
Congress could then turn the Forrests over to the states who could manage them. If the voters of the state feel they failed then the Governor and responsible parties could be voted out. The way it is now we have no recourse. The state could keep some land as State Forrests and perhaps privatize a percentage.
Hopefully if anything good comes out of the Colorado fires it will be a national discussion of this problem. There are better solutions than to continue with the current way of doing things.