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  • Hands-off forest management goes up in smoke

    10/14/2017 8:24:07 AM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    Register Guard ^ | October 10, 2017 | Nick Smith
    Sam Krop’s characterization of catastrophic wildfire on public and privately owned forest lands (guest viewpoint, Oct. 4) doesn’t match the reality of what Oregon experienced this summer. But I can see why Cascadia Wildlands and other special interest groups oppose solutions such as the Resilient Federal Forests Act. These bills untie the hands of our federal land managers, and provide them with more tools and resources to restore the health of our public forests, before and after a fire. Has “hands-off” forest management reduced the size and severity of forest fires? Are we choking on less wildfire smoke every summer?...
  • We Need Conservatives to Fight Climate Change

    09/12/2017 8:13:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | September 12, 2017 | By Noah Smith
    <p>The unprecedented hurricanes that have hit Texas and Florida, and the wildfires that have rampaged across California, seem to be pushing some reluctant conservatives from climate change skepticism to acceptance of reality. If so, that's great, because they're uniquely positioned to do something about it.</p>
  • WESTERN US FIRES - Live Thread

    09/05/2017 10:11:15 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 224 replies
    Various ^ | 9/5/17 | me
    The Western US is facing cataclysmic forest fires, at least one started by idiot boys throwing fireworks in Eagle Creek area, near Multnomah Lodge, in the COLUMBIA GORGE - a greenie paradise. I-84 is closed near Multnomah Files to Exit 62, just west of Hood River. MONTANA www.ktvq.comNW Fires www.arcgis.comOREGON List of fires www.inciweb.nwcg.gov> IDAHO List of fires www.inciweb.nwcg.gov> CALIFORNIA List of fires www.inciweb.nwcg.gov> WASHINGTON List of fires www.inciweb.nwcg.gov>
  • WHY ISN'T THIS USED IN FOREST FIRES ?

    12/08/2016 7:36:17 AM PST · by knarf · 46 replies
    youtube ^ | The Backyard Scientist
    While noodling around youtube, I came across this interesting video and I immediately thought of the fire in Tennessee.
  • Liberals Mock Victims of Wildfire in Tennessee

    12/01/2016 1:14:43 PM PST · by blackbetty59 · 39 replies
    HEATSTREET ^ | November 29, 2016 | Lukas Mikelionis
    As Tennessee battles raging wildfires, forcing an evacuation of thousands of people, a number of people on Twitter are mocking their plight, suggesting residents there deserve it for voting for Donald Trump. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the epicenter of the wildfires because of their proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are popular holiday resorts for conservative and Christian families from the region. The towns have a number of attractions and wholesome family activities, including Dollywood. Some of the tweets, instead of expressing horror, are declaring “let them burn” and “too bad it’s not the whole state burning.” The tweeters...
  • Huge fire forces evacuations at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, arson suspected (First Israel, Now US)

    11/30/2016 5:09:43 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 36 replies
    RT ^ | 11-29-2016 | Staff
    A roaring 500-acre fire is threatening structures in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where officials have ordered mandatory evacuations. Roads near Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed, as firefighters battle the flames and gusty winds. There have been no fatalities so far, but three burn victims are in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, the Tennessean reported. Officials suspect arson in the fire, which started over the weekend. More than 100 structures have been destroyed by the massive fire, including the home of Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner.
  • Destructive forest fires are due to—WHAT?

    07/31/2016 8:07:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/31/16 | Paul Driessen
    Climate change is all-purpose excuse for Big Green and federal misfeasance and malfeasance Special: Do This Before Bed And You'll Never Need Gym (Once Daily) First the Obama EPA came for coal mines, coal-fired power plants, miners, workers, investors, and all who depend on reliable, affordable electricity. Then the EPA, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other agencies came after oil and gas drilling and fracking, and the workers, industries and families that need petroleum. They’re also targeting farming, ranching, airlines and manufacturing. It’s all to stop “dangerous manmade climate change,” rising seas, warmer and colder weather, wetter and...
  • Forest Service confirms [federal] brush clearing started Dog Head Fire (NM, Destroyed a dozen homes)

    07/01/2016 2:46:54 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 27 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 1, 2016 | Rick Nathanson
    CHILILI — U.S. Forest Service officials on Friday confirmed Journal reports that the cause of the Dog Head Fire in the Manzano Mountains was tied to a federally funded wildland brush and wood clearing effort designed to prevent fires. Specifically they said the 18,000 acre blaze was started by a masticator, a forest thinning or brush cutting machine. The clearing effort — known as the Collaborative Landscape Restoration Project — is a joint effort of Isleta Pueblo, Forest Service and Chilili Land Grant. An Isleta crew was working the masticator in the area the day the fire started and members...
  • Massive Wildfires Force Evacuations In at Least 3 States; New Mexico's Dog Head Fire Explodes

    06/17/2016 12:33:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Weather ^ | Jun 16 2016 | Eric Chaney
    Massive Wildfires Force Evacuations In at Least 3 States; New Mexico's Dog Head Fire Explodes to 12,000Major wildfires burning across the West have consumed tens of thousands of acres and forced evacuations in at least three states. In New Mexico, one particular wildfire exploded in size on Thursday. Dry conditions are hampering firefighting efforts in a region that is expected to see dangerous and potentially deadly heat over the weekend and into early next week. "Humidity values less than 15 percent and dew points as low as the single digits will be present and persistent across a large portion of...
  • Blame for Oregon Forest Fires Falls on Feds, Says Logging Industry

    08/23/2015 4:56:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    GoLocalPDX ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Brendan Murray
    Oregon is in the midst of its third consecutive summer of severe forest fires, and industry professionals say logging limits on federal land are largely to blame. The fires have already made their costs felt, as the Oregon Department of Forestry has already spent an estimated $25 million to date on this year’s blazes. This comes on the heels of two consecutive severe seasons in 2013 and 2014, the former of which was the most destructive wildfire season in the state’s history.
  • It's an ill wind that spawned this air pollution report

    07/15/2015 5:23:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-14-15 | Joe Soucheray
    Canadian forest fires, which delivered unto us a Fourth of July weekend pall, seem to have inspired the release of a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. We are being told that air pollution is killing about 2,000 people a year, a figure so preposterously guessed at it that they might as well have made it 175,000 people a year if it's alarm they are trying to sound. The following words were used: likely, estimates and roughly. Air pollution likely contributes to thousands of deaths each year, a state study estimates. The...
  • CSIRO debuts bushfire prediction tool

    05/05/2015 7:40:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews.com.au ^ | May 5, 2015 11:50 AM (AUS) | Brendon Foye
    Spark aimed at saving lives. Australia's peak science and research organisation today released a homegrown software tool to help emergency services predict the severity and spread of destructive bushfires. The CSIRO's Spark tool gathers geospatial data on topography, vegetation, humidity and wind patterns from Landsat satellites, and combines it with data provided by fire authorities to give an accurate prediction of fire behaviour. The organisation expects Spark will not only help emergency services save lives, but also reduce the financial burden of bushfires. Spark should also allow emergency services to better manage infrastructure planning, fire fighting resource allocation and deployment,...
  • Was Sierra Pacific Victim of Government Shakedown?

    01/18/2015 6:44:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    After what became known as the Moonlight Fire burned some 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada in 2007, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection decided that Sierra Pacific Industries was responsible for the damage. The culprit, regulators charged, was a friction spark from a bulldozer operating on Sierra Pacific land. Cal Fire fined the timber company $8 million to pay for related costs. Because the fire burned more than 40,000 acres of national forest, the federal government also went after Sierra Pacific's deep pockets; in 2012, Sierra Pacific agreed to a settlement that entailed paying the feds $47...
  • U.S. Forest Service Issues Recommendations For Making Smores

    09/05/2014 11:50:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 4, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The U.S. Forest Service celebrated National Roasted Marshmallow Day the only way a government agency knows how — by telling people how not to roast smores.“Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place,” the jovial blog post says. “Be sure you are at least 15 feet from tent walls, trees or other flammable objects.” It also recommends keeping children at least 10 feet from the campfire, ensuring that they take no part in dangerous marshmallow melting.Once minors have been safely sequestered out of sight, “let’s get to the marshmallow basics. Use a roasting stick of at least...
  • Ramping up is hard to do when logging in northern Arizona

    08/03/2014 3:06:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | August 1, 2014 | Eric Betz
    How do you turn hundreds of thousands of acres of smallish trees into a profitable product? If you’re the Campbell Group, contractors for the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, you do it the old-fashioned way: Convert timber into lumber. Company officials say they will forgo more costly biofuel efforts for now as they prepare to thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona forests. But the company faces a challenge even larger than the small trees. The logging industry has all but vanished from this region of the country. To thin that many acres, they’ll need drastically more loggers, trucks and mills. At...
  • Salvage of Burned Timber in Full Swing on Private Lands ( Oregon )

    01/06/2014 7:54:33 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    The News-Review ^ | 1/6/14 | Chuck Benson
    Salvage logging on lands burned by last summer's Douglas Complex wildfire in southwestern Oregon is in full swing on privately owned forests, but not on public lands. ... On BLM lands, federal environmental laws require a lengthy planning process that includes the public. The Douglas Complex fires burned through 76 square miles on a patchwork of public and private lands.
  • Economic Warfare: Jihad by forest fire

    09/23/2013 6:11:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 23, 2013 | Bob Taylor
    Not long after Al Qaeda published a story in its online magazine, Inspire, about how to make pressure cooker bombs, the Boston Marathon became a victim of those devices. Since that time America’s hopscotch media with its 24/7-be-the-first-to-report-a-story mentality has covered riots in Egypt, red lines in Syria, Paula Dean’s racism, Oprah Winfrey’s Switzerland trip, defunding Obamacare, shutting down the government for the 100th time and endless hours debating the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident. Meanwhile, ever-vigilant global jihadists have been creating new and better ways of economic terrorism which may be less visible than flying planes into buildings or attacking...
  • Retro Report: Summer of Fire (video)

    09/04/2013 2:54:15 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Retro Report ^ | Sep 2, 2013
    The lessons learned from the summer of 1988 when fires burned nearly one third of Yellowstone National Park continue to shape the way we fight wildfires raging across the West today. “Part of our national heritage is under threat and on fire tonight.” That was how CBS’s Dan Rather described the fires raging through Yellowstone National Park in 1988 but it was only part of the story. The continuing narrative that summer was that park officials had negligently let the fires burn out of control and destroyed the legendary national park, which had supplied generations of visitors with fond memories...
  • Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires

    08/24/2013 7:33:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 08.24.13 | William F. Jasper
    It happens every summer, and this year is no different; thousands of wildfires ravage millions of acres in the arid Western states, destroying homes and huge swaths of forest and wildlife habitat — and taking lives. With the fire season far from over, federal firefighting efforts already topped $1 billion by August 21, and the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies are running out of money.  Forty-nine “uncontained large fires” are raging across the Western states and an additional 222 new “moderate” fires are in various stages of either growing or being brought under control, according to the U.S. Department...
  • THE BEETLE BURN GREEN POLICIES INCREASE RISK OF COLORADO FOREST FIRES, EXPERTS SAY

    07/26/2012 2:17:53 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 26,2012 | Tyler O'Neil
    Zubrin told the Free Beacon that logging would solve the problem. “Logging as part of a program of rational forest management” could decrease the risk of fire by “thinning out mature trees that are the pine beetles’ major targets,” and creating “gaps between forests, to act as firebreaks and beetle-breaks,” he said. If “you turn that wood into furniture, it doesn’t turn into CO2,” Zubrin said. Green activists “don’t care if a billion tons of wood turns into CO2,” so long as people are not responsible. However, Joshua Ruschhaupt, director of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club, told...