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  • 6 Straightforward Recommendations to Help Stop Wildfires

    08/25/2018 10:51:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/25/2018 | Gary Schiff
    [SNIP] Here are six recommendations that could vastly improve federal, state, and local firefighting effectiveness; lower costs; and improve firefighter and public safety. 1) We know the causes and demographics of human fire starts. As one example, we know that almost thirty percent of wildfire starts are a result of debris burning. How do we target that demographic and work with states and communities on developing and enforcing ordinances? The critical message is this: whether it is human starts due to debris burning, abandoned campfires, arcing power lines, or off-road vehicles, there need to be targeted analyses and focused; meaningful;...
  • California's Jerry Brown considers easing logging rules to help fight fires

    08/24/2018 8:48:12 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/24/18 | Miranda Green
    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is proposing sweeping new legislation that would make it easier for private landowners to cut down trees on their land as the state deals with one of its worst wildfire seasons in years. Brown's plan, which first was reported by the Mercury News Thursday, would allow landowners living on property of 300 acres or less to cut down trees with up to a 36-inch diameter without a permit. The current regulation ends at 26 inches in diameter. Additionally, owners would be able to build private roads up to 600 feet long without getting a permit...
  • Interior’s Zinke: ‘Environmental terrorist groups’ most responsible for out-of-control wildfires

    08/14/2018 3:40:14 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 19 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/14/18 | USA Features
    Truth Bomb: Interior Secretary and former Montana congressman Ryan Zinke blasted “environmental terrorist groups” over their mindless lockstep opposition to proper forest management including logging as being a major contributing factor to several massive fires burning up the West. In an op-ed for USA Today, Zinke wrote that there are about 100 wildfires currently burning, mostly across the western United States, and that most of them were largely preventable. He also wrote that he had just returned from the massive Ferguson Fire in California while praising POTUS Donald Trump for quickly declaring portions of the state disaster areas so they...
  • Zinke takes forestry fight to fire-ravaged California

    08/12/2018 5:13:27 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/12/18 | Miranda Green
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is seizing on California’s wildfires to promote a policy long-supported by Republicans — that fires could be stopped if forests were logged. The former Montana congressman is poised to push the benefits of what’s known as forest management at an event with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in California on Monday next to the state's largest forest fire in history. Yet it's not just the blaze that makes the trip important for Zinke and Perdue. Galvanized by President Trump's recent tweets on the issue and a looming farm bill vote in the House that carries a number...
  • California Wildfires Caused By Radical Environmentalists, Not Climate Change

    08/11/2018 4:59:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/18 | Katy Grimes
    The Catastrophic Canard of Climate Change Our forests are now catastrophically overgrown, often carrying four times the number of trees the land can support. In this stressed and weakened condition, our forests are easy prey for drought, disease, pestilence and fire.—Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) The United States Forest Service was originally founded to protect forests from the ravages of fire to preserve it for future generations. That thinking was abandoned in favor of the flawed “no-use movement,” or the “rewilding” theory, which blames humans for the “degradation of our planet.” “Rewilding the land can repair damage we’ve caused and reconnect...
  • We won’t stop California’s wildfires if we don’t talk about climate change

    08/09/2018 10:31:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 9, 2018 | The Editorial Board
    CALIFORNIA, THE nation’s most populous state and the world’s fifth-largest economy, is on fire. In a state already known for monster conflagrations, the past month has been unusually destructive. The Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco is now officially the largest in California’s history, having burned an area about the size of Los Angeles, and it is just one of the major blazes the state has had to face since last October. As much as the president might prefer to point fingers elsewhere, it is impossible to talk about California’s blazes without considering the role of climate change. Four...
  • California Wildfires caused by Federal and State regulators

    08/08/2018 8:38:06 AM PDT · by olepap · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jul 20,2018 | Chuck DeVore
    As timber harvesting permit fees went up and environmental challenges multiplied, the people who earned a living felling and planting trees looked for other lines of work. The combustible fuel load in the forest predictably soared. No longer were forest management professionals clearing brush and thinning trees
  • Trump blames deadly wildfires on California governor Jerry Brown and 'environmental laws'

    08/06/2018 10:03:31 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 30 replies
    Independent (UK) Via Yahoo News ^ | August 6, 2018 | Kimberley Richards
    Donald Trump has attacked California's "environmental laws", blaming them for the recent deadly wildfires. The president called for state governor Jerry Brown to allow the “free flow” of water he insisted was “foolishly being diverted” to the Pacific Ocean. Mr Trump addressed the wildfire tragedy on Twitter by weighing in on what he perceives to be the issues that have “magnified” the fires.
  • [CA] Fast-Moving Holy Fire Burns Hundreds of Acres at Orange and Riverside County Divide

    08/07/2018 4:39:45 AM PDT · by blueplum · 70 replies
    Channel 7 San Diego NBC ^ | 06 Aug 2018 | Heather Navarro and Shahan Ahmed
    ...The Holy Fire, which had exploded from 75 to 700 acres within an hour Monday afternoon, was threatening recreation structures in the area of Trabuco Creek and Holy Jim Canyon roads, according to the United State Forest Service. It had consumed more than 1,200 acres by 5:40 p.m., with zero percent containment. At 8:19 p.m., the Cleveland National Forest's official Twitter account said the Holy Fire had grown to 4,000 acres with zero percent containment, meaning the blaze had more than tripled in size in fewer than three hours.
  • California burns: The “new normal” thanks to Obama Era Environmental Regulations

    08/06/2018 7:08:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/18 | Katy Grimes & Megan Barth
    Environmentalists believe that people cause climate change, so maybe this is just punishment (environmental justice) in their never-ending and destructive quest for sustainability. “Hotter, drier, longer forest fires we are witnessing today have nothing to do with ‘dangerous manmade climate change. They have a lot to do with idiotic forest mismanagement policies and practices.”—Paul Driessen, Senior Policy Advisor, CFACT This past week, the New York Times reported on California’s wildfires stating that “Since 2012, according to state emergency management officials, there has not been a month without a wildfire burning—a stark contrast to previous decades, when fire officials saw the...
  • California Request for Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Approved

    08/05/2018 2:12:00 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    NBC News LA ^ | Aug. 5, 2018 | Shahan Ahmed
    California has been hard hit by wildfires, and 17 major fires continue to burn. California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced Saturday that the White House had approved the state's request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Shasta County, where the historic Carr Fire continues to burn. According to Governor Brown's office, the request was submitted to the President and approved in the same day. "This is part of a trend – a new normal – that we've got to deal with. We're dealing with it humanly, financially and governmentally," Governor Brown said on Saturday during a media briefing...
  • Breaking News! Ferguson Fire in Yosemite has jumped Hwy 41.

    08/03/2018 5:53:52 PM PDT · by notpoliticallycorewrecked · 31 replies
    Myself | 8/3/18 | myself
    The Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park has jumped Hwy 41 in the Park. The fire is now headed toward Badger Pass Ski area, which is a fire base camp. There is only one road in and out of that area. The fire crews are now trapped and have to shelter in place. PLEASE pray for the safety of the fire crews at that location. They are in immediate danger. We have already lost two firefighters with this fire.
  • Scientists see fingerprints of climate change all over California’s wildfires

    08/03/2018 7:41:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 93 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 3, 2018 | by Kurtis Alexander
    Much of the heat that’s gripped California and hastened the spread of deadly wildfires recently is due to a strange but familiar shift in the jet stream — one that’s haunted the West with threatening fire conditions in the past and could cause more hot, dry spells in the future, especially with a changing climate. The jet stream, the river of wind high above the Northern Hemisphere, has been weaker and wavier in the past few weeks, scientists say. Instead of pushing weather systems along as it usually does, it’s allowing the patterns to stagnate. “We’re seeing this mix of...
  • California's Gov. Brown: Wildfires Are Evidence Of Changing Climate 'In Real Time'

    08/02/2018 7:13:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/02/2018 | Scott Neuman
    California Gov. Jerry Brown says his state is in "uncharted territory" with the current slew of intense wildfires and he warns that climate change has made the situation "part of our ordinary experience." "[The] predictions that I see, the more serious predictions of warming and fires to occur later in the century, 2040 or 2050, they're now occurring in real time," Brown said at a news conference on Wednesday in Sacramento. "You can expect that — unfortunately — to continue intensifying in California and throughout the Southwest. We are part of that process," he said. Brown said that only a...
  • Live updates: Carr Fire tops 80,000 acres, threatens rural homes near Redding

    07/28/2018 5:52:52 PM PDT · by Mariner · 213 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | July 28th, 2018 | By Tony Bizjak, Anita Chabria, Ryan Sabalow And Sam Stanton
    The devastating Carr Fire in Northern California continued to consume tens of thousands of acres overnight, heading into several rural Shasta County hillside areas, forcing the evacuation of one hamlet and burning more homes. The five-day-old fire’s burned area jumped from 48,000 acres Friday evening to 85,000 acres by midday Saturday, a swath of 132 square miles, and authorities reported five dead and about a dozen missing. “This fire is a disaster,” Sacramento firefighter Chris Harvey told a crowd of residents about 11:30 a.m. Saturday as ash rained down on them. “It’s a very large event with very high speed...
  • Greece wildfires: 60 dead in holiday area

    07/24/2018 6:40:33 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 24, 2018
    At least 60 people have died in wildfires in the Attica region around Athens, in Greece's worst fire disaster in more than a decade. Flames fanned by strong winds devastated the seaside village of Mati, devouring homes and cars. Rescuers found the bodies of 26 adults and children who had apparently hugged each other as they died, trapped by the inferno just metres from the sea. Many calls have been made to the rescue services looking for missing persons.

    07/01/2018 10:59:22 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2:12 PM 07/01/2018 | Chris White | Energy Reporter
    Colorado authorities arrested an illegal immigrant Saturday for allegedly starting a string of wildfires in the state that have consumed more than 40,000 acres and has not yet been contained. Jesper Joergensen was apprehended after the announcement was made at a community meeting, the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen and will be given to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after he faces arson charges, a Costilla County official said at the meeting. An investigation from the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Colorado State Patrol...
  • Man (non-citizen) arrested for starting Colorado wildfire

    06/30/2018 8:56:35 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2018
    TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - A man was arrested on Saturday on charges of starting a forest fire in Colorado that has destroyed structures and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes in one of dozens of wildfires raging across the drought-hit U.S. southwest. Jesper Joergensen, 52, was taken into custody for suspected arson that started the Springs Fire, the most active of around 10 blazes in Colorado, the state hardest hit by fires, according to Costilla County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen and will be handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement once he...
  • Should Utilities Pay for California Wildfire Damage?

    05/26/2018 5:29:44 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Barron's ^ | May 26, 2018 | Vito J. Racanelli
    After the deaths of more than 40 people and the destruction of thousands of homes in California’s terrible wildfires last year, the ultimate financial reckoning remains far off. Not long ago, the state’s insurance department put compensation claims at nearly $12 billion. Will utilities and their shareholders pay, or ratepayers, or taxpayers? Should utilities bear the brunt of the claims, as consumer advocates propose, it could have serious negative repercussions for the long-term health of the California utility industry. If ratepayers or taxpayers foot the bill, many residents of the Golden State will feel the pinch in their pocketbooks. According...
  • Huge wildfire out of control western OK

    04/17/2018 2:21:28 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 47 replies
    extremely dry with wind guts to 50 MPH live shot from air from ground