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  • Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    07/22/2014 8:14:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:05 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change. Obama, speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday, offered federal help to deal with Washington’s wildfire, the largest in the state’s history. …
  • TRICKY TRICKY! Look what President Obama is sticking in his 3.7Billion request! (pretty shrewd!)

    07/08/2014 10:14:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies
    Gretawire ^ | July 8, 2014 | Greta Van Susteren
    I was reading about President Obama’s request for 3.7Billion to address some of the problems at the border and noted this: “….As part of the emergency spending request, about $625 million would go to fight wildfires in Western states. CLICK HERE Why put wildfires in this? What does this have to do with immigration? So that no Republican Senator or Member of the House can complain about the 3.7Billion. If he or she does, you can be sure the political ad come November will be “….voted AGAINST funds to help fight wildfires here at home…” These should be two separate...
  • Firewise Landscaping

    06/06/2014 5:31:47 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 9 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | June 4, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    With the severe drought that has been blanketing most of the country, and the wildfires ravaging Colorado this summer, now is the time to take steps to prepare for the unexpected...
  • Live video: New fires burn in Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton, Long Beach, Anaheim (Breaking)

    05/14/2014 2:38:28 PM PDT · by blueplum · 90 replies
    89.3 KPCC Radio ^ | May 14, 2014 11:51am PDT | KPCC Staff
    A number of fires are burning throughout Southern California as the area faces high temperatures and winds. Here's a rundown: Fires: Carlsbad/Poinsettia Fire Camp Pendleton/Tomahawk Fire Anaheim fire Ventura/Briggs Fire Long Beach fire Bernardo Fire Miguelito Fire snip Camp Pendleton: A brush fire burning at Camp Pendleton has lead to an evacuation order for Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton's De Luz housing, according to the Camp Pendleton Scout. It has been named the Tomahawk Fire. Officials say the fire has spread to more than 100 acres, the Associated Press reports. snip Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School on the...
  • 1,000 evacuate as wildfire razes Oklahoma homes

    05/05/2014 8:17:06 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5 May 2014 | CNS News Via AP
    UTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters worked through the night and into early Monday to battle a large wildfire that destroyed at least six homes and left one person dead after a controlled burn spread out of control in central Oklahoma.
  • 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...
  • Are terrorists setting U.S. wildfires? Ex-NSA official: Al-Qaida ignited California blazes

    09/11/2013 8:11:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/11/13 | Joe Kovacs
    As the 2013 season of devastating wildfires continues to rage across the American West, the question of arson as a form of major terrorism is again being raised. Already this year, 35,440 reported fires have burned a total of 3.9 million acres, with a quarter-million acres scorched the iconic Yosemite National Park. Large blazes continue to burn in several states, with six alive in Idaho, five each in California and Montana, and one each in Alaska, Louisiana, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, says at this time last year, 45,278 fires had burned 7.9...
  • 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...
  • Yosemite Blaze Sparked By Pot Growers

    09/01/2013 5:30:20 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 15 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/01/13 | Friends of Ours
    The "massive forest fire that has scorched 348 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park may have been sparked by illegal marijuana growers" as reported by Fox News. As the Mexican cartels face increasing obstacles in moving their product over the border, they are setting up marijuana grow operations on remote public lands across the United States. For example, during the 2010 growing season busted nearly 100 people -- most Mexican nationals with suspected ties to the drug cartels -- for alleged marijuana grow operations on public land in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, and seized $1.7...
  • CA Air National Guard Aerial Firefighting video

    08/25/2013 8:21:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Calfire blogspot ^ | Aug 22, 2013
    MUST SEE MAFFS 6 146 AW CHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD ON THE #RIMFIRE AUGUST 22 6 P.M. HI-DEF VIDEO WATCH FULL SCREEN MUST SEE MAFFS 6 ON THE #RIMFIRE 22 Aug 13 1750 Video Description: MAFFS 6 146AW Channel Islands Air National Guard working the #RimFire for US Forest Service and CAL FIRE View Full Screen
  • Radical Environmentalists Have Blood of 19 Arizona Firefighters on Their Hands

    08/05/2013 6:31:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Nineteen firefighters died fighting a forest fire in Arizona earlier this summer. Curiously, almost no one is talking about why it happened, only that it was a tragedy. Arizona Deputy State Forestry Director Jerry Payne has been the only one to speak out about the cause, and he backtracked immediately afterwards, apologizing for what he said. He claimed that the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots violated wildlife safety protocols while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013, 60 miles north of Phoenix. According to Payne, the superintendent’s violations allegedly included not knowing the location of the fire,...
  • Prayers for Southern Oregon Residents Threatened by Fires

    07/30/2013 11:47:37 AM PDT · by Portcall24 · 10 replies
    My dear childhood community of Glendale Oregon and the entire surrounding area is threatened by numerous forest fires. 150 strikes from lightening Friday night started the mess. There's 1500 fire fighters living in tents on the high school grounds and the town only has a few hundred residents. Here's a link http://www.swofire.com/ Prayers would be greatly appreciated all around for not only the residents but for the amazing folks involved with fighting the fires.
  • The Cause of the Wildfires Is...A Forest Jihad?

    07/11/2013 4:15:12 PM PDT · by Common Constitutionalist · 12 replies
    The Common Constitutionalist ^ | July 11,2013 | the Common Constitutionalist
    Wildfires have raged across the Southwest. Environmentalists insist it is the fault of global warming. Oops, climate change. They of course claim that hot and dry conditions can only be attributed to man-made warming. Our beloved president naturally had to weigh in. On June 25 he stated his conviction that climate change is to blame. Never let a good crisis go to waste, eh Mr. President? He said: "Many Americans who already feel the effects of climate change don't have time to deny it." It's funny how often Obama insists we have no more time. He can't wait for others...
  • Jihadist Group: We Started Arizona Wildfires

    07/05/2013 11:20:37 AM PDT · by South40 · 58 replies
    FreedomOutpost ^ | 7/4/2013 | Tim Brown
    Oh the many facets of jihad! Now we’re seeing fire jihad in America. According to reporter David Barnett, a Palestinian jihadist group, Masada al Mujahideen, has recently claimed credit for the ongoing wildfires in Arizona in a statement that was posted to a jihadist forum on Wednesday. Barnett reports: The statement, titled “Masada al-Mujahideen Fulfilled its Promise and Attacked America Again After the Expiration of the Period with Fires that Achieved Historic Results,” was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. “We had previously announced an unconventional war against the occupation state of Israel, and then we escalated this...
  • 19 Firefighters Working Yarnell Hill Fire Confirmed Dead (Arizona) (Update: 19 dead)

    06/30/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 220 replies
    KSAZ-TV ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Jessica Flores
    Prescott Fire Department confirmed 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night. They're part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots. The wildfire was likely caused by a lightning strike Saturday night. The Yarnell Hill fire, about 35 miles southwest of Prescott, has burned about 1,300 acres and forced the evacuation of 50 homes. The fire started Friday and has not yet burned down any structures, but Sunday night firefighters pushed the blaze back away from communities, hoping to keep the blaze from overtaking any homes. A growing fire in Yarnell forced about 600 residents...
  • Rare white buffalo born after Colorado wildfire in Royal Gorge

    06/18/2013 10:29:57 AM PDT · by Sopater · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2013
    A rare white buffalo calf was born Saturday inside Royal Gore Park, which has just seen wildfires destroy 3,218 acres and 52 commercial structures. The calf was named Smokey and was seen by some as a positive sign, KDVR.com reported.
  • Expert warns terrorists may be setting wildfires across American West

    06/17/2013 5:54:01 AM PDT · by Innovative · 108 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 16, 2013 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld of the New York-based American Center for Democracy's Economic Warfare Institute warns that last July "al-Qaeda's English-language online magazine, Inspire, published an article called 'It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb,' which featured instructions on how to build an incendiary bomb to light forests on fire. "A few months later, Russia's security (FSB) chief, Aleksandr Bortnikov warned, 'al-Qaeda was complicit in recent forest fires in Europe' as part of the terrorists' 'strategy of a thousand cuts.' Bortnikov spoke of 'extremist sites [that] contained detailed instructions of waging the forest jihad and stressed that such a...
  • Federal investigators called in as Colorado firefighters make progress

    06/17/2013 5:44:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | June 17, 2013 | Ed Payne and George Howell
    As hundreds of firefighters began to get the upper hand on a huge blaze near Colorado Springs, Colorado, investigators stepped up their probe into the cause of the most destructive wildfire in the state's history. The 16,000-acre Black Forest Fire, which was 65% contained Sunday, is now considered a crime scene, according to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa... No explanation was given for the crime scene designation.
  • Black Forest Fire: I-25 impacted by more evacuations; 360 homes & 15,000 acres burned

    06/13/2013 3:14:33 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 43 replies
    7 News the Denver Channel ^ | 06/13/13 | unknown
    EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Colorado's most destructive fire continues to roar through the heavily wooded neighborhoods in Black Forest, and is heading toward the city of Colorado Springs, prompting officials yet again to expand the mandatory evacuation zone Thursday afternoon, now to include parts of the city of Colorado Springs. The newest evacuations impact 1,020 homes and 3,000 people. Officials say University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will open as a shelter for evacuees within the hour. The Colorado State Patrol also said at 2:30 p.m. that through traffic on northbound and southbound Interstate 25 from Interquest Parkway to...
  • 2 found dead in area burned by Colo. wildfire

    06/13/2013 5:47:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2013 | AP
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Remains of two people have been found in an area burned by a wildfire that has destroyed at least 360 houses northeast of Colorado Springs. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said one person who was reported missing Wednesday was found safe, but crews on Thursday found the remains of another person reported missing. About an hour later they found the remains of a second person, he said.
  • National Guard choppers to join battle against wildfire in Pigeon Forge (TN)

    03/18/2013 7:20:45 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | March 18, 2013 | News Sentinel staff
    <p>Up to 30 fire departments from East Tennessee this morning are battling flames that have consumed 35 cabins and 135 acres in Sevier County, a spokesman said.</p> <p>Two Black Hawk helicopters from the Tennessee Air National Guard stationed at McGhee Tyson Airport left at 7 a.m. to begin an aerial survey of the carnage, Perrin Anderson, spokesman for Sevier County, said this morning. After surveying the situation, the choppers will then will contribute their own unique aid.</p>
  • NM legislation to take federal lands

    02/02/2013 5:35:33 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Ruidoso News ^ | 01/31/2013 | Jim Kalvelage
    Legislation that would move the ownership and management of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in New Mexico to the state has been introduced at the Roundhouse. The Transfer of Public Lands Act is sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, and Sen. Richard C. Martinez, D-Espanola... Herrell said New Mexico has a rich history of farming, ranching, hunting, fishing and oil drilling. "In our past we have also had a thriving timber industry that is unfortunately near nonexistent ... ... A healthy timber industry, managed responsibly by New Mexicans, would not only help our economy by creating...
  • Firewise Landscaping

    07/20/2012 9:06:21 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 2 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | July 20, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    With the severe drought and heat wave that has been blanketing most of the country, and the wildfires ravaging Colorado this summer, now is the time to take steps to prepare for the unexpected. The use of "Firewise" landscaping in the area surrounding your home and property can serve as a fire break...
  • Al Qaeda ‘Fire Bomb’ Fails Cal Fire’s Test

    07/18/2012 7:42:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBS) ^ | July 17, 2012 11:54 PM
    Al Qaeda is reportedly exploring a new way to attack the U.S., encouraging terrorists to make homemade “fire bombs” to start massive wildfires in California and the western U.S. Al Qaeda magazine gave step-by-step instructions on how to build and use an “ember bomb,” which sends flaming embers out into the dry fields. Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson said that’s when CAL FIRE jumped into action. “The magazine had very specific outlines and drawings and details on how to create that ‘fire bomb,’ so we felt it was in our interest to go ahead and put that together and determine what...
  • Clinton-era Environmental Rules Increased Wildfire Risks in Colorado

    07/12/2012 4:11:45 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | 7/11/2012 | Aaron Gardner
    Environmental regulations restricting the construction of forest access roads have limited the ability of the Forest Service to clear combustible brush and trees, adding dangerous fuel to the wildfires that have ravaged Colorado this summer. The so-called “roadless rule,” which was first implemented in 2001 by President Clinton shortly before he left office, restricts and in many cases prohibits local and federal officials from building and maintaining roads that allow firefighters to clear out growth that could instantly become tinder for a new fire. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, regularly referred to as the 2001 roadless rule, was adopted in...
  • Are Shooters To Blame for Western Wildfires? No. The environmentalists are.

    07/05/2012 10:08:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 5, 2012 | Bob Owens
    Shooters have been blamed for starting a number of fires recently in tinder-dry western states, where conflagrations have erupted near shooting ranges. One, Arizona’s Sunflower Fire, has been positively traced to irresponsible members of a bachelor party who fired an incendiary shotgun shell into the underbrush: The Sunflower Fire — which has burned nearly 18,000 acres of the Tonto National Forest and is not fully contained — began in mid-May after five Arizona men gathered to celebrate the upcoming May 19 nuptials of Bryan Reeder. The group — all in their mid-20s — traveled from Mesa to the Sycamore Creek...
  • Giant Wildfire Started During Bachelor Party (caused huge forest blaze with shotgun blast)

    07/02/2012 11:24:05 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    thesmokinggun.com ^ | July 2, 2012
    JULY 2---The largest wildfire burning in Arizona was started during a bachelor party when one shotgun-toting celebrant fired a shell that promises to shoot “100 feet of fire, setting everything in its path ablaze,” The Smoking Gun has learned. The Sunflower Fire--which has burned nearly 18,000 acres of the Tonto National Forest and is not fully contained--began in mid-May after five Arizona men gathered to celebrate the upcoming May 19 nuptials of Bryan Reeder. The group--all in their mid-20s--traveled from Mesa to the Sycamore Creek area for a weekend “campout and bachelor party,” according to court records. On Saturday, May...
  • Democrats’ New Motto: Never Let a Wildfire Go to Waste

    06/29/2012 5:01:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | June 29,2012 | Michelle Malkin
    know, this is also personal. My family and I are approaching a full week as Waldo Canyon Fire evacuees. Did you know that President Obama has been incommunicado with Colorado’s governor for more than two weeks as the nation’s worst wildfires rage across the state? Maybe he thought we were all “doing fine.” After an embarrassing Beltway press briefing revelation about our out-of-touch White House, the administration finally decided to divert the campaigner in chief from his nationwide fundraising frenzy for a quick look-see at our devastated city on Friday. It’s “leadership from behind” you can count on. While he...
  • Democrats' New Motto: Never Let a Wildfire Go to Waste

    06/29/2012 5:01:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Did you know that President Obama has been incommunicado with Colorado's governor for more than two weeks as the nation's worst wildfires rage across the state? Maybe he thought we were all "doing fine." After an embarrassing Beltway press briefing revelation about our out-of-touch White House, the administration finally decided to divert the campaigner in chief from his nationwide fundraising frenzy for a quick look-see at our devastated city on Friday. It's "leadership from behind" you can count on. On Wednesday, press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that Obama hadn't talked to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper...
  • President Obama to tour Waldo Canyon Fire Friday

    06/27/2012 1:58:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    fox 31 Denver ^ | June 27, 2012 | Eli Stokols
    Barack Obama will fly to Colorado Springs Friday to tour the scene of the Waldo Canyon Fire, which continues to ravage homes and forest on the edge of Colorado’s second most populous city. ... Politically, the fire offers Obama a chance to be on the ground in a key swing state assuming the responsibilities of actually being President. Further, with the Supreme Court set to issue its ruling on the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, traveling to the fire lines on Friday offers the President an opportunity to attempt to turn the page should the Court rule part or all...
  • Colorado Wildfires Threaten Navigators' Camps: ...Glen Eyrie castle evacuated...horses...run free

    06/27/2012 4:39:06 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | June 26, 2012 | Allison J. Althoff
    Among the Colorado wildfires drawing national attention today, the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs poses an immediate threat to the Navigators’ Glen Eyrie Conference Center and Eagle Lake Camp properties. The blaze...was only at 5 percent containment... Hundreds of workers are currently on the ground battling the blaze, which has burned down an Eagle Lake tent platform and come dangerously close to its barn, auto shop, and maintenance director’s home. “They’ve been praying God would raise walls of protection around the camp,” said Melissa Anderson, a 24-year-old Glen Eyrie resident and friend of Eagle Lake’s maintenance directors. “Apparently, the...
  • Obama shrunk aerial firefighting fleet (poll)

    06/26/2012 10:42:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    gazette ^ | June 26, 2012
    Green agenda targets slurry bombers As fire rages out of control on the edge of Colorado Springs, threatening lives and property, it is time we listen to those who have warned us about the negative effect environmentalists and President Barack Obama have had on the federal government’s ability to fight fires. Much of what’s burning is the Pike National Forest, which is federal property. Yet it took almost three days to get federal fire fighting aircraft off the ground to begin dumping meaningful loads of slurry to slow the fire’s growth. Because the Forest Service has a shortage of planes,...
  • Colorado Springs Fires - 32,000 people have been evacuated

    06/26/2012 8:00:18 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 135 replies
    This is the Waldo Canyon fire. Winds grew to 65mph this afternoon and the fire went over the fire-breaks. The Air Force Academy and surrounding neighborhood have been evacuated. Interstare I-25 has been closed north of Colorado SPrings in order to allow local people use the highway to evacuate.
  • Colorado fire near Pikes Peak forces 11,000 from homes [BO raising million$ while people suffer]

    06/26/2012 5:58:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/25/12 | Keith Coffman
    A fast-growing wildfire in Colorado forced 11,000 people from their homes at least briefly on Sunday and threatened popular summer camping grounds beneath Pikes Peak, whose vistas helped inspire the patriotic tune "America the Beautiful." Live summit video from the 14,115-foot (4,302-metre) peak showed plumes of dark smoke billowing in the air, and a cog railway that ferries tourists up the side of the famous mountain was shut down because of the wildfires.
  • Too many wildfires caused by gun owners, says Utah governor (+video)

    06/24/2012 8:07:25 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 80 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 23 June 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    Some of the wildfires scorching the West this year were sparked by unusual culprits: Gun owners. Or, more specifically, gun shooters. As with the Dump fire in Utah, which flared hard enough on Friday to force the evacuation of 1,500 homes and 9,000 people, nearly two dozen conflagrations, officials say, have started accidentally by careless target shooters whose bullet sparks touch off dried-up pinon and wild grasses. “Now is not a good time to take your gun outside and start shooting in cheat grass that’s tinder dry,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Friday. While authorities can ban certain fire-related activities...
  • New Mexico Fires Just Another Enviromentalist Induced Catastrophe - 250,000 Acres Lost

    06/14/2012 7:13:38 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 23 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 06/14/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    We, perhaps, will never be able to reckon the entire extent to which the Environmentally ill and the EPA have caused the loss of life, limb, and monetary resources due to their obsessive love for Gaia, their Mother Earth. Frankly, I think they have done more harm to their Ma, than we could ever guess.New Mexico, as well as other western states, have been the latest victims of an out of control environmental policy as directed by out of control Democrats, especially in the Obama administration as of late. As Spain goes broke from going solar, as Obama works toward...
  • Desert Visions (Monument and Horseshoe2 Fires)

    05/17/2012 1:44:53 PM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    American Rattlesnake (Photos by Cindy Kolb) ^ | May 17, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    As four separate wildfires devour the state of Arizona-burning more than 17,500 acres at last count-it’s instructive to look at how our government has handled its investigation into the two enormous ones which blazed a path of destruction across the state in 2011. According to the Arizona Daily Star, both the Horseshoe 2 and the Monument Fire were caused by humans, which in the case of national forests invariably means illegal aliens and/or Mexican narco-traffickers nesting within wilderness cordoned off from American citizens. The tragedy, which should elicit anger and frustration in anyone concerned about the environment and the lives...
  • Al-Qaida magazine urges terrorists to set wildfires in Montana

    05/06/2012 4:57:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 5/04/12 | GWEN FLORIO
    Al-Qaida magazine urges terrorists to set wildfires in MontanaMay 04, 2012 5:53 am • By GWEN FLORIO Terrorists who want to strike fear in the hearts of Americans would do well to set wildfires in Montana, al-Qaida advises in the most recent issue of its English-language magazine, Inspire. “It is difficult to choose a better place other than in the valleys of Montana where the population increases rapidly,” Inspire’s “AQ Chef” columnist writes. The magazine disappeared for a while after its founders, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, were killed last year in a U.S. missile strike. But it recently reappeared...
  • Report blames fires on border crashers (illegals caused 40 percent of fires on Ariz.-Mex. border)

    11/24/2011 7:21:00 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2011-11-22 | Stephen Dinan
    Illegal immigrants started nearly 40 percent of human-caused wildfires along the Arizona and Mexico border between 2006 and 2010, according to a new government report that backs up claims state lawmakers made during this year’s catastrophic blazes. That number even may be understated - the report by the Government Accountability Office said federal land agencies often violate their own policies by not trying to investigate the origins of such fires. Of the 422 human-caused fires, just 77 were investigated, and of those 30 were found to have been ignited by illegal border crosses. Illegal immigration also makes battling the fires...
  • Obama cracks jokes about devastating Texas wildfires

    09/27/2011 8:41:37 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 64 replies
    http://pubsecrets.wordpress.com ^ | posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 12:00
    Obama cracks jokes about devastating Texas wildfires You know, beneath the cool exterior of the basketball-playing hipster president, behind the facade of the partisan class warrior, there lurks a core truth — Barack Obama is a jackass: While at a highdollar fundraiser San Jose, California, President Obama ridiculed Rick Perry. “You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change.” Obama said to laughter and applause, and added, “No, no, it’s true!”
  • Texas Fire Destroys 1,554 Homes, 17 People Missing

    09/11/2011 4:18:07 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 39 replies
    BASTROP, Texas – The number of homes destroyed by a Texas wildfire has risen to 1,554 and is expected to further increase as firefighters enter more areas where the blaze has been extinguished, officials said Sunday. Seventeen people remain unaccounted for.
  • Did Perry Slash the Volunteer Fire Fighter Budget?

    09/07/2011 12:45:44 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | 9-7-2011 | Katrina Trinko
    Did Perry Slash the Volunteer Fire Fighter Budget? By Katrina Trinko September 07, 2011 Talking to MNSBC host Larry O’Donnell last night, former Perry opponent Jim Hightower accused Rick Perry of making draconian cuts to the volunteer fire fighter budget — no small accusation, considering the wildfires in Texas.  “Perry with his Republican supermajority in the legislature managed to slash the budget of the volunteer fire departments in our state by 75 percent in the last legislative session. We don’t have firefighters enough to come to fight these fires. People’s homes are burning down because of his failure,” Hightower said....
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Cut Fire Department Funding by 75%

    09/07/2011 8:16:21 AM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 92 replies
    opposingviews.com | Sep 6, 2011 | Michael Allen
    According to KVUE-TV, the state of Texas, under Gov. Rick Perry, cut state funding for the volunteer fire departments that protect most of the state from wildfires. Firefighters have actually been dipping into their own pockets to fight fires. Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain had their funding cut from $30 million to $7 million. There are 879 volunteer fire departments in Texas; 114 are paid fire departments, while 187 departments are a combination of volunteer and paid. At a press conference Monday, Perry promised to seek federal disaster relief and said that FEMA would be in the...
  • Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes (Sit idle in CA grounded by Obama Admin)

    09/07/2011 10:41:16 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 33 replies
    09/07/2011 | Audrey Hudson
    Firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres. The massive blazes forced Texas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry to abruptly call off a campaign appearance in South Carolina earlier this week to respond to the crisis, and may force him to cancel his first debate appearance Wednesday night....
  • Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes

    09/07/2011 4:57:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 7, 2011 | Audrey Hudson
    Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres. The massive blazes forced Texas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry​ to abruptly call off a campaign appearance in South Carolina earlier this week to respond to the crisis, and may force him to cancel his first debate appearance Wednesday night. The U.S. Forest Service terminated the contract with Aero Union five weeks ago to operate...
  • Texas calls for help as wildfires worsen

    09/06/2011 11:45:59 PM PDT · by americanophile · 20 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | September 6, 2011 | Ashley Powers and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Reporting from Bastrop, Texas, and Los Angeles— Out-of-control wildfires — among the worst in state history — leaped across Texas' parched midsection, destroying 1,000 homes and killing four as firefighters called for more resources and the governor, a Republican presidential hopeful who's made his mark blasting federal spending, asked Washington for help. Winds were expected to abate, but only slightly, and the dry conditions will persist for days. Gov. Rick Perry complained about the slow pace of assistance from Washington and Ft. Hood as Federal Emergency Management Agency officials arrived in Bastrop, where 600 houses were burned, to survey fire...
  • Feds to assume control of Bastrop Co. fire; TX volunteer firemen turned away

    09/06/2011 9:07:28 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 86 replies
    BASTROP — Firefighting-trained volunteers from around the state converged on Bastrop and Smithville Tuesday to lend a hand to the beleaguered local firefighters battling the Bastrop County Complex Fire — only to be sent away as federal officials arrived at the scene and took command, apparently because local officials never made a formal request for volunteers. “We were at the station getting set up into strike teams, and this guy came up and said that the U.S. Forest Service had ‘assumed control of the situation, and that ‘If you don’t have a vehicle that squirts water, go home,’” said Gordon...
  • Confirmed: Perry scheduled to leave wildfires for GOP debate

    09/06/2011 5:50:42 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 170 replies
    ABC Go ^ | September 6, 2011 | Ted Oberg
    HOUSTON -- At the moment, Rick Perry's camp confirms the governor still plans to participate in Wednesday night's GOP debate in California. The governor's campaign just released his schedule showing two events in California after the debate. It appears he will leave the wildfires to appear Wednesday night in California and will continue on with planned fundraisers Thursday and Friday. It appears his brief break from campaigning hasn't hurt.
  • Map of Texas Wildfires

    09/06/2011 7:08:37 AM PDT · by pwatson · 29 replies · 1+ views
    http://ticc.tamu.edu/Response/FireActivity/default.aspx map of all the active wildfires in Texas