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  • PBS Using Arson as a Form of Protest?

    Sep 1, 2011 PBS shows how a group of activists used arson as a form of protest
    PBS Lesson Plan: Examining the Role of (Arson) Protest in a Democracy?
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    Arsonists or Terrorists? Film Details Rise, Fall of Earth Liberation Front …

    www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/environment-july-dec11-efp_09-01/

    Sep 1, 2011The Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental activist group, was named a domestic terrorist threat by the FBI in 2001. In this documentary …

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    Sep 1, 2011  I watched “ONE” PBS Lesson Plan: A detailed video account of exactly, in full detail, of how Earth Liberation Front (ELF) planned, plotted and carried out, burned and terrorized.

    I called PBS and complained, the last thing in the world that the U.S.A  needs is the entire game plan for how domestic terrorists, planned it, did it and got away with it!

    AND PBS SAID, “YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE WHOLE SERIES”

    PBS EDUCATION: Internet access and equipment to show the class online video.

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    ECO-TERRORISTS USING ARSON  Sep 1, 2011 July 24, 2017
    The power of suggestion
     
    Email  Monday, July 24, 2017 10:02 AM
    Subject: Eco-Terroists/Arsonists declaring “We will BURN you out!”

    “We will BURN you out”.  The section that can be found in the article is under the heading “Public Outrage and Death Threats”.

    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/with-their-cattle-grazing-in-washingtons-wolf-country-ranchers-work-and-worry/

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    Sep 1, 2011 PETER JENNINGS, ABC News: You may have heard of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). The attorney general himself says it’s a domestic terrorist organization. The FBI says it is one of the most dangerous groups in the country.

    A Story of the Earth Liberation Front: Lesson Plan: Examining … – PBS

    www.pbs.org › POV › If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

    A Story of the Earth Liberation Front: Lesson Plan: Examining the Role of Protest in a … Internet access and equipment to show the class online video.

    A Story of the Earth Liberation Front: Lesson Plan: Examining the Role of Protest in a Democracy

    The clips used in this lesson are from the film If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, which SHOWS HOW A GROUP OF ACTIVISTS USED ARSON AS A FORM OF PROTEST against companies they believed were threatening the environment.

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    The federal government provides about $450 million to the corporation, known as the CPB, each year. The CPB, in turn, distributes grants to local TV and radio stations and producers of news and entertainment programming.

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    The White House says the cuts are consistent with “the president’s approach to move the Nation toward fiscal responsibility” and “redefine the proper role of the federal government.”

    Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center, a conservative group that opposes the subsidies, tweeted Thursday morning, “There simply is no legitimate reason for government to fund left-wing media. #DefundNPR #DefundPBS”

    The budget also proposes severing all federal funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, which are resources for public media producers.

    Indeed, left-wing media should be funded by the free market, not by taxpayers.

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    Is PBS a public benefit corporation?

    Mission | About PBS | PBS About

    www.pbs.org/about/about-pbs/mission-statement/

    PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations — noncommercial, educational licensees that operate …

    ” Corporation for Public Broadcasting CEO Patricia Harrison emphasized that noncommercial stations offer educational shows for kids, historical documentaries, newscasts, and emergency alerts.

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    What is a public benefit corporation?

    Publicbenefit corporations are a specific type of corporation that allow for public benefit to be a charter purpose in addition to the traditional corporate goal of maximizing profit for shareholders. … These corporations often operate in heavily regulated industries, such as broadcasting and transportation.

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    JULY 30, 2017

    PBS Chief Details Stakes of Trump Budget Fight: “There Isn’t a Plan B”

    11:04 AM PDT 7/30/2017 by Michael O’Connel

    What is a certified B Company?

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    JULY 30, 2017  MORE PBS LIBERAL NEWS HOUR  BS….

    Can some corporations become forces for good? | PBS NewsHour

    www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/can-corporations-become-forces-good/

    19 hours ago JULY 30, 2017 This spring, food and beverage company DanoneWave became the largest public benefit corporation in the U.S., with 6,000 employees and $6 …

    What is a certified B Company?
    B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
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    What is a nonprofit public benefit corporation?
    PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations — noncommercial, educational licensees that operate …
    A publicbenefit nonprofit corporation is a type of nonprofit corporation chartered by a state government, and organized primarily or exclusively for social, educational, recreational or charitable purposes by like-minded citizens.
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    PBS EDUCATIONAL LESSONS FOR LIKE MINDED ENVIRONMENTAL ECO-TERRORIST PROTESTORS  AND HOW THINGS LIKE ARSON WORK FOR PROTESTING IN A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT?
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    The bottom line..
    Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center, a conservative group that opposes the subsidies, tweeted Thursday morning,“There simply is no legitimate reason for government to fund left-wing media. #DefundNPR #DefundPBS”
    The White House says the cuts are consistent with “the president’s approach to move the Nation toward fiscal responsibility” and “redefine the proper role of the federal government.”
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     Read all about it from the left-wing media!

    PBS and NPR are ready to fight budget cuts — again – Mar. 16, 2017

    money.cnn.com/2017/03/16/media/public-media-pbs-npr-budget-cuts/index.html

    Mar 16, 2017 – group that opposes the subsidies, tweeted Thursday morning, “There simply is no legitimate reason for government to fund left-wing media.


  • Catastrophic Wildfires Matter

    Catastrophic Wildfires Matter
    page 2 “Things That Matter”
    TRUTH-POLITICS AND CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES
    American Citizens need to stand-up to the current stupidity and form a united front against the idiots who think they know what’s best for everyone else, our natural resources, our schools and our local counties.
    BURNING UP THE WEST: FEDS, GREENS CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FIRES
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
    September 8, 2014 over a year ago….
    AS Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM WROTE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION,
    NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL!
    OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
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    HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS
    FEBRUARY 26, 2013, THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION HELD A HEARING PRESIDED OVER BY NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DOC HASTINGS (R-WASH.) that turns out to have been very relevant to the current burning issue of our national forest management. The subcommittee heard from a number of witnesses who testified concerning the superiority of state-managed forest lands versus the federally managed forests.
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 REP. HASTINGS noted that the much smaller forests managed by Washington State “generate an average of $168 million annually, support construction of public elementary, middle school and high schools statewide, facilities at the state’s universities, and other state facilities and institutions.
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 In comparison, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING OVER 9 MILLION ACRES OF FOREST LAND contained within seven different national forests in the State of Washington, yet harvests just 2 percent of the new growth, yielding a four-year average of only $589,000 in revenue.”
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 CHAIRMAN HASTINGS noted further:
    Rather than offering all-too-familiar rhetoric of how complying with one federal law or another “costs too much,” IT’S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ADJUST HOW IT DOES BUSINESS, and honor its own STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES TO MANAGE THE FORESTS, INCLUDING ALLOWING SUFFICIENT TIMBER HARVESTS, THAT BENEFIT FORESTED COUNTIES AND THEIR SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS IMPROVE DECLINING FOREST HEALTH
    AND, REDUCE THE THREAT AND SOARING COSTS OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE.
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    AUG 24, 2013 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS ON CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    BURNING UP THE WEST: FEDS, GREENS CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FIRES …
    Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires
    www.thenewamerican.com/…/environment/…/16396-burning-up-the-we…
    AUG 24, 2013 – Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires … radical environmentalists that have thwarted all reasonable attempts at proper forest …. HASTINGS pointed out that the federal Northwest Forest Plan for California, …
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    Sept. 8, 2014 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS ON CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN …
    www.survivalbased.com › Blog › Homesteading
    Sep 8, 2014 – The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered .
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    TRUTH AND POLITICS SEPT 29, 2015
    DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES HAVE KILLED 9 PEOPLE
    UPDATED: MONDAY, 28, SEPTEMBER 2015 WASHINGTON – OREGON – CALIFORNIA
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    Northwest Large Fire Information Summary – NWCC :: Home
    gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/…/fire_info.aspx
    National Interagency Fire Center
    (102 KB); 2014 MEDIA WILDFIRE COVERAGE GUIDELINES FOR OREGON AND WASHINGTON • Adobe Acrobat … UPDATED: MONDAY, 28TH SEPTEMBER 2015 at 07:19:57 AM …
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    TRUTH AND POLITICS CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    California wildfires burn hundreds of homes – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/us/california-wildfires/
    Sep 14, 2015 – Northern California’s Valley Fire — one of several in the state — has killed 1 and … California wildfires rage, threatening lives and homes. By Greg Botelho and Dan Simon, CNN. Updated 1:51 AM ET, Tue September 15, 2015 ….. Already, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and some 9,000 more are …
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    2015 TRUTH AND POLITICS – CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    Northwest wildfires break records for cost, size this summer
    www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2015/06/…wildfire…/71264920/
    Sep 21, 2015 – Here’s a look at the latest Pacific Northwest wildfire information, updated daily. … Chelan Fires; First Creek Fire, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, WA, 2015 Kari Greer/USFS …. wildfires. It started in mid-August and had burned 110,422 acres by … This wildfire destroyed at least 26 homes and prompted extended …
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    The comment below on catastrophic wildfires fires was posted on September 8, 2014
    I AM POSTING THIS DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES – TRUTH AND POLITICS COMMENT , AGAIN ON SEPT 29, 2015,
    IN PART, BECAUSE…. NINE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN OUT OF CONTROL WILDFIRES IN 2015
    Three firefighters killed in Washington’s Twisp Fire – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/us/wildfires-western-states/
    Aug 20, 2015 – Three firefighters have died in a wildfire in north-central Washington, the state’s governor said on his website. Four firefighters were injured, …
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    Wildfires In Northern California Kill 6 People, Destroy Nearly …
    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/california-wildfire_55ff…
    Ten active wildfires in Northern California continue to threaten a thousand more homes. AP. Posted: 09/21/2015 06:42 AM EDT … Those fires killed five people, and on Sunday authorities announced that a body was found in the ashes of a …
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    Bottom line snippets
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    Posted on September 8, 2014
    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.
    WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.
    September 8, 2014
    AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION,
    NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL!
    OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
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    An unedited comment
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    Posted on September 8, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson

    As I write this I am vexed by the fact that nearly 100,000 thousand acres of pristine forests are burning and nearly one-million acres of forest (public forests) have burned to the ground in and around the Pacific Northwest so far this year alone. The vast majority of these forests are publically owned and managed by Federal agencies under the overview of the EPA (http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/07/northwest_wildfires_more_than.html).
    As a result of the flames, heat and smoke, thousands of forest animals have died and many others are suffering with severe injuries and their habitat is now long-gone. Wildfires are indiscriminate killers of endangered species, as well as numerous other species of birds and many other forest animals. It’s impossible to put an economic value on a forest full of life; but having said that; and simply from a renewable resource point of view, just the trees that have been lost had an economic (timber) value in excess of a billion dollars!
    The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered species, but by way of their own actions, policies and regulations, more habitat and species have been lost over the past decades under their management policies than were lost ever before, and are being lost, every year, year after year at an alarming rate!
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
    So the question is why are we losing so much forest? And the answer is very simple… the forests are being mismanaged through the continued bungling-intervention of the EPA, the ‘environmentalists’ and the ‘green’ movement into the arena of forestry.
    I know something about the subject of forests and forest management since I grew-up living, working, hunting and fishing in the area of the forests that are being consumed by these incredibly massive fires, which have become a recurring annual theme over the past two and a half decades since the intervention of the ‘environmentalist’ into the area for forest management practices. But who are these ‘environmentalists’ anyway.
    Generally speaking (and there are exceptions), the ‘environmentalists’ who have taken an interest in controlling how our public forests are used don’t live in the forests, and they view the human race (you, me our families and friends) as less valuable and relevant than a frog, fish, or a tree. They are people who seem to lack an understanding of the principals of renewable manageable resources, and who have become activists against those who would use the public forests responsibly, having had relatively little (if any) time and relevant experience living in or working in our forests themselves. Many of them are aligned with the concepts and principals of the ‘progressive’ socialist movement. If you debate them, many of these same people will quickly remind you of their ‘degrees’, etc… In other words, they are telling you that they ‘know it all’, and certainly more than you. However, anyone who has successfully managed a forest knows (as is seen in privately owned and managed forests) that reading some books in college and going on a few field trips just doesn’t cut it; a piece of paper hanging on the wall is no substitute for actual experience that is gained over many generations of successful forest management. No more so than someone trying to be a farmer with the same token experience… it just doesn’t work.
    And coincidentally, many of the books that some universities are using in their forestry programs are authored by some of the same ‘green’ environmentalist forest managers who have had a hand in developing the current failed forest management polices as applied over the past two decades; just look what’s happening! Books and lectures simply cannot teach common sense or instill the on-the-ground experience that loggers and foresters develop over the span of their lives, and through generation after generation of families working in the woods. There’s just no debating when it comes to the contrast between the current recurring disaster management model, and the past successes in forest management with sustainable and renewable timber harvests, combined with abundant wildlife habitat; without the mammoth annual fires we are experiencing today.
    Here (the link just below) is an important (precedent example) of how proper forest management, which includes selective logging and other proper management practices, saved a forest and stopped a major wildfire: http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2011/12/experts-decades-of-logging-treatments-helped-stop-wallow-fire-at-reservation/
    In the early 1970’s I worked in the woods logging and then later worked as a millwright for Southern Oregon Plywood. My brothers were also loggers as were many of my friends and countless others who lived in Southern Oregon. Like farmers who tended to their fields and cared for them year after year, and who depended upon those fields and the resulting crop production, loggers cared for the forests; they had to; forests were the lifeline for their family’s financial security.
    Loggers and their families also spent a lot of time in the woods even when they weren’t working; they hunted and fished in the forests for generations. And through that continual close contact with the forest and the wildlife, loggers gained more knowledge about the forests and the animals that lived there than many of the scientists, giving them a unique understanding of the intricate and complex interactions of the biodiversity that exists in the forests.
    As just one example of the many successful practices of loggers; dead and dying trees and underbrush (fuel for fires) were removed and eliminated during selective harvesting of the forests, and in the process of harvests, small access roads were made, which served as fire breaks and access for firefighters in the event of a fire. During that time and preceding decades, back when loggers were allowed to log public forests, fires that burned hundreds of thousands and millions of acres of timber were very rare, almost non-existent. And that was because the forests were healthy and the density of the forest and the underbrush were kept to a minimum as a result of proper management and continued annual harvests. Forests were managed as a sustainable and renewable resource, which in turn benefited the wildlife with sustainable reliable habitat and in the process, also provided recreational opportunities for the people. That former relationship between loggers and the forest was truly symbiotic.
    I can still recall the spotted owl debacle, where loggers, who for all intents and purposes were the caretakers of the forests were completely closed-out of the public forests in wholesale fashion as a result of the ‘green’ movement and environmentalists! All logging came to a complete halt as well as the associated management practices. This resulted in the shutdown of numerous West Coast lumber mills and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in and related to the timber industry which was thereafter decimated.
    During the lobby by the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, they argued that the rate of logging prior to the 1990’s would eliminate the old growth forests… here is a quote:
    “Environmentalists admit that saving the owls’ habitat could cost jobs. But, they argue, these jobs will vanish no matter what. For if cutting continues at its current rate of 125,000 acres a year, the old-growth forests will be gone within thirty years and the mills forced to close anyhow.” (taken from this article: http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v4n1/ ).
    However, as we have all witnessed, since the transition to the ‘green movement’s’ ban on logging in public forests, we are in fact actually losing many hundreds of thousands of acres of forest annually! It’s a travesty of monumental proportions… when people like these try to play God, the results are usually tragic and harm both humanity and the wildlife.
    Through the use of politics combined with bad science the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists led the way to the implementation of seriously flawed policies (regulations) and practices. The EPA and the BLM along with Federal forestry agencies and their environmentalist support base had in the early 1990’s effected a major management policy change in order to supposedly save forest habitat for a species of owl (spotted owl) that was ‘allegedly’ endangered (http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930114&slug=1679945)
    Result: In the early 1990’s Federal forests became off-limits to loggers.
    Of course under the ‘new management’ practices of the environmentalist-led EPA, BLM and Federal Forestry Departments, the forests became (and are) very seriously overgrown leading to unhealthy stands of trees (with dead and dying trees) that were vulnerable to disease, insects and of course fire, as did the underbrush.
    Forests became so dense that if a fire started (regardless of reason)… the fire would burn extremely hot and spread very fast; it’s so simple a child can understand the concept… more fuel, more forest fire.
    And at the end of the day, many years later after Feds and the ‘green’ environmentalists kicked the loggers out of the forests and took-over, placing ‘their’ policies, regulations and management practices into place, the spotted owl population has continued to drop! This is irrefutable evidence that their interventions, policies and regulations have utterly failed to affect the owls, and in that failure, the public interest has lost even more animals and habitat to fire! Through their own actions, we now have even more animals heading towards potential extinction! What a contradiction to the claims of these people!
    Under the ‘green environmental’ forest management polices/practices (‘hands off, no logging’), forests have become so dense that when lightning starts a fire, instead of just burning-off a relatively small area before the fire is brought under control, as it was in the days of managed logging, fires today now burn entire tracks of forests amounting to hundreds of thousands of acres annually, all of which is burned to the bare ground!
    LET’S KEEP IN THE MIND THAT THIS IS NOW THE NEW ‘NORM’, and since it takes many decades for the trees to be re-established, the net result is that we are losing more and more forest annually, instead of gaining more forest area and wildlife habitat; just the opposite of what the environmentalists and the EPA preach to the public. So what’s the point?
    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out…. Just look at the annual total acres that are burned to the ground… It’s truly shocking that this is even allowed to continue as it has, year after year.
    So much for the ‘habitat’ of the spotted owl! And of course the habitats for dozens of other species were (are) lost as well. As of this writing, I am down in the area of the fires interviewing local people, and hundreds of thousands of acres of ‘critical habitat’ (old growth and other trees) has been converted to the ash that is falling from the sky; it’s like a nuclear winter without the radiation. Ash from the burned forests is covering entire cities!
    It’s a fact that under the continued management of the public’s forest lands by the same idiotic policies, we now have annual forest fires that devastate huge areas of forest, and in the process destroy all of the trees, as opposed to having some of the trees harvested resulting in a healthy forest as had existed in the past; forests which then were also more fire-resistant. Some may try to argue that the fires are a result of the drought. Of course that’s a ruse to deflect blame from the implementation of a seriously flawed management policy. In the prior era of managed forest harvests, we also had periods of severe drought, without the results we are seeing today. Added to which, forests which are selectively logged and managed are far more fire resistant, drought or not, and that fact is undeniable.
    So which method makes more sense? Sustainable logging as it was successfully practiced for nearly a century; or…. The current ‘green environmentalist’ methods where no logging is allowed in public forests resulting in hundreds of thousands of acres of forests regularly burning to the ground leaving nothing but ash and bare ground that is devoid of plant life and subject to severe erosion?
    The erosion of the scorched earth in-turn leads to excessive silt run-off into the streams and rivers, which covers the critical gravel beds in the streams and rivers that are required for the fish eggs of spawning fish such as Salmon. Of course the recent decline in Salmon and Steelhead runs are certainly associated to this situation. Additionally, the loss of forests results in the loss of critical shade trees in and around watersheds, which results in the warming of stream and river water temperatures; this also adversely affects the fish populations.
    The late Summer and Fall storms of the Pacific Northwest which spawn the lightning that ignite the forests also provide the downpours that wash the silt into the streams and rivers that resulted from the aftermath of the massive forest fires. And this silting of the waterways comes at the worst possible time… just as the Salmon are moving upriver to spawn in the gravel beds of the rivers and streams. However, with the overburden of silt that has washed-down off the now barren mountain sides, the gravel beds are covered in silt and are no longer viable for the spawning Salmon. This is not an optimal situation for the spawning Salmon; in fact, it can cause entire runs of Salmon to fail in their efforts to reproduce! As a fisherman myself, this situation is beyond frustrating.
    As anyone can easily see, the relative newcomer green environmentalist-scientists have it all wrong, and every year since the implementation of their fatally flawed concepts and polices we watch as more and more forests are consumed by massive fires such as those that are burning as I write this.
    If these forests were properly managed and logged as they were just 30 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, we would have trees still standing and abundant animal habitat in areas that are now burned to the dirt, and we would have renewable forest harvests as in the past providing full-time jobs for thousands of people. And as it was in the past, healthy standing forests shading the watersheds and minimized erosion, providing optimal water temperatures and low water turbidity in the streams and rivers resulting in abundant runs of fish, something that local Indian tribes greatly desire.
    Instead, thanks to the intervention of the EPA, the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, we have less and less forest, which leads to less and less water, and less fish,
    WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.
    And in the end, with the forests burned to the ground, if a few spotted owls survive the blaze, the spotted owl has no trees and no habitat. So what was the point?
    It just doesn’t get any dumber than this. We have the blind leading the blind.
    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.
    Some readers might be thinking; why should I care? Or, how does this affect me since I live across the U.S. from these wildfires. We all need to care and take action because this kind of mismanagement can happen anywhere environmentalists stick their noses into areas where they have less than adequate experience.
    AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION, NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL! OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
    Are we going to wait until these clowns let it all burn?
    Cheers! Bill
    Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM
    http://www.WilliameSimpson.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NauticalPrepper
    This entry was posted in A History of WA State Wildfires, A Question of “WHAT ELSE?”, Accountable Government, FACTS are troublesome things, Kicking the Can Down the Road, Nature made Crisis Man Made Disaster, Wildfires Truth and Politics.

    CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES – TRUTH AND POLITICS
    American Citizens need to stand-up to the current stupidity and form a united front against the idiots who think they know what’s best for everyone else, our natural resources, our schools and our local counties.
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
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    HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS
    FEBRUARY 26, 2013, THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION HELD A HEARING PRESIDED OVER BY NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DOC HASTINGS (R-WASH.) that turns out to have been very relevant to the current burning issue of our national forest management. The subcommittee heard from a number of witnesses who testified concerning the superiority of state-managed forest lands versus the federally managed forests.
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 REP. HASTINGS noted that the much smaller forests managed by Washington State “generate an average of $168 million annually, support construction of public elementary, middle school and high schools statewide, facilities at the state’s universities, and other state facilities and institutions.
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 In comparison, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING OVER 9 MILLION ACRES OF FOREST LAND contained within seven different national forests in the State of Washington, yet harvests just 2 percent of the new growth, yielding a four-year average of only $589,000 in revenue.”
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 CHAIRMAN HASTINGS noted further:
    Rather than offering all-too-familiar rhetoric of how complying with one federal law or another “costs too much,” IT’S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ADJUST HOW IT DOES BUSINESS, and honor its own STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES TO MANAGE THE FORESTS, INCLUDING ALLOWING SUFFICIENT TIMBER HARVESTS, THAT BENEFIT FORESTED COUNTIES AND THEIR SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS IMPROVE DECLINING FOREST HEALTH
    AND, REDUCE THE THREAT AND SOARING COSTS OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE.
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    AUG 24, 2013 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS- CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    BURNING UP THE WEST: FEDS, GREENS CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FIRES …
    Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires
    www.thenewamerican.com/…/environment/…/16396-burning-up-the-we…
    AUG 24, 2013 – Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires … radical environmentalists that have thwarted all reasonable attempts at proper forest …. HASTINGS pointed out that the federal Northwest Forest Plan for California, …
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    Sep 8, 2014 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN …
    www.survivalbased.com › Blog › Homesteading
    Sep 8, 2014 – The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered .
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    DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES HAVE KILLED 9 PEOPLE
    TRUTH AND POLITICS SEPT 28 2015
    UPDATED: MONDAY, 28,SEPTEMBER 2015 WASHINGTON – OREGON – CALIFORNIA
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    Northwest Large Fire Information Summary – NWCC :: Home
    gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/…/fire_info.aspx
    National Interagency Fire Center
    (102 KB); 2014 MEDIA WILDFIRE COVERAGE GUIDELINES FOR OREGON AND WASHINGTON • Adobe Acrobat … UPDATED: MONDAY, 28TH SEPTEMBER 2015 at 07:19:57 AM …
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    TRUTH AND POLITICS CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    California wildfires burn hundreds of homes – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/us/california-wildfires/
    Sep 14, 2015 – Northern California’s Valley Fire — one of several in the state — has killed 1 and … California wildfires rage, threatening lives and homes. By Greg Botelho and Dan Simon, CNN. Updated 1:51 AM ET, Tue September 15, 2015 ….. Already, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and some 9,000 more are …
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    2015 TRUTH AND POLITICS – CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    Northwest wildfires break records for cost, size this summer
    www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2015/06/…wildfire…/71264920/
    Sep 21, 2015 – Here’s a look at the latest Pacific Northwest wildfire information, updated daily. … Chelan Fires; First Creek Fire, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, WA, 2015 Kari Greer/USFS …. wildfires. It started in mid-August and had burned 110,422 acres by … This wildfire destroyed at least 26 homes and prompted extended …
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    The comment below on catastrophic wildfires fires was posted on September 8, 2014
    I AM POSTING THIS DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES – TRUTH AND POLITICS COMMENT , AGAIN ON SEPT 28, 2015,
    BECAUSE…. NINE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN OUT OF CONTROL WILDFIRES IN 2015
    Three firefighters killed in Washington’s Twisp Fire – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/us/wildfires-western-states/
    Aug 20, 2015 – Three firefighters have died in a wildfire in north-central Washington, the state’s governor said on his website. Four firefighters were injured, …
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    Wildfires In Northern California Kill 6 People, Destroy Nearly …
    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/california-wildfire_55ff…
    Ten active wildfires in Northern California continue to threaten a thousand more homes. AP. Posted: 09/21/2015 06:42 AM EDT … Those fires killed five people, and on Sunday authorities announced that a body was found in the ashes of a …
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    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.
    WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.
    AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION, NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL! OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
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    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST (full text)
    Posted on September 8, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
    As I write this I am vexed by the fact that nearly 100,000 thousand acres of pristine forests are burning and nearly one-million acres of forest (public forests) have burned to the ground in and around the Pacific Northwest so far this year alone. The vast majority of these forests are publically owned and managed by Federal agencies under the overview of the EPA (http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/07/northwest_wildfires_more_than.html).
    As a result of the flames, heat and smoke, thousands of forest animals have died and many others are suffering with severe injuries and their habitat is now long-gone. Wildfires are indiscriminate killers of endangered species, as well as numerous other species of birds and many other forest animals. It’s impossible to put an economic value on a forest full of life; but having said that; and simply from a renewable resource point of view, just the trees that have been lost had an economic (timber) value in excess of a billion dollars!
    The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered species, but by way of their own actions, policies and regulations, more habitat and species have been lost over the past decades under their management policies than were lost ever before, and are being lost, every year, year after year at an alarming rate!
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
    So the question is why are we losing so much forest? And the answer is very simple… the forests are being mismanaged through the continued bungling-intervention of the EPA, the ‘environmentalists’ and the ‘green’ movement into the arena of forestry.
    I know something about the subject of forests and forest management since I grew-up living, working, hunting and fishing in the area of the forests that are being consumed by these incredibly massive fires, which have become a recurring annual theme over the past two and a half decades since the intervention of the ‘environmentalist’ into the area for forest management practices. But who are these ‘environmentalists’ anyway.
    Generally speaking (and there are exceptions), the ‘environmentalists’ who have taken an interest in controlling how our public forests are used don’t live in the forests, and they view the human race (you, me our families and friends) as less valuable and relevant than a frog, fish, or a tree. They are people who seem to lack an understanding of the principals of renewable manageable resources, and who have become activists against those who would use the public forests responsibly, having had relatively little (if any) time and relevant experience living in or working in our forests themselves. Many of them are aligned with the concepts and principals of the ‘progressive’ socialist movement. If you debate them, many of these same people will quickly remind you of their ‘degrees’, etc… In other words, they are telling you that they ‘know it all’, and certainly more than you. However, anyone who has successfully managed a forest knows (as is seen in privately owned and managed forests) that reading some books in college and going on a few field trips just doesn’t cut it; a piece of paper hanging on the wall is no substitute for actual experience that is gained over many generations of successful forest management. No more so than someone trying to be a farmer with the same token experience… it just doesn’t work.
    And coincidentally, many of the books that some universities are using in their forestry programs are authored by some of the same ‘green’ environmentalist forest managers who have had a hand in developing the current failed forest management polices as applied over the past two decades; just look what’s happening! Books and lectures simply cannot teach common sense or instill the on-the-ground experience that loggers and foresters develop over the span of their lives, and through generation after generation of families working in the woods. There’s just no debating when it comes to the contrast between the current recurring disaster management model, and the past successes in forest management with sustainable and renewable timber harvests, combined with abundant wildlife habitat; without the mammoth annual fires we are experiencing today.
    Here (the link just below) is an important (precedent example) of how proper forest management, which includes selective logging and other proper management practices, saved a forest and stopped a major wildfire: http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2011/12/experts-decades-of-logging-treatments-helped-stop-wallow-fire-at-reservation/
    In the early 1970’s I worked in the woods logging and then later worked as a millwright for Southern Oregon Plywood. My brothers were also loggers as were many of my friends and countless others who lived in Southern Oregon. Like farmers who tended to their fields and cared for them year after year, and who depended upon those fields and the resulting crop production, loggers cared for the forests; they had to; forests were the lifeline for their family’s financial security.
    Loggers and their families also spent a lot of time in the woods even when they weren’t working; they hunted and fished in the forests for generations. And through that continual close contact with the forest and the wildlife, loggers gained more knowledge about the forests and the animals that lived there than many of the scientists, giving them a unique understanding of the intricate and complex interactions of the biodiversity that exists in the forests.
    As just one example of the many successful practices of loggers; dead and dying trees and underbrush (fuel for fires) were removed and eliminated during selective harvesting of the forests, and in the process of harvests, small access roads were made, which served as fire breaks and access for firefighters in the event of a fire. During that time and preceding decades, back when loggers were allowed to log public forests, fires that burned hundreds of thousands and millions of acres of timber were very rare, almost non-existent. And that was because the forests were healthy and the density of the forest and the underbrush were kept to a minimum as a result of proper management and continued annual harvests. Forests were managed as a sustainable and renewable resource, which in turn benefited the wildlife with sustainable reliable habitat and in the process, also provided recreational opportunities for the people. That former relationship between loggers and the forest was truly symbiotic.
    I can still recall the spotted owl debacle, where loggers, who for all intents and purposes were the caretakers of the forests were completely closed-out of the public forests in wholesale fashion as a result of the ‘green’ movement and environmentalists! All logging came to a complete halt as well as the associated management practices. This resulted in the shutdown of numerous West Coast lumber mills and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in and related to the timber industry which was thereafter decimated.
    During the lobby by the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, they argued that the rate of logging prior to the 1990’s would eliminate the old growth forests… here is a quote:
    “Environmentalists admit that saving the owls’ habitat could cost jobs. But, they argue, these jobs will vanish no matter what. For if cutting continues at its current rate of 125,000 acres a year, the old-growth forests will be gone within thirty years and the mills forced to close anyhow.” (taken from this article: http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v4n1/ ).
    However, as we have all witnessed, since the transition to the ‘green movement’s’ ban on logging in public forests, we are in fact actually losing many hundreds of thousands of acres of forest annually! It’s a travesty of monumental proportions… when people like these try to play God, the results are usually tragic and harm both humanity and the wildlife.
    Through the use of politics combined with bad science the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists led the way to the implementation of seriously flawed policies (regulations) and practices. The EPA and the BLM along with Federal forestry agencies and their environmentalist support base had in the early 1990’s effected a major management policy change in order to supposedly save forest habitat for a species of owl (spotted owl) that was ‘allegedly’ endangered (http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930114&slug=1679945)
    Result: In the early 1990’s Federal forests became off-limits to loggers.
    Of course under the ‘new management’ practices of the environmentalist-led EPA, BLM and Federal Forestry Departments, the forests became (and are) very seriously overgrown leading to unhealthy stands of trees (with dead and dying trees) that were vulnerable to disease, insects and of course fire, as did the underbrush.
    Forests became so dense that if a fire started (regardless of reason)… the fire would burn extremely hot and spread very fast; it’s so simple a child can understand the concept… more fuel, more forest fire.
    And at the end of the day, many years later after Feds and the ‘green’ environmentalists kicked the loggers out of the forests and took-over, placing ‘their’ policies, regulations and management practices into place, the spotted owl population has continued to drop! This is irrefutable evidence that their interventions, policies and regulations have utterly failed to affect the owls, and in that failure, the public interest has lost even more animals and habitat to fire! Through their own actions, we now have even more animals heading towards potential extinction! What a contradiction to the claims of these people!
    Under the ‘green environmental’ forest management polices/practices (‘hands off, no logging’), forests have become so dense that when lightning starts a fire, instead of just burning-off a relatively small area before the fire is brought under control, as it was in the days of managed logging, fires today now burn entire tracks of forests amounting to hundreds of thousands of acres annually, all of which is burned to the bare ground!
    LET’S KEEP IN THE MIND THAT THIS IS NOW THE NEW ‘NORM’, and since it takes many decades for the trees to be re-established, the net result is that we are losing more and more forest annually, instead of gaining more forest area and wildlife habitat; just the opposite of what the environmentalists and the EPA preach to the public. So what’s the point?
    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out…. Just look at the annual total acres that are burned to the ground… It’s truly shocking that this is even allowed to continue as it has, year after year.
    So much for the ‘habitat’ of the spotted owl! And of course the habitats for dozens of other species were (are) lost as well. As of this writing, I am down in the area of the fires interviewing local people, and hundreds of thousands of acres of ‘critical habitat’ (old growth and other trees) has been converted to the ash that is falling from the sky; it’s like a nuclear winter without the radiation. Ash from the burned forests is covering entire cities!
    It’s a fact that under the continued management of the public’s forest lands by the same idiotic policies, we now have annual forest fires that devastate huge areas of forest, and in the process destroy all of the trees, as opposed to having some of the trees harvested resulting in a healthy forest as had existed in the past; forests which then were also more fire-resistant. Some may try to argue that the fires are a result of the drought. Of course that’s a ruse to deflect blame from the implementation of a seriously flawed management policy. In the prior era of managed forest harvests, we also had periods of severe drought, without the results we are seeing today. Added to which, forests which are selectively logged and managed are far more fire resistant, drought or not, and that fact is undeniable.
    So which method makes more sense? Sustainable logging as it was successfully practiced for nearly a century; or…. The current ‘green environmentalist’ methods where no logging is allowed in public forests resulting in hundreds of thousands of acres of forests regularly burning to the ground leaving nothing but ash and bare ground that is devoid of plant life and subject to severe erosion?
    The erosion of the scorched earth in-turn leads to excessive silt run-off into the streams and rivers, which covers the critical gravel beds in the streams and rivers that are required for the fish eggs of spawning fish such as Salmon. Of course the recent decline in Salmon and Steelhead runs are certainly associated to this situation. Additionally, the loss of forests results in the loss of critical shade trees in and around watersheds, which results in the warming of stream and river water temperatures; this also adversely affects the fish populations.
    The late Summer and Fall storms of the Pacific Northwest which spawn the lightning that ignite the forests also provide the downpours that wash the silt into the streams and rivers that resulted from the aftermath of the massive forest fires. And this silting of the waterways comes at the worst possible time… just as the Salmon are moving upriver to spawn in the gravel beds of the rivers and streams. However, with the overburden of silt that has washed-down off the now barren mountain sides, the gravel beds are covered in silt and are no longer viable for the spawning Salmon. This is not an optimal situation for the spawning Salmon; in fact, it can cause entire runs of Salmon to fail in their efforts to reproduce! As a fisherman myself, this situation is beyond frustrating.
    As anyone can easily see, the relative newcomer green environmentalist-scientists have it all wrong, and every year since the implementation of their fatally flawed concepts and polices we watch as more and more forests are consumed by massive fires such as those that are burning as I write this.
    If these forests were properly managed and logged as they were just 30 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, we would have trees still standing and abundant animal habitat in areas that are now burned to the dirt, and we would have renewable forest harvests as in the past providing full-time jobs for thousands of people. And as it was in the past, healthy standing forests shading the watersheds and minimized erosion, providing optimal water temperatures and low water turbidity in the streams and rivers resulting in abundant runs of fish, something that local Indian tribes greatly desire.
    Instead, thanks to the intervention of the EPA, the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, we have less and less forest, which leads to less and less water, and less fish, WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.
    And in the end, with the forests burned to the ground, if a few spotted owls survive the blaze, the spotted owl has no trees and no habitat. So what was the point?
    It just doesn’t get any dumber than this. We have the blind leading the blind.
    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.
    Some readers might be thinking; why should I care? Or, how does this affect me since I live across the U.S. from these wildfires. We all need to care and take action because this kind of mismanagement can happen anywhere environmentalists stick their noses into areas where they have less than adequate experience. AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION, NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL! OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
    Are we going to wait until these clowns let it all burn?
    Cheers! Bill
    Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM
    http://www.WilliameSimpson.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NauticalPrepper


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    page 2 “Things That Matter”
    TRUTH-POLITICS AND CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES

    American Citizens need to stand-up to the current stupidity and form a united front against the idiots who think they know what’s best for everyone else, our natural resources, our schools and our local counties.

    BURNING UP THE WEST: FEDS, GREENS CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FIRES

    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…

    September 8, 2014 over a year ago….
    AS Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM WROTE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION,

    NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL!

    OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!

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    HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS

    FEBRUARY 26, 2013, THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION HELD A HEARING PRESIDED OVER BY NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DOC HASTINGS (R-WASH.) that turns out to have been very relevant to the current burning issue of our national forest management. The subcommittee heard from a number of witnesses who testified concerning the superiority of state-managed forest lands versus the federally managed forests.

    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 REP. HASTINGS noted that the much smaller forests managed by Washington State “generate an average of $168 million annually, support construction of public elementary, middle school and high schools statewide, facilities at the state’s universities, and other state facilities and institutions.
    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 In comparison, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING OVER 9 MILLION ACRES OF FOREST LAND contained within seven different national forests in the State of Washington, yet harvests just 2 percent of the new growth, yielding a four-year average of only $589,000 in revenue.”

    TRUTH ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013 CHAIRMAN HASTINGS noted further:
    Rather than offering all-too-familiar rhetoric of how complying with one federal law or another “costs too much,” IT’S TIME FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ADJUST HOW IT DOES BUSINESS, and honor its own STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITIES TO MANAGE THE FORESTS, INCLUDING ALLOWING SUFFICIENT TIMBER HARVESTS, THAT BENEFIT FORESTED COUNTIES AND THEIR SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS IMPROVE DECLINING FOREST HEALTH

    AND, REDUCE THE THREAT AND SOARING COSTS OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE.
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    AUG 24, 2013 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS ON CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES

    BURNING UP THE WEST: FEDS, GREENS CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FIRES …
    Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires
    www.thenewamerican.com/…/environment/…/16396-burning-up-the-we…
    AUG 24, 2013 – Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires … radical environmentalists that have thwarted all reasonable attempts at proper forest …. HASTINGS pointed out that the federal Northwest Forest Plan for California, …
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    Sept. 8, 2014 HISTORY TRUTH AND POLITICS ON CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES

    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN …
    www.survivalbased.com › Blog › Homesteading
    Sep 8, 2014 – The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered .
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    TRUTH AND POLITICS SEPT 29, 2015
    DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES HAVE KILLED 9 PEOPLE

    UPDATED: MONDAY, 28, SEPTEMBER 2015 WASHINGTON – OREGON – CALIFORNIA
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    Northwest Large Fire Information Summary – NWCC :: Home
    gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/…/fire_info.aspx
    National Interagency Fire Center
    (102 KB); 2014 MEDIA WILDFIRE COVERAGE GUIDELINES FOR OREGON AND WASHINGTON • Adobe Acrobat … UPDATED: MONDAY, 28TH SEPTEMBER 2015 at 07:19:57 AM …
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    TRUTH AND POLITICS CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    California wildfires burn hundreds of homes – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/us/california-wildfires/
    Sep 14, 2015 – Northern California’s Valley Fire — one of several in the state — has killed 1 and … California wildfires rage, threatening lives and homes. By Greg Botelho and Dan Simon, CNN. Updated 1:51 AM ET, Tue September 15, 2015 ….. Already, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and some 9,000 more are …
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    2015 TRUTH AND POLITICS – CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES
    Northwest wildfires break records for cost, size this summer
    www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2015/06/…wildfire…/71264920/
    Sep 21, 2015 – Here’s a look at the latest Pacific Northwest wildfire information, updated daily. … Chelan Fires; First Creek Fire, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, WA, 2015 Kari Greer/USFS …. wildfires. It started in mid-August and had burned 110,422 acres by … This wildfire destroyed at least 26 homes and prompted extended …
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    The comment below on catastrophic wildfires fires was posted on September 8, 2014

    I AM POSTING THIS DEADLY CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES FIRES – TRUTH AND POLITICS COMMENT , AGAIN ON SEPT 29, 2015,

    IN PART, BECAUSE…. NINE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN OUT OF CONTROL WILDFIRES IN 2015

    Three firefighters killed in Washington’s Twisp Fire – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/us/wildfires-western-states/
    Aug 20, 2015 – Three firefighters have died in a wildfire in north-central Washington, the state’s governor said on his website. Four firefighters were injured, …
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    Wildfires In Northern California Kill 6 People, Destroy Nearly …
    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/california-wildfire_55ff…
    Ten active wildfires in Northern California continue to threaten a thousand more homes. AP. Posted: 09/21/2015 06:42 AM EDT … Those fires killed five people, and on Sunday authorities announced that a body was found in the ashes of a …
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    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST

    Posted on September 8, 2014

    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.

    WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.

    September 8, 2014
    AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION,

    NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL!

    OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
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    An unedited comment

    NORTHWEST WILDFIRES AND THE ‘GREEN’ ENVIRONMENTALIST
    Posted on September 8, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
    As I write this I am vexed by the fact that nearly 100,000 thousand acres of pristine forests are burning and nearly one-million acres of forest (public forests) have burned to the ground in and around the Pacific Northwest so far this year alone. The vast majority of these forests are publically owned and managed by Federal agencies under the overview of the EPA (http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/07/northwest_wildfires_more_than.html).
    As a result of the flames, heat and smoke, thousands of forest animals have died and many others are suffering with severe injuries and their habitat is now long-gone. Wildfires are indiscriminate killers of endangered species, as well as numerous other species of birds and many other forest animals. It’s impossible to put an economic value on a forest full of life; but having said that; and simply from a renewable resource point of view, just the trees that have been lost had an economic (timber) value in excess of a billion dollars!
    The EPA, BLM, U.S. Forestry and their environmentalist (‘Green’) support base claim that they want to preserve habitat and save endangered species, but by way of their own actions, policies and regulations, more habitat and species have been lost over the past decades under their management policies than were lost ever before, and are being lost, every year, year after year at an alarming rate!
    Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…
    So the question is why are we losing so much forest? And the answer is very simple… the forests are being mismanaged through the continued bungling-intervention of the EPA, the ‘environmentalists’ and the ‘green’ movement into the arena of forestry.
    I know something about the subject of forests and forest management since I grew-up living, working, hunting and fishing in the area of the forests that are being consumed by these incredibly massive fires, which have become a recurring annual theme over the past two and a half decades since the intervention of the ‘environmentalist’ into the area for forest management practices. But who are these ‘environmentalists’ anyway.
    Generally speaking (and there are exceptions), the ‘environmentalists’ who have taken an interest in controlling how our public forests are used don’t live in the forests, and they view the human race (you, me our families and friends) as less valuable and relevant than a frog, fish, or a tree. They are people who seem to lack an understanding of the principals of renewable manageable resources, and who have become activists against those who would use the public forests responsibly, having had relatively little (if any) time and relevant experience living in or working in our forests themselves. Many of them are aligned with the concepts and principals of the ‘progressive’ socialist movement. If you debate them, many of these same people will quickly remind you of their ‘degrees’, etc… In other words, they are telling you that they ‘know it all’, and certainly more than you. However, anyone who has successfully managed a forest knows (as is seen in privately owned and managed forests) that reading some books in college and going on a few field trips just doesn’t cut it; a piece of paper hanging on the wall is no substitute for actual experience that is gained over many generations of successful forest management. No more so than someone trying to be a farmer with the same token experience… it just doesn’t work.
    And coincidentally, many of the books that some universities are using in their forestry programs are authored by some of the same ‘green’ environmentalist forest managers who have had a hand in developing the current failed forest management polices as applied over the past two decades; just look what’s happening! Books and lectures simply cannot teach common sense or instill the on-the-ground experience that loggers and foresters develop over the span of their lives, and through generation after generation of families working in the woods. There’s just no debating when it comes to the contrast between the current recurring disaster management model, and the past successes in forest management with sustainable and renewable timber harvests, combined with abundant wildlife habitat; without the mammoth annual fires we are experiencing today.
    Here (the link just below) is an important (precedent example) of how proper forest management, which includes selective logging and other proper management practices, saved a forest and stopped a major wildfire: http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2011/12/experts-decades-of-logging-treatments-helped-stop-wallow-fire-at-reservation/
    In the early 1970’s I worked in the woods logging and then later worked as a millwright for Southern Oregon Plywood. My brothers were also loggers as were many of my friends and countless others who lived in Southern Oregon. Like farmers who tended to their fields and cared for them year after year, and who depended upon those fields and the resulting crop production, loggers cared for the forests; they had to; forests were the lifeline for their family’s financial security.
    Loggers and their families also spent a lot of time in the woods even when they weren’t working; they hunted and fished in the forests for generations. And through that continual close contact with the forest and the wildlife, loggers gained more knowledge about the forests and the animals that lived there than many of the scientists, giving them a unique understanding of the intricate and complex interactions of the biodiversity that exists in the forests.
    As just one example of the many successful practices of loggers; dead and dying trees and underbrush (fuel for fires) were removed and eliminated during selective harvesting of the forests, and in the process of harvests, small access roads were made, which served as fire breaks and access for firefighters in the event of a fire. During that time and preceding decades, back when loggers were allowed to log public forests, fires that burned hundreds of thousands and millions of acres of timber were very rare, almost non-existent. And that was because the forests were healthy and the density of the forest and the underbrush were kept to a minimum as a result of proper management and continued annual harvests. Forests were managed as a sustainable and renewable resource, which in turn benefited the wildlife with sustainable reliable habitat and in the process, also provided recreational opportunities for the people. That former relationship between loggers and the forest was truly symbiotic.
    I can still recall the spotted owl debacle, where loggers, who for all intents and purposes were the caretakers of the forests were completely closed-out of the public forests in wholesale fashion as a result of the ‘green’ movement and environmentalists! All logging came to a complete halt as well as the associated management practices. This resulted in the shutdown of numerous West Coast lumber mills and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in and related to the timber industry which was thereafter decimated.
    During the lobby by the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, they argued that the rate of logging prior to the 1990’s would eliminate the old growth forests… here is a quote:
    “Environmentalists admit that saving the owls’ habitat could cost jobs. But, they argue, these jobs will vanish no matter what. For if cutting continues at its current rate of 125,000 acres a year, the old-growth forests will be gone within thirty years and the mills forced to close anyhow.” (taken from this article: http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v4n1/ ).
    However, as we have all witnessed, since the transition to the ‘green movement’s’ ban on logging in public forests, we are in fact actually losing many hundreds of thousands of acres of forest annually! It’s a travesty of monumental proportions… when people like these try to play God, the results are usually tragic and harm both humanity and the wildlife.
    Through the use of politics combined with bad science the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists led the way to the implementation of seriously flawed policies (regulations) and practices. The EPA and the BLM along with Federal forestry agencies and their environmentalist support base had in the early 1990’s effected a major management policy change in order to supposedly save forest habitat for a species of owl (spotted owl) that was ‘allegedly’ endangered (http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930114&slug=1679945)
    Result: In the early 1990’s Federal forests became off-limits to loggers.
    Of course under the ‘new management’ practices of the environmentalist-led EPA, BLM and Federal Forestry Departments, the forests became (and are) very seriously overgrown leading to unhealthy stands of trees (with dead and dying trees) that were vulnerable to disease, insects and of course fire, as did the underbrush.
    Forests became so dense that if a fire started (regardless of reason)… the fire would burn extremely hot and spread very fast; it’s so simple a child can understand the concept… more fuel, more forest fire.
    And at the end of the day, many years later after Feds and the ‘green’ environmentalists kicked the loggers out of the forests and took-over, placing ‘their’ policies, regulations and management practices into place, the spotted owl population has continued to drop! This is irrefutable evidence that their interventions, policies and regulations have utterly failed to affect the owls, and in that failure, the public interest has lost even more animals and habitat to fire! Through their own actions, we now have even more animals heading towards potential extinction! What a contradiction to the claims of these people!
    Under the ‘green environmental’ forest management polices/practices (‘hands off, no logging’), forests have become so dense that when lightning starts a fire, instead of just burning-off a relatively small area before the fire is brought under control, as it was in the days of managed logging, fires today now burn entire tracks of forests amounting to hundreds of thousands of acres annually, all of which is burned to the bare ground!
    LET’S KEEP IN THE MIND THAT THIS IS NOW THE NEW ‘NORM’, and since it takes many decades for the trees to be re-established, the net result is that we are losing more and more forest annually, instead of gaining more forest area and wildlife habitat; just the opposite of what the environmentalists and the EPA preach to the public. So what’s the point?
    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out…. Just look at the annual total acres that are burned to the ground… It’s truly shocking that this is even allowed to continue as it has, year after year.
    So much for the ‘habitat’ of the spotted owl! And of course the habitats for dozens of other species were (are) lost as well. As of this writing, I am down in the area of the fires interviewing local people, and hundreds of thousands of acres of ‘critical habitat’ (old growth and other trees) has been converted to the ash that is falling from the sky; it’s like a nuclear winter without the radiation. Ash from the burned forests is covering entire cities!
    It’s a fact that under the continued management of the public’s forest lands by the same idiotic policies, we now have annual forest fires that devastate huge areas of forest, and in the process destroy all of the trees, as opposed to having some of the trees harvested resulting in a healthy forest as had existed in the past; forests which then were also more fire-resistant. Some may try to argue that the fires are a result of the drought. Of course that’s a ruse to deflect blame from the implementation of a seriously flawed management policy. In the prior era of managed forest harvests, we also had periods of severe drought, without the results we are seeing today. Added to which, forests which are selectively logged and managed are far more fire resistant, drought or not, and that fact is undeniable.
    So which method makes more sense? Sustainable logging as it was successfully practiced for nearly a century; or…. The current ‘green environmentalist’ methods where no logging is allowed in public forests resulting in hundreds of thousands of acres of forests regularly burning to the ground leaving nothing but ash and bare ground that is devoid of plant life and subject to severe erosion?
    The erosion of the scorched earth in-turn leads to excessive silt run-off into the streams and rivers, which covers the critical gravel beds in the streams and rivers that are required for the fish eggs of spawning fish such as Salmon. Of course the recent decline in Salmon and Steelhead runs are certainly associated to this situation. Additionally, the loss of forests results in the loss of critical shade trees in and around watersheds, which results in the warming of stream and river water temperatures; this also adversely affects the fish populations.
    The late Summer and Fall storms of the Pacific Northwest which spawn the lightning that ignite the forests also provide the downpours that wash the silt into the streams and rivers that resulted from the aftermath of the massive forest fires. And this silting of the waterways comes at the worst possible time… just as the Salmon are moving upriver to spawn in the gravel beds of the rivers and streams. However, with the overburden of silt that has washed-down off the now barren mountain sides, the gravel beds are covered in silt and are no longer viable for the spawning Salmon. This is not an optimal situation for the spawning Salmon; in fact, it can cause entire runs of Salmon to fail in their efforts to reproduce! As a fisherman myself, this situation is beyond frustrating.
    As anyone can easily see, the relative newcomer green environmentalist-scientists have it all wrong, and every year since the implementation of their fatally flawed concepts and polices we watch as more and more forests are consumed by massive fires such as those that are burning as I write this.
    If these forests were properly managed and logged as they were just 30 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, we would have trees still standing and abundant animal habitat in areas that are now burned to the dirt, and we would have renewable forest harvests as in the past providing full-time jobs for thousands of people. And as it was in the past, healthy standing forests shading the watersheds and minimized erosion, providing optimal water temperatures and low water turbidity in the streams and rivers resulting in abundant runs of fish, something that local Indian tribes greatly desire.

    Instead, thanks to the intervention of the EPA, the ‘green movement’ and environmentalists, we have less and less forest, which leads to less and less water, and less fish,

    WHILE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SISKIYOU, JACKSON, JOSEPHINE AND KLAMATH COUNTIES ARE SUFFERING FROM RECORD HIGH UN-EMPLOYMENT AS THEY WATCH HELPLESSLY AS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TIMBER IS TURNED TO ASH EACH YEAR.
    And in the end, with the forests burned to the ground, if a few spotted owls survive the blaze, the spotted owl has no trees and no habitat. So what was the point?
    It just doesn’t get any dumber than this. We have the blind leading the blind.
    THINKING AMERICANS NEED TO STAND-UP TO THE CURRENT STUPIDITY AND FORM A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR LOCAL COUNTIES.

    Some readers might be thinking; why should I care? Or, how does this affect me since I live across the U.S. from these wildfires. We all need to care and take action because this kind of mismanagement can happen anywhere environmentalists stick their noses into areas where they have less than adequate experience.

    AS I WRITE THIS, AND AS A RESULT OF YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST INTERVENTION, NUMEROUS PERFECTLY GOOD WEST COAST DAMS ARE BEING EYED FOR REMOVAL! OF COURSE THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO THESE UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THE WEST COAST IS SERIOUSLY SHORT ON WATER AS IT IS, AND NEEDS MORE DAMS, NOT LESS!
    Are we going to wait until these clowns let it all burn?
    Cheers! Bill
    Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM
    http://www.WilliameSimpson.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NauticalPrepper


  • California’s Fire Protection Fee Laws?

    California’s Fire Protection Fee Laws?
    Are Cal Fire Protection Fee Laws like WA State Fire Protection Fees Laws?

    This posting and comment from Liz Bowen “Pie N Politics”
    Megafires Don’t Melt Opposition To California Fire Fee
    By Chris Nichols, Capital Public Radio, 9/17/15 prompted me to research, document and post a comment on WA State Fire Fees Protection laws.

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    Behind My Back | What do WA State Fire Fees Pay For?

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/22/what-dowastatefirefeespay-for/

    1 day ago – I checked my Clallam County, WA State tax statement. … A LEGISLATED ACT OF FEE FI FOE FUM, AN ACT OF “OR ELSE” AND AN ACT OF PAY THE FEES “OR ELSE” … www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/26/fee-fie-foe–fum/.
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     Californians and Washingtonians have a  lot in common when it comes to THE HORRENDOUS DEADLY, OUT OF CONTROL,  WILDFIRES BURNING IN OUR STATES. WE THE PEOPLE ARE REELING FROM THE LOSS OF AMERICAN LIVES …. THE LOSS OF FAMILY HOMES AND BUSINESS’S …

    AND, AMERICAN FAMILIES BEING FORCED TO EVACUATE AND ENDING UP LIKE DISPLACED FOREIGN REFUGEES.

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    WILDFIRE FIGHTERS LAY THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT WE THE PEOPLE.

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    AT THE VERY LEAST…

    WE THE PEOPLE MUST DEMAND ANSWERS FROM OUR FEDERAL AND STATE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, REGARDING NOT ONLY THE FIRE FEES WE PAY FOR FIRE PROTECTION.

    BUT, WHY THE GOVERNMENT KEEPS FIDDLING WHILE THE WEST BURNS?

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    Added for emphasis and clarity…

    Fiddle while Rome burns definition. To do something trivial and irresponsible in the midst of an emergency; legend has it that while a fire destroyed the city of Rome, the emperor Nero played his violin, thus revealing his total lack of concern for his people and his empire.
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    This is the full text of the New post on Pie N Politics
    Megafires Don’t Melt Opposition To California Fire Fee

    Comment from Stephen Frank
    Cal Fire Continues to Steal $$ From Rural Property Owners
    September 18, 2015
    For years the people in rural California has been paying hundreds of dollars a year to Cal Fire, for fire protection. It is as if their regular taxes had nothing to do with the fire fighters hired by the State to protect them. These folks sued and it will take years before a court will hear the case and a dozen more years before all the appeals are done. Then Sacramento bureaucrats will have close to twenty years of using your money—think they will ever give it back? Maybe by increasing taxes on everybody to pay for their theft.
    “Like many rural Californians, the Millers grudgingly pay the state an annual fire prevention fee of one hundred seventeen dollars. It was passed four years ago to help the state close a budget deficit. And even as the Butte and other mega-fires threaten their homes, rural residents say the mistrust over the fee lives on. Les Miller calls it a state cash grab.
    Les Miller: “They want more money, so they find a way to get it. Everybody is concerned about fire. So, they call it a fire fee.”

    Megafires Don’t Melt Opposition To California Fire Fee
    By Chris Nichols, Capital Public Radio, 9/17/15
    Rural Californians are reeling from yet another destructive fire season.
    But that doesn’t mean they now support a controversial fire fee imposed several years ago by legislative Democrats and Governor Jerry Brown. Chris Nichols reports from Sacramento.
    Bags stuffed with Betsy Miller’s family photos and quilting fabric sit ready to go in her Sierra foothills home. Miller and her husband, Les, are retirees who live in Amador County. The Butte Fire forced them to evacuate last week. Now, they’re back home. But they’re not unpacking.
    Betsy Miller: “Fires have a way of coming back.”
    Betsy Miller says she loves quilting too much to have her fabric go up in flames.
    Betsy Miller: “I want to pick and choose what I’m going to finish, not have a fire pick and choose what I’m going to finish.”
    Like many rural Californians, the Millers grudgingly pay the state an annual fire prevention fee of one hundred seventeen dollars. It was passed four years ago to help the state close a budget deficit. And even as the Butte and other mega-fires threaten their homes, rural residents say the mistrust over the fee lives on. Les Miller calls it a state cash grab.
    Les Miller: “They want more money, so they find a way to get it. Everybody is concerned about fire. So, they call it a fire fee.”
    A dozen homeowners here interviewed this week say they remain opposed because the money doesn’t help fight fires. It only helps prevent them.
    The Brown Administration declined comment. But a recent state report says the fee raises about $75 million dollars a year for efforts like identifying evacuation routes and clearing brush.
    Signs thanking firefighters dot highways across the foothills. But that gratitude doesn’t extend to the state leaders who imposed the fee. Vincent Campa also fled his home during the Butte Fire.
    Campa: “I’ve also had people frustrated with the fee, not being able to afford it, living on fixed incomes.”
    A taxpayers group has sued the state, alleging the fee is an unconstitutional tax. But a final ruling could take years.
    http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/cal-fire-continues-to-steal-from-rural-property-owners/
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    WILDFIRE FIGHTERS LIVES MATTER.


  • Quadrennial Fire Review

    Quadrennial Fire Review

    The QFR is not reviewed or approved by any government entity.

    Social networking will become the most effective means of informing and educating the public about FIRE, as traditional media and informational techniques continue to decline in popularity.

    It was called the fire community’s “CRYSTAL BALL,” by Tom Harbour, Director of Fire and Aviation Management for the USDA Forest Service.[1]

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    References

    The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Donald K. Artley, Contractor  August, 2009 Address by Tom Harbour before the International Association of Fire Chiefs Conference, March 26, 2009 Written by Don Artley, January 2009, in IAFC newsletter, article titled, “Quadrennial Fire Review.”

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    The 2009 Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR) is a publication that examines the future of wildfire in the United States and provides insight and predictions about potential changes in mission, roles and responsibilities.

    It was called the fire community’s “CRYSTAL BALL,” by Tom Harbour, Director of Fire and Aviation Management for the USDA Forest Service.[1]

    The QFR is not a policy or decision document, nor does it contain specific recommendations. Its purpose is to stimulate thought and discussion within the wildfire community about how the nation can best prepare for future wildfire seasons. According to the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the QFR “was designed as a strategic evaluative process that develops an internal assessment of capabilities of current programs and resources in comparison to future needs for fire management.” [2]

    The QFR is published every four years. The first QFR was completed in 2005 and the second published in January 2009 by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho; and the National Advanced Fire Research Institute in Tucson, Arizona. It is modeled on the Department of Defense’s Quadrennial Defense Review.

    The 2009 QFR was developed by fire experts from federal, state local and tribal organizations, plus assistance from non-governmental organizations and the research and academic communities. The overall effort was coordinated through the Brookings Institution.

    The QFR is not reviewed or approved by any government entity.

    It is meant to be an independent and objective document, free from political or agency influence. The QFR’s projections of future conditions extend to a 10-to-20 year time frame, while the strategies for how to prepare for those future conditions is defined in a four-to-five-year period.

    The QFR looks at trends and makes forecasts about what will need to change within the fire community to deal with future challenges. Among the notable forecasts in the 2009 QFR are:

    • Climate change will produce longer fire seasons, with the potential of 10–12 million acres (40,000–49,000 km2)
    • BURNING IN THE UNITED STATES BY THE YEAR 2014.
    • Also, wildfire will affect more geographic regions than in the past, specifically the Northeast and Great Lakes areas, which generally have been considered at low-risk. Alaska‘s fire vulnerability will increase, as well, as warmer temperatures dry out vegetation.
    • The current drought cycle might last another 25 years, creating more stress on vegetation and contributing to a higher number of fires and more volatile fire behavior.
    • Growth will slow in populated areas prone to wildfire (often called the “wildland-urban interface” or WUI), but they will still be at high risk from wildfires.
    • Fire agency budgets will be strained by increasing demands, rising costs and falling government revenues.
    • The concept of “protecting all communities at all costs” should transition to “fostering self-reliance and increasing resiliency.” The education focus should shift toward more self-reliance and accountability, producing “fire-adapted communities.”
    • Social networking will become the most effective means of informing and educating the public about fire, as traditional media and informational techniques continue to decline in popularity.

    The 2009 QFR also outlines an integrated fuels management plan that would help ensure that fuels treatment investments are tied more closely to land stewardship objectives. It also suggests that small-scale fuels treatments (prescribed burning, mechanical removal of brush, thinning, chemical treatments, and so forth) are not as effective as larger, landscape-scale treatments in terms of ecosystem health.

    The 2005 QFR was prescient. For example, it predicted a significant increase in the number and costs of wildfires, dramatic changes in weather, accelerated WUI growth, and continued fuel build-ups. All of these forecasts proved correct.

    More than 100 people participated in developing the 2009 version of the QFR. The next QFR is scheduled for publication in 2012. Electronic copies of the QFR are available at the NIFC website,[1]

    References

    Address by Tom Harbour before the International Association of Fire Chiefs Conference, March 26, 2009 Written by Don Artley, January 2009, in IAFC newsletter, article titled, “Quadrennial Fire Review.”

    Categories:

    Wildfires in the United States


  • Wildland Fires “Red Card” Cultural Resources

    Wildland Fires “Red Card” and Cultural Resources

    Wildland | Define Wildland at Dictionary.com

    dictionary.reference.com/browse/wildland

    Dictionary.com land that has not been cultivated, especially land set aside and protected as a wilderness. Origin of wildland. Expand. 1805-1815. 1805-15; wild + -land.

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    FOR THE UNDERSTANDING OF A REASONABLE PERSON

    Social networking will become the most effective means of informing and educating the public about FIRE, as traditional media and informational techniques continue to decline in popularity.

    Quadrennial Fire Review (my next posting)

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    Wildland Fire Protection and Response in the United States

    https://www.yumpu.com/…/wildland-fire-protection-and-response-in-the…

    … Wildfire, · Tribal, · Suppression, · Cooperative, · Implementation, · Contracts, · Www.iafc.org. WILDLAND Fire Protection and Response in the United States …

    A 159 page document

    WILDLAND FIRE PROTECTION AND RESPONSE IN THE UNITED STATES THE RESPONSIBILITIES, AUTHORITIES, AND ROLES OF FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT

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    FEDERAL WILDLAND FIRE PROTECTION:

    All federal agencies that have management and administrative responsibility for large areas of federal land also have the legal authority to protect those lands from the adverse affects of wildfire. They either provide that protection themselves or through contracts and agreements with other protection organizations. This study includes the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and four agencies within the Department of the Interior: Bureau of Land Management (BLM); National Park Service (NPS); U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS); and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

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    TRIBAL WILDLAND FIRE PROTECTION:

    The BIA, through treaties and executive orders, has the responsibility to protect tribal trust lands. The BIA cannot give up that trust responsibility, but can pass the authority to manage programs and provide protection to individual tribes. Across the country there is considerable variability in how much responsibility individual tribes have asked for and accepted, as there are 562 federally recognized tribes. Tribes may accept responsibility for individual parts of the fire program, the entire program, or none of it. They may also change their mind and retrocede (give back) responsibility to the BIA.

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    STATE WILDLAND FIRE PROTECTION:

    The statutory mission of state agencies with forestry and WILDLAND fire protection responsibilities varies significantly from state to state.  However, IN GENERAL, ALL HAVE A STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE SERVICES IN PROTECTING STATE AND PRIVATE LANDS FROM DAMAGE BY WILDFIRE. With rare exception, state agencies support and carryout suppression programs that provide for rapid and aggressive initial response to wildfires, with the intent of minimizing their spread. Because of the diversity in organizational relationships from state to state, it is difficult to succinctly and completely summarize state responsibilities, authorities, and roles on a national scale. However, state protection programs are described in detail for the 11 study states (WA State was one of the 11 states studied in detail)

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    LOCAL WILDLAND FIRE PROTECTION:

    It is even more difficult to characterize local WILDLAND fire protection on a national basis. There is considerable diversity in legal responsibilities and authorities, not only among states, but also within states. The need for organized WILDLAND fire protection is generated at the “grass-roots” or citizen/landowner level. Most states have statutes that simply provide local government (or landowners themselves) the option to choose to have (and pay for) fire protection if they deem it necessary. It is important to note that local fire protection (structural and WILDLAND) may not be provided by government entities. Often, fire protection is provided to citizens/landowners by non-governmental entities, such as fire districts and volunteer fire departments, which are independent of county government. Common types of local fire departments include: municipal, county, district, township, volunteer, and private.

    The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Donald K. Artley, Contractor  August, 2009

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    Wildfires force new evacuation orders in Washington state …

    www.reuters.com/…/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKCN0QQ1Z52015082…

    Reuters 6 days ago – Wildfires force new evacuation orders in Washington state … blaze that has blackened some 88,000 acres (35,600 hectares) of TRIBAL LANDS.

    TRIBAL WILDLAND FIRE PROTECTION: above

    Snippet

    WAITING UNTIL THE FIRE IS ON THE GROUND IS AN INAPPROPRIATE TIME TO EDUCATE FIRE CREWS ABOUT CULTURAL RESOURCES

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    CULTURAL RESOURCES

    NPS Archeology Guide > Cultural Resources and Fire > 3. Wildland Fire Planning

    Historic Preservation Laws – National Park Service

    www.nps.gov/history/laws.htm

    U.S. National Park Service

    Jump to NAGPRA & Native American Cultural Resources – American Indian Religious Freedom Act, as amended (42 USC 1996, 1996a: Protection …

    General – ‎Archeology – ‎Grants – ‎Maritime & Marine

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    THE “RED CARD” FIRE PREPAREDNESS AND CULTURAL RESOURCES

    THE “RED CARD” ALLOWS THEM TO SERVE AS CULTURAL THSPS DURING WILDLAND FIRES,

    Before cultural resource staff assist on the wildfire line or during prescribed burns, they must complete training for an Incident QUALIFICATION CARD, OR “RED CARD.” THE RED CARD ALLOWS THEM TO SERVE AS CULTURAL THSPS DURING WILDLAND FIRES, monitor during prescribed burns, and conduct research within active fire perimeters.

    Note that representatives from INDIAN TRIBES WHO SERVE ON FIRE TEAMS MUST ALSO BE RED CARD QUALIFIED. Cultural resource staff that play active roles during WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES SHOULD COMPLETE WILDLAND FIRE RESOURCE ADVISOR (READ) TRAINING.

    Staff must successfully complete WILDLAND FIRE COURSES S130/190 and pass a work capacity test (“pack test”), outlined in PMS 310-1 Wildland Fire Qualifications System Guide (.pdf). To work on fire lines without an escort, a READ must maintain an arduous rating. Type 2 Firefighting training will also allow CULTURAL RESOURCE STAFF to participate in prescribed burns and other types of ignitions. It also provides training for personal protection while in a fire environment. To retain their rating, staff must complete an annual refresher course.

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    BACK TO THE WILDLAND FIRE PREPAREDNESS AND CULTURAL RESOURCES

    Every park in the National Park System contains cultural resources that, potentially, can be adversely affected by fire, fire treatment measures, inappropriate post-fire demolition, or ineffective rehabilitation. Fire preparedness is an important responsibility and is particularly critical in parks that do not have WILDLAND and/or structural fire plans in place. Cultural resource managers and park superintendents can take proactive steps to protect cultural resources ahead of a fire incident through…

    Contact behindmyback.org  for the full, over 5000, word document on

    NPS Archeology Guide > Cultural Resources and Fire > 3. Wildland Fire Planning

    Pearl Rains Hewett (360) 417-9452

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    Snippet from the

    Quadrennial Fire Review (my next posting)

    Social networking will become the most effective means of informing and educating the public about FIRE, as traditional media and informational techniques continue to decline in popularity.

    It was called the fire community’s “CRYSTAL BALL,” by Tom Harbour, Director of Fire and Aviation Management for the USDA Forest Service.[1]

     


  • WA State Wildfire History page 2

    SUMMARY OF RECENT WILDFIRES : 1849 TO 1952

    (1864) THE DROUGHT WAS SO SEVERE THAT SUMMER that heavy thunder showers on September 2 (1864) apparently did little to quell the fires.

    Records taken at the mouth of the Columbia River SHOWED THAT THIS WAS THE DRIEST JUNE, JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER FOR THE 58-YEAR RECORD UP TO THAT TIME.

    THIS APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN THE WORST FIRE SEASON SINCE THE EARLY 1700’S.

    1902.THERE WERE PERHAPS HUNDREDS OF FIRES BURNING IN WESTERN WASHINGTON AND IN WESTERN OREGON IN SEPTEMBER

    IT WAS PERHAPS THE WORST FIRE YEAR OF THE LAST 275 YEARS, BEING MORE SEVERE, EVEN, THAN THE FIRE SEASON OF 1868.

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    WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM THIS WILDFIRE HISTORY?

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    I FOUND THIS HISTORY OF WILDFIRE INFORMATION HERE…

    THIS IS A 502 PAGE DOCUMENT (a huge pdf 11.5 MG file)

    FIRE HISTORY page 19

    Plant Associations of the Olympic – Oregon State University

    ir.library.oregonstate.edu/…/Olympic%20NF%20Plant%20Associations.pdf

    by JA Henderson – ‎1989 – ‎Cited by 149 – ‎Related articles

    Acres burned on the Olympic National Forest, 1905 to 1985. 16. Figure 8. …… resistant to erosion than shale or slate (labor 1975) …… Nuttall’s PEAVINE. UBO2.

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    1849 Great fires burned in the Coast Range of Oregon, but apparently none occurred in the Olympics.

    1864 to 1868 Many large fires burned in Oregon and Washington in 1864, 1867 and 1868.

    The Ludlow- Quilcene Fire started in slash near Port Ludlow in September 1864 and burned several thousand acres under a high east wind. The fire burned on Mt. Walker, Mt.Turner, and the Quilcene Ridge. Most of the area burned in one or two days. Other fires occurred in the area, including Vancouver Island. In 1868, again many Fires occurred in western Washington and Oregon.

    Much of the area was covered by smoke for extended periods.

    Apparently little of the Olympic National Forest burned in this year, but there were fires all around.

    There was at least one large fire between Olympia and Seabeck (August13) and others in the San Juans, near Montesano, on both sides of Hood Canal, Discovery Bay, near Bellingham, Snoqualmie, and on Vancouver Island.

    These Fires burned into September, flaring up under east wind conditions.

    (1864) THE DROUGHT WAS SO SEVERE THAT SUMMER that heavy thunder showers on September 2 (1864) apparently did little to quell the fires.

    Records taken at the mouth of the Columbia River

    SHOWED THAT THIS WAS THE DRIEST JUNE, JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER FOR THE 58-YEAR RECORD UP TO THAT TIME.

    THIS APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN THE WORST FIRE SEASON SINCE THE EARLY 1700’S.

    Most of these fires started from land clearing or careless tending of cooking fires.

    1885 The Nellton Burn near Lake Quinault started from right-of-way clearing on the old Quinault trail. it burned about 2000 acres.

     1890 and 1891 Several fires apparently burned in the Soleduck Valley in the early 1890’s. One in Kugel Creek burned about 2000 acres. Others occurred in the Bear Creek, Pysht River and Twin Creeks area.

     In 1890 land clearing fires burned out of control in the foothills near SEQUIM . Rainfall that next winter was light and at least one of these fires survived the winter by moldering in rotted logs or stumps. It flared up the next spring and burned toward the south, Eventually covering about 30,000 acres on the Quilcene District, mostly In the DUNGENESS drainage.

     1902 This was another fire year like 1868. Many fires burned throughout western Washington and Oregon. Much property and at least 16 lives were lost.

    1902 The biggest of the fires during this summer was the famous Yacolt Burn In the Lewis Valley. It burned about 250,000 acres.

    1902 The biggest fire on the Olympic Peninsula, the Elma-Humptulips Fire, burned from near EIma to the Humptulips River mostly on September11. Both the Vacolt and the Elma-Humptulips fires burned under high east wind conditions. A small fire appears to have burned near the Tubal Cain Mine.

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    1902.THERE WERE PERHAPS HUNDREDS OF FIRES BURNING IN WESTERN WASHINGTON AND IN WESTERN OREGON IN SEPTEMBER

    IT WAS PERHAPS THE WORST FIRE YEAR OF THE LAST 275 YEARS, BEING MORE SEVERE, EVEN, THAN THE FIRE SEASON OF 1868.

    1907 The Great Soleduck Fire burned about 12,800 acres in the Soleduck Valley between Lake Crescent and Bear Creek along the south side of Snider Ridge In the summer of 1907. ft started in April when a settler named Cap Mueller was burning ferns in a field (a common practice at the time).

    THE 1907 FIRE WAS NOT PUT OUT, AS WAS ALSO COMMON, AND IT SPREAD TO NEARBY FOREST.

    By July 1907 it was burning out of control and threatening other settlers in the Lake Crescent-Soleduck Valley area. Most of the area burned during one afternoon when a strong east wind came up (Morgenroth 1935).

     1908.. Another fire In the same area burned about 3000 acres in 1908.

    1910 Many fires burned in western Washington and Oregon, but none of any consequence and apparently no fires occurred on the Olympic National Forest.

    1910 The big fires In this summer occurred in Idaho and Montana.

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    1916 to 1920 Many small to moderate fires burned on the Forest during these dry years. Most were logging related fires, although some were caused by lightning.Most of these fires occurred in the rainshadow of the Olympics, especially In Environmental Zones 9, 10, and11.

    THE BIGGEST OF THESE FIRES WERE

    Duckabush Fire – 4810 acres (1918)

    Littleton Fire – 3200 acres (1920)

    Slab Camp Fire – 3000 acres (1917)

    Dosewaiilps Fire – 2665 acres (1918)

    Canyon Hill Fire – 2170 acres (1918)

    Mt. Zion Fire – 2000 acres (1916)

    1922 Duckabush Fire, Another 2000 acres burned in the

    Duckabush drainage in 1922.

     

    1924 and 1925 This was another dry period with many fires in the Olympics, mostly in the rainshadow area.

    The biggest of these fires were:

    Green Mt. Fire – 9615 acres (1925)

    Twin Creek Fire – 9250 acres (1924)

    Discovery Bay Fire – 5000 acres (1924)

    Snow Creek Fire – 3825 acres (1925)

    Snow Creek Fire – 3100 acres (1924)

    Phoenix Camp Fire – 3080 acres (1924)

    Penney Creek Fire – 1774 acres (1924)

    1928 The Hobi Fire burned 3507 acres near Quinault. In

    1927 , 35,000 acres of the Vacolt burn in the Lewis River reburned.

    1929 Many lightning fires were started this year. The Forest recorded 85 lightning caused fires.

    The biggest was the Interrorom Fire which burned 8602 acres in the lower Duckabush and Fulton Creek drainages. Also, 1495 acres burned in the Hamma Hamma drainage.

    1930 This was another year with many lightning fires,

    120 on the Forest, but none larger than 1000 acres.

    1932 The Hamma Hamme fire started from logging and burned 2165 acres.

    1933A few small fires burned on the Forest

    The Tillam00k fire in Oregon covered about 250,000 acres.

    1939 The Deep Creek Fire burned 13,000 acres of which 3460 acres were on the Olympic National Forest

    1942 Two fires burned In the Bear Creek-Calawah River area and covered 5844 acres.

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    1951 The Great Forks Fire, also called the Port Angeles-

    Western (PAW) Fire covered about 33,000 acres (18,500

    acres of National Forest land) (Figure 8).

    In August, a fire started along the Port Angeles-Western right-of-way. The

    fire was contained, but by September 19th it flared up

    again. By the morning of September 20th it was raging

    out of control, carried by a strong east wind. At 2:30 pm

    everyone In the town of Forks was ordered to evacuate.

    The town was thought to be doomed. By evening the

    wind shifted, and an oncoming low pressure system

    helped stop the fire at the outskirts of town. Over 30

    buildings were burned, Including one mill, a motel, and

    28 houses (Smith 1976, Campbell 1979).

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    1952 At least two fires burned in the Bear Creek- Deadman Creek area, and covered about 16,000 acres.

    This was the last big fire to occur on the Forest.

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    OBVIOUSLY WE NEED MORE INFORMATION 1952 TO AUG 21,2015

    I need to do more research…..

    IT SAYS  Acres burned on the Olympic National Forest, 1905 to 1985,  IS  SOMEWHERE IN THE 1989,  502 PAGE DOCUMENT

    Plant Associations of the Olympic – Oregon State University

    ir.library.oregonstate.edu/…/Olympic%20NF%20Plant%20Associations.pdf

    by JA Henderson – ‎1989 – ‎Cited by 149 – ‎Related articles

    Acres burned on the Olympic National Forest, 1905 to 1985. 16. Figure 8. …… resistant to erosion than shale or slate (labor 1975) …… Nuttall’s PEAVINE. UBO2.


  • WA State Wildfire History page 1

    WA State Wildfire History page 1

    THIS WAS A VERY LARGE FIRE OR SERIES OF FIRES WHICH SWEPT WESTERN WASHINGTON AND BURNED AT LEAST HALF OF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA. IT OCCURRED IN ABOUT THE YEAR 1308.

     5. THIS FIRE OR SERIES OF FIRES APPARENTLY BURNED MORE THAN ONE MILLION ACRES ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA, AND 3 TO 10 MILLION ACRES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON.

    WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM THIS WILDFIRE HISTORY?

    What can be learned from recent wildfires?

    The Carlton Complex WILDFIRE 2014?

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    If you like WA State history and are concerned about the 2015 WA State WILDFIRES?

    You will be fascinated by the snippets found in this historical  502 page document.

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    One aspect of the WILDFIRE HISTORY of the Olympics seems certain–One cannot characterize the fire patterns of one period by knowing what it is in another.

    The occurrence of wildfires on the Olympic Peninsula is closely tied to climate and climatic history

    CLIMATE-Climatic History

    Even with our extensive network of climatic stations, modern technology and satellites, we still don’t understand the current climate very well.

    FROM THE WETTEST PART OF THE USA TO AN EMERGENCY DROUGHT?

    To a Major WILDFIRE Disaster Declaration?

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    Wildfires | Governor Jay Inslee – Washington Governor

    www.governor.wa.gov/tags/wildfires

    Jay Inslee late yesterday urged President Obama to approve his request for a Major Disaster Declaration, which would provide much needed federal assistance …

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    Our earliest evidence of fire in the Olympics comes from a bog in the Hoh River drainage. two fires which appeared to have burned in the lower Hoh River drainage between 7200 and 8700 years ago.

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    Three great burning periods occurred from 1300 to1750 during the Little Ice Age. The first occurred at the end of the Medieval Optimum and the beginning of the Little Ice Age.

    THIS WAS A VERY LARGE FIRE OR SERIES OF FIRES WHICH SWEPT WESTERN WASHINGTON AND BURNED AT LEAST HALF OF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA. IT OCCURRED IN ABOUT THE YEAR 1308.

     5. THIS FIRE OR SERIES OF FIRES APPARENTLY BURNED MORE THAN ONE MILLION ACRES ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA, AND 3 TO 10 MILLION ACRES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON.

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    An interesting aspect to these three great burning episodes is their correlation with the long-term sunspot cycle (Figure 6). Since the Medieval Optimum, there have been three extended periods when there were virtually no sunspots on the sun.

    These periods were the Wolf Sunspot Minimum from 1282 to 1342 (Stuiver and Quay 1980), the Sporer Minimum from 1416 to 1534 (Eddy 1977,Stuiver and Quay 1980) and the Maunder Minimum from 1645 to 1715 (Eddy 1976).

    THE THREE BURNING PERIODS AND THE FIVE BIGGEST FIRES (I.E. ABOUT 1308,1448, 1508, 1668, AND 1701) ALL OCCURRED DURING THESE THREE PERIODS OF VERY LOW SUNSPOTS.

    The correlation between low sunspot numbers and increased fires in western Washington is speculative.

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    WHO KNEW? I FOUND THIS HISTORY OF WILDFIRE INFORMATION HERE…

    GO ONLINE AND READ IT….

    Plant Associations of the Olympic – Oregon State University

    ir.library.oregonstate.edu/…/Olympic%20NF%20Plant%20Associations.pdf

    by JA Henderson – ‎1989 – ‎Cited by 149 – ‎Related articles

    Acres burned on the Olympic National Forest, 1905 to 1985. 16. Figure 8. …… resistant to erosion than shale or slate (labor 1975) …… Nuttall’s PEAVINE. UBO2.

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    Forested Plant Associations of the Olympic National Forest

    United States Department of Agriculture- Forest Service- Pacific Northwest Region

    R6-ECOL-TP 001-88 1989

    THIS IS A 502 PAGE DOCUMENT (a huge pdf 11.5 MG file)

    FIRE HISTORY page 19

    The occurrence of wildfires on the Olympic Peninsula is closely tied to climate and climatic history (see p. 32). It appears that the pattern of fires has been as variable as the pattern of past climates. Some periods have had many stand destroying fires, others have had almost none. Still other periods may have had a pattern of high fire frequency but low fire intensity.  Because of this variability and the many factors involved, one aspect of the fire history of the Olympics seems certain–one cannot characterize the fire patterns of one period by knowing what it is in another.

    I have COMPILED  a 5736 word document related to 

    WILDFIRE HISTORY beginning  between 7200 and 8700 years ago.

    SUMMARY OF RECENT FIRES: BEGINNING IN 1849

    Including…

    1951 The Great Forks Fire, also called the Port Angeles-Western (PAW) Fire covered about 33,000 acres (18,500acres of National Forest land) (Figure 8).In August, a fire started along the Port Angeles-Western right-of-way. The fire was contained, but by September 19th it flared up again. By the morning of September 20th it was raging out of control, carried by a strong east wind. At 2:30 pm everyone In the town of Forks was ordered to evacuate.The town was thought to be doomed. By evening the wind shifted, and an oncoming low pressure system helped stop the fire at the outskirts of town. Over 30buildings were burned, Including one mill, a motel, and 28 houses (Smith 1976, Campbell 1979).

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    Our family was evacuated from Sol Duc Hot Springs, in a government car, with fire on both sides of the road.

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    CLIMATE-Climatic History

    This is a time scale that spans millions of years

    THE CLIMATE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CANNOT BE RELIABLY RECONSTRUCTED FOR PERIODS EARLIER THAN ABOUT 25,000 YEARS AGO.

    THE CLIMATE CAN ALSO BE CHARACTERIZED BY HAVING A SUMMER DROUGHT.

    THIS RELATES TO THE HIGH FREQUENCY OF FIRES DURING THE SAME PERIOD

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    AND I HAVE INCLUDED THE HISTORIC CHANGES IN SEA LEVEL. (because it was there)

    AFTER THE RISE OF THE CASCADE AND OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS.

    The effect of this was for sea level to recede rapidly to a level contemporary with ice age sea level or about 400 feet below its present level. This occurred about 11,000 years ago

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    Indeed, it shall take several more chapters in the book of Revelations by Pearl Revere,  to  post more snippets of this amazing historical documentation on my website.