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  • FEMA-NFIP $20 Billion Dollar Obama Mess

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017

    The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) IS NOW $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT.

    ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION $20 BILLION DOLLAR FINANCIAL DISASTER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

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    The bottom line

    California has unparalleled expertise and a culture of “PROGRESSIVE” solutions for managing its flood risk;

     California also has unique needs and intense pressures looking forward.

    ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, CALIFORNIANS  MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THEIR “PROGRESSIVE” PLACE IN THE FOOD CHAIN UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICAN CONGRESS.

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    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) IS NOW $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. The last time I researched NFIP  circa 2012, it was $18 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017

    ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR DISASTER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

    AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 – WE RECOMMEND A CAREFUL LOOK AT CALIFORNIA’S PLACE IN THE NFIP.  IN PARTICULAR, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively.  The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA. (the sanctuary state?)

    California’s Flood Future – California Department of Water Resources

    www.water.ca.gov › Flood Topics › FloodSAFE California › Newsletters

    As part of the public comment period for California’s Flood Future, DWR and USACE … In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious …

    Key findings from California’s Flood Future include:

    • CALIFORNIA IS AT CATASTROPHIC RISK FOR DEVASTATING FLOODS.California’s diverse geography contributes to the state’s significant flood risk. In many regions, peak flows — the largest volume of water flowing per second through a water system — occur in a very short time frame, which spells disaster.
    • Flooding is a statewide problem. Every California county has experienced a federally declared flood disaster in the past 20 years. Counties with relatively low risk for a major flood event would be impacted by the results of a catastrophic flood elsewhere in the state, when employment centers, transportation facilities, utilities and the economy are affected.
    • THE IMPACTS OF A MAJOR FLOOD WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO CALIFORNIA AND TO THE NATION.In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious impact on its economy and environmental resources. A major flood in California, which has one of the world’s largest economies, will have an unprecedented impact on the national economy as well. With many more people and structures per square mile in California’s urban areas, the state would likely see much higher recovery costs from a major flood than the $110 billion that has been spent on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita or the $60 billion that has been appropriated for recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
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    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    by Nicholas Pinter, Rui Hui, and Kathy Schaefer

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.

    The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework for reducing flood losses, but currently the best we’ve got

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively. 

    The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA.

    Over the history of NFIP, California is one of a few states that has – through dry years and wet – received only a small fraction of payments from NFIP compared to the premiums it has paid in.  Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of premiums collected (compared to 560% for the biggest recipient state, Mississippi).  For California, this imbalance exceeds $3 billion (2015 dollars) over 21 years, funds that could have been invested in risk-reduction, floodplain management, and reduced premiums.

    California has unparalleled expertise and a culture of progressive solutions for managing its flood risk; the state also has unique needs and intense pressures looking forward.

    WITH THE US NFIP FACING AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE – >$20 BILLION IN DEBT,

    AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 –we recommend a careful look at California’s place in the NFIP.

    In particular, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.  Properly implemented, a state-based insurance program and proactive flood mitigation strategies could synergistically benefit the environment, agriculture, recreation, and water resources. 

    THIS APPROACH HAS MAJOR CHALLENGES, WITH IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE THAT SHOULD BE EXPLORED.

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    LOOKS LIKE CALIFORNIA WILL NEED SOME FEDERAL ASSISTANCE?

    PHOTOS: Major January storm sweeps across Bay Area | abc7news …

    abc7news.com/weather/photosmajorjanuarystormsweepsacrossbayarea/1692140/
    3 days ago – A major storm soaked the Bay Area in January giving us major rain totals and some damage from wind and flooding along the way. Share your …
    Flooding in Sonoma County causes citizens to band together.
    PHOTOS: Major January storm sweeps across Bay Area

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    California storm floods: Mapping the impact across Northern California

    sf.curbed.com/maps/californiafloods-storm-damage-map

    2 days ago – The back-to-back storms that pummeled California since last weekend … has brought MAJOR FLOODING AND DAMAGE TO PARTS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    CALIFORNIA IS AT CATASTROPHIC RISK FOR DEVASTATING FLOODS.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION OF THE The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) FUNDING LOOMING IN 2017

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    The bottom line

    California has unparalleled expertise and a culture of “PROGRESSIVE” solutions for managing its flood risk;

     California also has unique needs and intense pressures looking forward.

    ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, CALIFORNIANS  MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THEIR “PROGRESSIVE” PLACE IN THE FOOD CHAIN UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICAN CONGRESS.

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    California is a state with many sanctuary cities and basically the entire …

    sanctuarycities.info/sanctuary_state_california.htm

    CALIFORNIA HAS A HUGE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT POPULATION

    and their presence is both condoned but also encouraged by many. Their labor is used by landscapers, …

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    ‘Sanctuary California’ Faces Bankruptcy if Trump Withholds Funds

    www.breitbart.com/california/…/sanctuarycalifornia-faces-immigration-defunding-ba…

    Nov 26, 2016 – Although Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned President-elect Trump that defunding Sanctuary Cities would cause “social, economic and …


  • How many People In Calif. have flood ins.?

    I watch the news, there is a woman being rescued from the 2016-2017 flooding, she’s sitting in a rowboat crying “I LOST EVERYTHING”

    MAJOR STORMS 2016-2017 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE.

    How much does it cost a homeowner to replace everything?

    FEMA REPORTS THAT AS LITTLE AS 2 INCHES OF FLOODWATER IN A 1,000 SQUARE FOOT HOME CAN CAUSE AS MUCH AS $10,000 IN DAMAGE.

    I research online, document and post on this website

    How many people have flood Insurance in California and Nevada?

    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) IS NOW $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. The last time I researched NFIP  circa 2012, it was $18 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017

    ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR DISASTER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

    AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 – WE RECOMMEND A CAREFUL LOOK AT CALIFORNIA’S PLACE IN THE NFIP.  IN PARTICULAR, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively.  The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA. (the sanctuary state?)

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    CALIFORNIA FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER

    Water Conditions: Declaration – California Department of Water …

    www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/declaration.cfm

    California’s ongoing response to its five-year drought has been guided by a series of … PROCLAMATION OF A CONTINUED STATE OF EMERGENCY, April 25, 2014:

    Executive Order B-36-15, November 13, 2015:
    This executive order called for additional actions to build on the State’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts FROM 2015’S DEVASTATING WILDFIRES.

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    Emergency crews rush to rescue people stranded in Nev., Calif. flooding

    www.cbsnews.com/…/floodingcalifornia-nevada-emergency-crews-rush-to-rescue-pe…

    3 days ago – … NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE. … to stay home Monday after he declared a state of emergency.

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    States of Emergency Declared for Several Areas in Northern Nevad …

    www.ktvn.com/story/…/local-leaders-discuss-preparations-for-potential-flooding4

    6 days ago – Governor Sandoval has declared a state of emergency due to the severe … Please check http://www.nevadafloods.org for more flood safety …

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    HOW MANY PEOPLE IN NEVADA HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE?

    NEVADA IS THE DRIEST STATE IN THE NATION.

    2012 Nevada Flood Insurance Facts as Reported by FEMA

    • There are currently about 14,300 flood insurance policies in effect in this state.
    • Less than 2% of Nevada residents have flood insurance.
    • NV residents filed only nine flood insurance claims in 2012.
    • These claims resulted in $51,651 in compensation paid to policyholders.
    • That equates to an average of about $5,739 per claim.

     Find Flood Insurance Savings in Nevada | Trusted Choice

    https://www.trustedchoice.com/l/nevada/floodinsurance/

    LESS THAN 2% OF NEVADA RESIDENTS HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE. … BECAUSE NEVADA IS A VERY DRY STATE, many people assume it has no risk of floods. However, floods …

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    El Dorado County declares state of emergency due to weather

    www.abc10.com/news/local/el-dorado-county…state-of-emergency…/384925053

    2 days ago – A local state of emergency has been declared by El Dorado County(California) Tuesday evening due to … Kyburz Drive – Closed road with debris blocking the culvert and creating flooding

    Major storm hits California and Nevada, significant flooding expected

    https://watchers.news/2017/01/09/storm-floodcalifornia-nevada-january2017/

    MAJOR STORM HITS CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA, significant flooding expected. Posted by TW on JANUARY 09, 2017 in categories Featured articles, Floods, Landslide, Severe …. 72 hours of rainfall accumulation ending 12:00 UTC on JANUARY 9, 2017.

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    History matters.

    UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017

    With one of the biggest storms in years set to hit Northern California this weekend, we headed to The Chronicle’s archive to find photos and stories from the infamous New Year’s storm of 1997 that walloped the region 20 years ago.

    The flooding’s toll came to eight dead, $1.8 billion in economic losses, 23,000 homes destroyed, and 2,000 businesses damaged or decimated. FORTY-EIGHT COUNTIES WERE DECLARED DISASTER AREAS, INCLUDING ALL 46 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    Stunning photos from Northern California’s great flood of 1997 – San …

    www.sfchronicle.com/…/Stunning-photos-from-Northern-California-s-10840843.php

    Stunning photos from NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S GREAT FLOOD OF 1997. By Bill Van Niekerken. January 7, 2017 UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017 7:00am. Home owners on their …

    More than 100,000 Central Valley residents fled towns and farms, bracing for a wall of runoff flowing down from the Sierra. The National Weather Service ranks this as one of the five most disastrous weather events to hit California in the 1900s.

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    I research online and document

    History matters.

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    DEC 14, 2016

    CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION

    “THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF LEVEES … “THOSE THAT HAVE FAILED AND THOSE THAT WILL FAIL”

    Which begs the question….

    HOW MANY DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED IN CALIFORNIA?

    NATIONWIDE, MORE THAN 1,300 DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AS OF 2015.

    MOST OF THOSE DAMS (NEARLY 850) WERE REMOVED IN THE PAST 20 YEARS

     JUST SAYING AND ASKING?

    WHERE IS THE EXTENSIVE LIST OF THE DEVASTATION FOR FLOODING AND DROUGHT TO PUBLIC, PERSONAL AND PROPERTY AND LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE CAUSED BY THE REMOVAL OF THOSE DAMS?

    THIS APPROACH HAS MAJOR CHALLENGES, WITH IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE THAT SHOULD BE EXPLORED.

    A full list of dams removed from 1999 to 2015 can be found here.

    AMERICAN RIVERS IS THE ONLY ORGANIZATION MAINTAINING A RECORD OF DAM REMOVALS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    Klamath River Dam Removal: A Glimpse into the Future – OARS

    https://www.oars.com/blog/klamathriverdamremoval/

    The Klamath River dam removal project is poised to be the largest in history. Here’s what that means for the future of the river

    THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE AMERICAN CITIZENS BE  DAMNED…

    JUST RIP DOWN FOUR MORE DAMS ON THE KALMATH RIVER

    This Will Be the Biggest Dam-Removal Project in History

    news.nationalgeographic.com/…/160411-klamath-glen-canyon-damremoval-video-a…

    APR 11, 2016 – Federal officials, the states of Oregon and California, and the utility PacifiCorp

    NATIONWIDE, MORE THAN 1,300 DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AS OF 2015. … “Many people have benefited from the development and changes at the …

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    AND MANY PEOPLE HAVE NOT. period

    The removal of  two dams on the Elwha River in WA State  2011-2014 “WAS”  previously the biggest dam removal in History.

    Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    Posted on January 11, 2017 4:26 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed

    A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE

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    THE FUTURE OF TAXPAYING HOME OWNING AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE AMERICAN CITIZENS BE  DAMNED…

    JUST RIP DOWN FOUR MORE DAMS ON THE KALMATH RIVER

    California’s Flood Future – California Department of Water Resources

    www.water.ca.gov › Flood Topics › FloodSAFE California › Newsletters

    As part of the public comment period for California’s Flood Future, DWR and USACE … In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious …

    Key findings from California’s Flood Future include:

    • CALIFORNIA IS AT CATASTROPHIC RISK FOR DEVASTATING FLOODS.California’s diverse geography contributes to the state’s significant flood risk. In many regions, peak flows — the largest volume of water flowing per second through a water system — occur in a very short time frame, which spells disaster.
    • Flooding is a statewide problem. Every California county has experienced a federally declared flood disaster in the past 20 years. Counties with relatively low risk for a major flood event would be impacted by the results of a catastrophic flood elsewhere in the state, when employment centers, transportation facilities, utilities and the economy are affected.
    • THE IMPACTS OF A MAJOR FLOOD WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO CALIFORNIA AND TO THE NATION.In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious impact on its economy and environmental resources. A major flood in California, which has one of the world’s largest economies, will have an unprecedented impact on the national economy as well. With many more people and structures per square mile in California’s urban areas, the state would likely see much higher recovery costs from a major flood than the $110 billion that has been spent on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita or the $60 billion that has been appropriated for recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

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    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    by Nicholas Pinter, Rui Hui, and Kathy Schaefer

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.  The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework for reducing flood losses, but currently the best we’ve got.  NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively.  The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA.

    Over the history of NFIP, California is one of a few states that has – through dry years and wet – received only a small fraction of payments from NFIP compared to the premiums it has paid in.  Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of premiums collected (compared to 560% for the biggest recipient state, Mississippi).  For California, this imbalance exceeds $3 billion (2015 dollars) over 21 years, funds that could have been invested in risk-reduction, floodplain management, and reduced premiums.

    California has unparalleled expertise and a culture of progressive solutions for managing its flood risk; the state also has unique needs and intense pressures looking forward.  WITH THE US NFIP FACING AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE – >$20 BILLION IN DEBT, AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 – we recommend a careful look at California’s place in the NFIP.  In particular, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.  Properly implemented, a state-based insurance program and proactive flood mitigation strategies could synergistically benefit the environment, agriculture, recreation, and water resources.  THIS APPROACH HAS MAJOR CHALLENGES, WITH IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE THAT SHOULD BE EXPLORED.

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    THE GREAT FLOOD IN CALIFORNIA.; Great Destruction of Property Damage $10,000,000.

    The destruction of property was terrible. The water came so rapidly that most people had not more than an hour’s warning of the danger.

    Men, women, and children had stayed in houses thinking there was no danger; and when the flood rose they could not get away. Some of these houses were carried off, and boats were sent after them to rescue the human freight.

    And now, on the morning of the 9th of November,

    HERE CAME “THE AMERICAN RIVER” WITH A FLOOD THAT COVERED THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

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    HMMM… WHAT’S IN A NAME?

    “AMERICAN RIVERS” IS THE ONLY ORGANIZATION MAINTAINING A RECORD OF DAM REMOVALS IN THE UNITED STATES.

    Map of U.S. Dams Removed Since 1916 | American Rivers

    https://www.americanrivers.org/threats-solutions/…damaged-rivers/damremoval-map/

    We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we can find, and this map is a graphic representation of our long-standing research.

    A full list of dams removed from 1999 to 2015 can be found here.

    “AMERICAN RIVERS” WANT THIS MAP TO BE A GREAT TOOL, SO IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION TO UPDATE ANY PROJECT (OR TO ADD A MISSING PROJECT), let us know.

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    History matters… HISTORY REPEATS ITS SELF

    THE GREAT FLOOD IN CALIFORNIA.; Great Destruction of Property Damage $10,000,000.

    www.nytimes.com/…/the-great-flood-in-california-great-destruction-of-property-dam…

     Published: January 21, 1862

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    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S GREAT FLOOD OF 1997

    More than 100,000 Central Valley residents fled towns and farms, bracing for a wall of runoff flowing down from the Sierra. The National Weather Service ranks this as one of the five most disastrous weather events to hit California in the 1900s.

    The flooding’s toll came to eight dead, $1.8 billion in economic losses, 23,000 homes destroyed, and 2,000 businesses damaged or decimated. FORTY-EIGHT COUNTIES WERE DECLARED DISASTER AREAS, INCLUDING ALL 46 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017

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    HISTORY REPEATS ITS SELF 1862 – 1997

     MAJOR STORMS 2016-2017 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE.

    Powerhouse storm to blast California, catastrophic floods possible

    www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/01/06/california-rain…floods…/96251880/

    6 days ago – Record flooding is possible this weekend across drought-plagued California due to a powerhouse storm that’s forecast to slam into the state. … Much more than usual rain will pelt the state: The amount of rain that’s predicted …

     


  • PDN What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

    Feb 18, 2016 What’s Wrong With These PDN  Pictures?

    Peninsula News — Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Olympic National Park effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout

    NOTE: This report was initiated by the Peninsula Daily News.
    It was not an Olympic National Park Press release.

    National Endowment for the Arts chair, Rep. Kilmer hail Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center in tour

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    WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE RIGHT SIDE PRINT PICTURE?
    On the right side U.S. Rep Kilmer’s photo op picture is , BIG ART NEWS..Rep Kilmer traveled around the region. Kilmer said, “I have the honor of representing an area….
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    WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE LEFT SIDE PRINT PICTURE?
    OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is NOT IN THE PICTURE.
    Exactly three months ago ….Nov. 17, 2015 The Olympic Hot Springs Road (and trails) had a disastrous flooding event.
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    Exactly three months later…February 17, 2016
    THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

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    A picture is worth a thousand words, however documentation is priceless.

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    Behind My Back | ONP All Access Denied

    OUR LOCAL ONP All Access Denied IS STILL DENIED
    Posted on December 12, 2015 8:30 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    Dear Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray
    ONP ACCESS DENIED TO ALL CITIZENS – PUBLIC LAND – U.S. POPULATION 320 million, PLUS FOREIGN TOURISTS INCLUDING INHOLDERS, ON THE ELWHA RIVER – November 19, 2015-Dec 12, 2015
    Road Closed – Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) (storm damage)
    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK PAYING PUBLIC -TOURIST AND MANY PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS, ALONG THE ELWHA RIVER IN WA STATE NEED YOUR COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT TO PROVIDE LEGAL CERTAINTY OF ROAD REPAIRS AND CONTINUED PUBLIC ACCESS ON THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD, IN FOR AND TO ALL PUBLIC FACILITIES AND PRIVATE PROPERTY AREAS LOCATED WITHIN THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

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    OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is NOT IN THE PICTURE.

    Olympic National Park effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout
    “Bridging water troubles” on the Olympic Hot Springs Road.
    Peninsula News — Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is NOT IN THE PICTURE. in any sense, in the effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout.

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    Dec 12, 2015 I sent a request to for help to Dear Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray
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    ONP All Access Denied
    Posted on December 12, 2015 8:30 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    ONP ACCESS DENIED TO ALL CITIZENS – PUBLIC LAND – U.S. POPULATION 320 million, PLUS FOREIGN TOURISTS INCLUDING INHOLDERS, ON THE ELWHA RIVER – November 19, 2015-Dec 12, 2015
    Road Closed – Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) (storm damage)
    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK PAYING PUBLIC -TOURIST AND MANY PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS, ALONG THE ELWHA RIVER IN WA STATE NEED YOUR COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT TO PROVIDE LEGAL CERTAINTY OF ROAD REPAIRS AND CONTINUED PUBLIC ACCESS ON THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD, IN FOR AND TO ALL PUBLIC FACILITIES AND PRIVATE PROPERTY AREAS LOCATED WITHIN THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.
    No response from U.S. Rep Kilmer
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    Behind My Back | Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    Posted on January 28, 2016 8:17 am by Pearl Rains Hewett
    JAN 19, 2016 STILL, NO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK OR FROM MY ELECTED WA DC REPRESENTATIVE Rep. Derek Kilmer (a local son) , Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell
    JAN 19, 2016 THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.
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    OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is NOT IN THE PICTURE. in any sense, in the effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout.
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    Find Your Park Open Doors Remove Barriers – Behind My …

    Posted on February 10, 2016 11:47 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    On Mon Feb 8, 2016 2:30PM there was a meeting at Olympic National Park Headquarters regarding the closure of the Olympic Hot Springs Road to all public and private access. I told my story, expressed my concerns on the economic impact to the local community and asked my questions.
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    Feb 8, 2016 OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is STILL NOT IN THE PICTURE. in any sense, in the effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout.

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    Feb 16, 2016 THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.
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    FLH > Programs > Emergency Relief for Federally Owned …

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    Applicants are expected to prioritize the repair of ERFO projects that are in the public’s best interest, based on available funds. Federal agencies and local government entities have the responsibility to perform emergency repairs, shift project and program priorities, give emergency relief work prompt attention and priority over non-emergency work, and assist the Office of Federal Lands Highway in its stewardship and oversight responsibilities.
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    Feb 16, 2016 I called..
    Sergio Mayorga
    ERFO Program Manager
    Office of Federal Lands Highway
    Location: Washington, DC
    Phone: (202) 366-9491
    Email: sergio.mayorga@dot.gov
    He sent me an email response

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    —– Original Message —–
    From: Sergio.Mayorga@dot.gov
    To: phew@wavecable.com
    Cc: Scott.Johnson@dot.gov
    Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 9:25 AM
    Subject: Olympic National Park Issue

    Dear Ms. Pearl Rains Hewett,
    Thank you for your call this morning regarding access to the Olympic National Park. It is my understanding that you are an “inholder” (owner of private property ) inside the aforementioned NP unit. You asked me about the repairs being done to the road you use for access (Olympic Hot Spring Road). In order to be of further assistance to you. Please send me more information regarding your issue. I would like to know if the road was damaged and if so, when. I would like to know contact on the NPS I can talk. The Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program provides funds to Federal Agencies for the repair of damaged roads due to natural event. If an event has been approved for funding and the Olympic Hot Spring Road is part of event, more than likely we have provided some funds for the repairs. However, I would need more information.
    Thank you,
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    February 16, 2016 Mr Mayorga asked for an (ERFO) number.
    I called ONP for the (ERFO)

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    —– Original Message —–
    From: Winter, Brian
    To: pearl hewett
    Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 8:34 AM
    Subject: ERFO Request

    Pearl:

    I understand you called Lisa Turecek and requested the case number of the ERFO request. We don’t have a disaster (case) number yet. We sent in the Notice of Intent (intent to apply for funds as a result of storm damage) and Damage Survey Reports, but we have not yet received an official response from Western Federal Lands Highway Division.
    Thank you,

    Brian D. Winter, Ph.D.
    Elwha Project Mgr/Lands Mgr
    Olympic National Park
    600 East Park Avenue
    Port Angeles, WA 98362
    (360) 565-3006

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    My response to Mr Maroyga

    —– Original Message —–
    From: pearl hewett
    To: Sergio.Mayorga@dot.gov
    Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 3:01 PM
    Subject: Olympic National Park Issue

    Dear Mr. Mayorga,

    Thank you for your prompt response.

    On Mon Feb 8, 2016 2:30PM there was a meeting at Olympic National Park Headquarters regarding the closure of the Olympic Hot Springs Road to all public and private access. I told my story, expressed my concerns on the economic impact to the local community and asked questions.
    Clallam County Commissioner Bill Peach, and three,
    National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior,
    Olympic National Park local Representatives attended the meeting.
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    The road was damaged and if so, when.
    Nov. 17, 2015 The Olympic Hot Springs Road (and trails) had a disastrous flooding event
    The damaged roads and trails were due to natural event.
    Jan 2016 received recognition of Elwha River disastrous flooding event

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    As you requested ONP contact information
    M. Sarah Creachbaum (360)565-3004
    Superintendent, of the Olympic National Park
    Lisa Turecek, PE (360) 565-3150
    Chief of Facilities Management
    Brian Winter
    Elwha River Project Manager
    Clallam County Commissioner Bill Peach (360) 417-2238
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    Lisa Turecek, PE Chief of Facilities Management
    Nov 2015 file a notice notice of intent for Emergency Relief Program for funding
    Dec 2015 file a formal notice notice for Emergency Relief Program for funding
    Jan 2016 received recognition of Elwha River disastrous flooding event
    Yes, in Jan 2016, the Olympic Hot Spring Road event has been approved for ERFO funding.
    However, Jan-Feb 2016?
    A damage survey was required for ERFO amount of funding?
    Has the damage survey been completed?
    Has the ERFO amount of funding been submitted and approved?
    Additionally…
    My understanding from the the Feb 8, 2016 meeting is that there are two specific hold-ups. identified as, the Army Corp of Engineers and a required NOAA consultation under section 7.
    Commissioner Bill Peach, asked if the Olympic Hot Springs Road would be open by the 4th of July?
    In response, both Lisa Turecek, PE Chief of Facilities Management and Brian Winter Elwha River Project Manager answered.
    the Army Corp of Engineers must, be given time to respond, up to 60 days? Because a 100 foot bridge must be built.
    Brian, that tentative plans to proceed shall required NOAA consultation under section 7,
    Commissioner Peach, asked When will the road be reopened to public and private access?
    Lisa’s guesstimated was four months from the time that construction was permitted to start.

    At this point in time I am asking for help from anyone that can expedite the hold-ups, repair the Olympic Hot Springs Roads and trails, and, have public access completed for the 2016 tourist season that starts in late May.
    Tourism runs our local economy, it provides income to our business’s, jobs and income to our unemployed, and food on the plates of our hungry families.
    Thank you for your assistance
    I am concerned for the economy of our local community.
    Pearl Rains Hewett
    Inholder Olympic National Park
    Whatever it takes to get the job done.
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    Feb 18, 2016 OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is still NOT IN ANY PICTURE. in any sense, in the effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout.

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    I have received ZERO response from our elected representatives, U.S. Rep Kilmer and Senator’s Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.

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    THERE IS STILL NO ESTABLISHED TIMELINE YET FOR REPAIRS OR REOPENING DAMAGED ELWHA ROADS AND CAMPGROUNDS.

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    Olympic National Park does NOT EVEN HAVE AN Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.

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    OUR LOCAL U.S. Rep Kilmer is still NOT IN ANY PICTURE. in any sense, in the effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout.

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    ARE YOU BEGINNING TO GET THE PICTURE?

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    I AM GOING TO Rep. Kilmer’s TOWN HALL MEETING
    WITH THREE QUESTIONS FOR KILMER

    Thursday, February 18, 2016
    Clallam County Town Hall
    5:00PM – 6:30PM
    City Council Chambers
    Sequim City Hall
    226 N Sequim Avenue
    Sequim, WA 98382
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    Peninsula News — Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Olympic National Park effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout

    NOTE: This report was initiated by the Peninsula Daily News.
    It was not an Olympic National Park Press release.

    Full text..
    …Peninsula News — Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Olympic National Park effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout
    Olympic National Park effort underway to preserve stretch of Olympic Hot Springs Road near Elwha River washout
    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Crews are trying to preserve what’s left of Olympic Hot Springs Road near a massive washout in the Elwha River Valley, and Olympic National Park officials plan to provide pedestrian access through the area by the end of the month.

    “Downstream from the washout, the bank is beginning to erode near the roadway,” said Barb Maynes, park spokeswoman.

    Crews are making emergency repairs to stabilize the Elwha River bank to save parts of the road that remain, she said.

    Park crews will have to wait until the rainy season is over before they can begin repairing the gaping 60-foot section of Olympic Hot Springs Road that was washed out earlier this winter, Maynes said.

    The road is closed at the park gate at Madison Falls, 1 mile north of the washout.

    A pedestrian trail is being built to bypass the damaged and FLOOD-PRONE AREAS, and it should be open by the end of this month, she said.

    There is no set date for repairs to the road, she said, but the park hopes to have it open with temporary repairs in time for Memorial Day weekend at the end of May.

    The park was approved for a Federal Highway Administration emergency repair grant to make the temporary fixes, Maynes said.

    She said she did not know how much money the park would receive.

    A flood Nov. 17 reactivated a long-dry river channel behind the Elwha Campground, obliterating a section of Olympic Hot Springs Road and inundating the campground with silt and debris.

    A second flood Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 caused additional damage to both the road and campground.

    Engineers are working on both temporary and permanent designs that will have to meet strict environmental standards because the Elwha River is a major salmon-producing stream, Maynes said.

    Currently, park maintenance employees are accessing areas south of the washout via a temporary bridge that spans part of the gap and has to be removed every time conditions indicate the water might rise, she said.

    Park officials are trying to complete temporary repairs by Memorial Day weekend to allow visitors to access the Glines Canyon overlook, several trailheads and the Olympic Hot Springs.

    Rehabilitation plans

    Long-term repairs to the road will be part of a planned large-scale rehabilitation of the aging visitor infrastructure of Elwha Valley roads, trails and campgrounds, Maynes said.

    Park planners expect to begin taking public comment and complete environmental studies on the project in a year or two, after which the park will complete the work, which should leave the area in good shape for visitors for decades, she said.

    Hot springs reopened

    The Olympic Hot Springs — natural hot spring pools located 2.5 miles above the Boulder Creek Trailhead — have reopened.

    The pools were closed in October after Silverdale resident Bruce Gunderson was found dead in one of them.

    An autopsy performed Oct. 30 revealed that the manner of death was an accident and the cause of death was freshwater drowning.

    Park officials kept the pools closed after the death due to the possibility of health risks.

    Once the pedestrian path is established, visitors can hike or bicycle the 10-mile route to the hot springs.

    Campground fates

    Two campgrounds in the Elwha Valley are closed, and only one is likely to reopen soon.

    The silt and debris covering the Elwha Campground will have to be removed and repairs made, Maynes said.

    Once that work is done, the campground is expected to reopen sometime this summer, she said.

    The Elwha River changed its course during a December 2014 flood and removed several Altair Campground campsites as the main channel moved across its historic floodplain.

    “Most of [Altair] is gone,” Maynes said.

    The future use of the remaining portions of the campground is under consideration, she said.

    In other parts of the park, Graves Creek Road in the Quinault area remained closed to cars due to a road washout caused by the same storms that damaged Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    Access to the Enchanted Valley trailhead remains open for hikers, but with a longer walk from cars to the trailhead, Maynes said.
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    This report was initiated by the Peninsula Daily News.
    It was not an Olympic National Park Press release.
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    Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at arice@peninsuladailynews.com.
    Feb 18, 2016 11:45AM I called Reporter Arwyn Rice regarding a follow up story.
    And, I emailed this comment to Arwyn Rice at the Peninsula Daily News.


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    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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    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/
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    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/california-wildfire_55ff…
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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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    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
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    California wildfires burn hundreds of homes – CNN.com
    www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/us/california-wildfires/
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    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/
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    Wildfires In Northern California Kill 6 People, Destroy Nearly …
    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/california-wildfire_55ff…
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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


  • Federal Fire Fighting Nonsensical Restrictions?

    Federal Fire Fighting Nonsensical Restrictions?

    Common sense would dictate that US forest fires should be put out, where ever they are, as quickly as possible by any and all available means.

    As Congress would have it, fighting wild fires on the federal government owned, roughly 635-640 million acres, 28% of the 2.27 billion acres of land in the United States, is controlled by the United States Forest Service.
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    This is the second year that Montana has been barred from DEPLOYING STATE HELICOPTERS TO PUT OUT FIRES ON PUBLIC LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE. “This makes no sense, and puts the safety and property of Montanans at risk,” Governor Bullock said.

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    CBS contacted the U.S. Forest Service Region headquarters in Missoula and said, “they responded with a statement, but said they’re not taking questions on the issue at this time. Public Affairs Staffer Elizabeth Sloan declined to comment on the accuracy of Governor Bullock’s letter, but, as part of a prepared statement, said:
    “THE FOREST SERVICE AND THE STATE OF MONTANA HAVE DIFFERENT STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS TO WHICH EACH MUST ADHERE.”
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    DIFFERENT STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS? (forget common sense)
    As Congress would have it, The Wilderness Act of 1964, banned the use of motorized vehicles, bulldozers, chainsaws, etc. for firefighting on, wild, wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, and CULTURAL resource land, etc.

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    Unfortunately, As Congress would have it, the United States Forest Service is limited by and barred from putting out fires, or allowing states to put out fires on federally controlled lands because of the incessant federal bureaucracy DIFFERENT STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS that cripples America.

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    There is a HUGE difference between WILDLAND forest fire fighting, where WILDLAND is by definition, land that has not been cultivated, especially land set aside and PROTECTED AS A WILDERNESS.

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    The DOI, National Parks, POLICY on WILDLANDS and wildfires “Let it Burn?”
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    I think we need to read and take heed. Please feel free to send this far and wide. If this is happening in Montana, it would be totally stupid to think  it isn’t happening in Washington, Idaho and California.
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    From: Jennifer Fielder [mailto:sen.jfielder@legmt.gov]
    Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2015 11:43 AM
    To: undisclosed-recipients:
    Subject: Update From Sen Fielder – Feds won’t let state put wildfires out
    MONTANA
    Feds won’t let state put wildfires out
    Here is my article, the way I submitted it:
    By Sen Jennifer Fielder, R – Thompson Falls Aug 24, 2015 (note to readers below)
    What’s wrong with this picture? The federal government admits they don’t have the resources to fight the fires. But when Montana mobilized our state firefighting aircraft, the feds told Montana firefighters to stand down.

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    It’s been happening all over the west. People are being evacuated, homes burning, thousands of wild animals and livestock destroyed. Billions of dollars in valuable timber and other property is going up in smoke. Lakes, streams, and fisheries decimated. And state owned firefighting aircraft are barred from putting out fires on federally controlled lands because of the incessant federal bureaucracy that is crippling America.

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    Last Friday Governor Steve Bullock wrote a letter to the Obama administration asking them to lift the “nonsensical restrictions”. The Governor declared a state of emergency and authorized Montana National Guard troops and the state’s wildland firefighting aircraft to assist in putting out the wildfires burning on federally controlled lands in Montana.

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    “I am doing my part to mobilize every available firefighting resource at my disposal, and make them available to all fire protection agencies,” Bullock wrote in the letter. “I encourage you to do your part by directing leadership within your respective agencies to rescind this unnecessary and artificial restriction on Montana aircraft as soon as possible.”
    Newsmax reported late Friday: Bullock spokesman Mike Wessler said U.S. fire managers barred the use of UH-1H helicopters over federal land because they have objected to modifications to the state’s fleet that made them faster and able to carry more water. Bullock said in the letter that Montana pilots who have flown UH-1H helicopters on hundreds of wildland fire missions have been told to stand down as blazes broke out “in full view of our aviation staff, who watched them grow as federal firefighters waited for other ‘approved’ aircraft to be dispatched from distant locations.
    The modifications made on the fleet did not impact its flight worthiness and it has been used numerous times to battle blazes on state and private lands, with no accidents, Wessler told Reuters on Friday.
    Bullock’s letter comes as U.S. fire managers have said the nation’s firefighting resources, including crews and aircraft, are stretched thin amid a season that has brought destructive and even deadly fires to the U.S. West.
    CBS News also released similar accounts: The State of Montana has five specially-modified military surplus Bell helicopters that it uses to fight fires. [Montana DNRC Director] Tubbs says the Forest Service doesn’t acknowledge the special modifications the state has made that make Montana’s choppers safer and more effective than similar helicopters that the federal agency restricts.
    “They’re very effective,” Tubbs says. “The first firefighter that can get to a scene is one of our Bell 205s, most times. They carry a crew of 7 firefighters, so there’s a manager, 6 firefighters and a pilot. They deploy the firefighters on the ground, the firefighters hook the bucket up, the bucket goes up, they find a water source, and they start fighting that fire both on the ground and with water [dropped from above]. They’re one of the reasons that [the state of Montana is] so effective at stopping fires at less than 10 acres, and that saves money and cuts risk.”

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    CBS contacted the U.S. Forest Service Region headquarters in Missoula and said, “they responded with a statement, but said they’re not taking questions on the issue at this time. Public Affairs Staffer Elizabeth Sloan declined to comment on the accuracy of Governor Bullock’s letter, but, as part of a prepared statement, said: “The Forest Service and the State of Montana have different standards and regulations to which each must adhere.”

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    This is the second year that Montana has been barred from DEPLOYING STATE HELICOPTERS TO PUT OUT FIRES ON PUBLIC LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE. “This makes no sense, and puts the safety and property of Montanans at risk,” Governor Bullock said.

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    On this the governor and I agree. Perhaps now we can convince him to join with other states in preparing for management of federally controlled public lands to be turned over to the states. I have no doubt Montanans can and will do better than WA DC.

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    Sen Fielder represents Senate District 7 which includes all of Sanders County and Mineral County, and a southwest portion of Flathead County and western-most Missoula County. She can be reached at Sen.Jennifer.Fielder@mt.gov, by signing in at www.jenniferfielder.us, or by mail at P.O. Box 2558 Thompson Falls, MT 59873.
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    SPECIAL NOTE TO READER: Local paper: “Feds don’t help firefighting effort”, incorrectly attribute statement to Sen. Fielder
    SPECIAL NOTE TO READER: Earlier this week, I released the article below to the Sanders County Ledger with the headline as shown “Feds won’t let state put wildfires out”. The Sanders County Ledger retitled my article, “Feds don’t help firefighting effort”. This is an egregious misrepresentation of the content of my article (which, you can see below, in no way indicates that the feds are not helping firefighting efforts). Of course, the federal government has hundreds of firefighters and support contractors working the fires, many putting in valiant efforts to combat the blaze. My column points out, factually, that the federal government will not allow state firefighting aircraft to work on putting out the fires. (With the state’s help, some of these fires likely could have been extinguished before they grew out of control, as the state of Monatana has a stellar track record for stopping wildfires before they exceed 10 acres in size).
    I have requested that the Sanders County Ledger publish a retraction and apologize to their readers and the firefighters for the horrendously incorrect statement, “Feds don’t help firefighting effort”, and to make it clear it was the Ledger who made this remark, not me.
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    IDAHO
    Wildfires spark debate

    The bottom line
    “People can rant and rave about global warming being the cause of the fires, but the real reason is there is so much fuel out there and the reason for that is because the forest is not being managed,” Corkill said. “This is an irresponsible waste of a national resource. It seems it is acceptable to let a tree burn, but not acceptable to harvest a tree to build someone a house.”
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    Lawmakers say changes needed; Forest Service says it’s doing its best with available funds

    Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2015 12:00 am | Updated: 1:17 am, Sun Aug 30, 2015.

    Wildfires spark debate By BRIAN WALKER/bwalker@cdapress.com The Coeur d’ Alene Press | 25 comments

    Brad Corkill is fuming over the wildfires that have devastated the Northwest this summer.

    “In my opinion, these fires are completely avoidable,” said Corkill, owner of Whiteman Lumber Co. in Cataldo and an Idaho Fish and Game commissioner.

    “The Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe national forests have not had a major fire since the early 30s. These forests were, until 1993, two of the most heavily managed in the entire U.S. Forest Service system. They were logged in a responsible, professional manner.”

    Corkill is a 40-year veteran of the timber industry, including 37 of those years in North Idaho. He believes changes in forest management over the past 20 years have led to wildfires raging out of control this summer.

    “The road system was well-maintained (years ago) so, if a fire did break out it, it could be accessed and dealt with,” Corkill said. “Now those roads are being eliminated … .”

    Corkill said the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe rivers were known as world-class trout fisheries, but cringes at the thought of what they may be like next spring after this summer’s fires.

    Jason Kirchner, public affairs officer with the U.S. Forest Service’s Idaho Panhandle National Forest, said his agency has been dealing with 70 different fires over 35,000 acres in the Idaho Panhandle this summer.

    He said the USFS is doing the best it can with forest management with the funding it receives, but funding has decreased 10 to 30 percent per year since 2012.

    “We’ve done a great job with management with the budgets we’ve received,” he said. “We’ve been more efficient with our dollars than what Congress expected. With that said, we can only do what we’re funded to do. Most federal budgets have decreased, and ours have been among them.”

    Kirchner said forest management is an “enormous” task that also includes restoring watersheds and wildlife habitat, hazardous fuel reduction and prescribed burns.

    “There’s more to forest management than just logs,” he said. “The American people have an expectation to do more than logging, and that’s reflected by the budget our forests receive from Congress.”

    In addition to taking care of natural resources, the USFS is the largest firefighting agency in the nation, Kirchner said.

    He said most of the region’s wildfires have been lightning-caused.

    “We’re never going to be able to avoid wildfires,” he said. “This is also not a national forest problem. There have also been major fires on BLM lands, state lands and private timberlands. This is not unique to federal lands.”

    Kirchner said citizens are encouraged to be involved in forest management through collaborative groups and comment periods.

    “We ask the public to help us drive projects – not just when projects are proposed but year-round,” he said. “We want healthy national forests.”

    Suzanne Wrasse, a spokeswoman in office of Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said simply increasing the Forest Service budget will not decrease fire severity.

    She said Risch has and will continue to support efforts that will increase forest management on federal lands, including the Farm Bill that was signed into law that gives the USFS the ability to use a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act for the treatment of forests that have or will be prone to disease and insect infestation.

    “The implementation of this authority needs to be expanded greatly,” Wrasse said. “We have a tremendous amount of natural resources in Idaho. These resources can be and should be harvested in a sustainable manner to restore forest health. The status quo leads to stand-replacing crown fires and the worst air quality in the country.”

    Rep. Ral Labrador, R-Idaho, wrote via email he agrees that a lack of forest management has increased the frequency and intensity of the fires as USFS timber harvests have declined 80 percent in the past three decades, leaving forests unhealthy and dense with fuel that leads to catastrophic fires.

    “The core of the problem is a burdensome statutory and regulatory framework that invites legal challenges that interfere with good management,” Labrador wrote, adding that the USFS acknowledged the problem in its own 2002 report called “The Process Predicament” that concluded the agency has had trouble fulfilling its mission.

    Labrador wrote that states are more capable of forest management, which is why he reintroduced this session the Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act, which would establish pilot projects to allow states to manage as much as 2 percent of USFS lands. The same bill passed the House in 2013, but the Senate did not consider it.

    Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, is the author of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act co-sponsored by Labrador and being considered by the House Resources Committee. The bill – which has a companion bill in the Senate that’s co-authored by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon – would allow disaster relief funds to pay for catastrophic wildfire suppression costs and ensure the USFS would have more funds for fuels reduction and other prevention work.

    Lawmakers say forest management legislation being floated eliminates “fire borrowing,” which occurs when funds are taken from the USFS fire prevention budget to cover the costs of fighting fires. That situation has kept the agency from getting out ahead of wildland fires, lawmakers say.

    Nick Goulette, project director of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, said homeowners and landowners also need to take responsibility to ensure their property is cleared of fuels as that practice can save homes.

    No one at the Kootenai Environmental Alliance in Coeur d’Alene could be reached for comment on Thursday and Friday.

    Corkill said responsible forest management is needed. And he believes that should be left to forest professionals, not attorneys involved in environmental lawsuits. He said the time to act on forest management is long overdue.

    The bottom line
    “People can rant and rave about global warming being the cause of the fires, but the real reason is there is so much fuel out there and the reason for that is because the forest is not being managed,” Corkill said. “This is an irresponsible waste of a national resource. It seems it is acceptable to let a tree burn, but not acceptable to harvest a tree to build someone a house.”

    http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_10cd3bb9-6734-500a-8653-59c6988a6540.html

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  • 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]

     


  • Ways and Means for Fighting 2015 Wildfires?

    Ways and Means for Fighting 2015 Wildfires?

    Images for CUTTING FIRE LINES with bulldozers IN 2015?

    WHY ARE FIREFIGHTERS CUTTING FIRE LINES BY HAND  using The famous Pulaski tool that combines a cutting axe blade on one side and a trenching tool on the other. IMPLEMENTS TO FIGHT A FOREST FIRE, ONE TO CHOP AND ONE TO HOE, the combined an axe and a grub hoe.

    May 1, 2014 – WHEN?  An approximately 30,000-pound machines can cut about one to three miles of fire lines per hour, depending on the circumstances. BULLDOZER …

    I watched some of the Aug 25, 2015 basic fire training exercises on TV. CUTTING FIRE LINES BY HAND USING THE FAMOUS PULASKI TOOL AND SHOVELS?  The first 125 Oregon Guard troops called up to fight fires completed their training on Tuesday. Part of the training includes a physical test, where you put on a 45-pound vest and walk three miles in 45 minutes, said Winston. Another 250 troops start training on Wednesday.

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    Nov 3, 2008 – THE BACK BONE OF THE WAR ON FIRE ARE THE “FIRE DOZERS”. CATERPILLAR D-6 IS A MASTER OF FIRE LINES WITH SKIN OF …

    WHY ISN’T THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH A CATERPILLAR D-6?

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    THIS IS A FEDERAL CONGRESSIONAL ISSUE.

    THE NATIONAL MONUMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DIGGING OF FIRE LINE, CUTTING OF FIRE LINE BY BULLDOZERS OR THE DROPPING OF RETARDANT BY AIR TANKERS “except to protect life or historic, important structures,” Rubin said.

    Because the Blue Basin Fire, and a small portion of the larger Sugarloaf Fire, ARE BURNING WITHIN THE NATIONAL MONUMENT, he said firefighters must change how they contend with the blazes.

    “There are so many fossil beds throughout there that THEY DON’T WANT US TO MAKE FIRE LINES,” BALLOU SAID. “THEY DEFINITELY DON’T WANT US TO USE BULLDOZERS.”

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     H.R.3465 — NATIONAL FOREST ROADLESS AREA CONSERVATION ACT.

    NATIONAL FORESTS WERE PUT OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES. Various forms of this bill have been introduced by Inslee and Senator Cantwell since 2002.

     MALHEUR NATIONAL FOREST Chainsaw use is prohibited. NO VEHICLE TRAVEL on those FS roads where access has been impeded or blocked by earthen berm, logs, boulders, barrier, barricade or gate, or as otherwise identified in the Fire Order.

    08/15/2015: STRAWBERRY MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS IS CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE.

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    THE WILDERNESS ACT (SECTION 4 (C)) STATES

    THAT THERE SHALL BE “NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES”.

    REP DEREK KILMER, SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL AND PATTY MURRAY REINTRODUCED AND WANT MORE “NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES” AND MORE RESTRICTED WILD OLYMPICS, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS

    GOVENOR JAY INSLEE SUPPORTS THIS “WILD” LEGISLATION

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    THE NATIONAL MONUMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DIGGING OF FIRE LINE, CUTTING OF FIRE LINE BY BULLDOZERS OR THE DROPPING OF RETARDANT BY AIR TANKERS……

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    INDEED, THERE SHALL BE NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES, THE “FIRE DOZERS” CATERPILLAR D-6 ,THE MASTER BUILDER OF FIRE LINES,  ON THE HORRIFIC RAGING WILD FIRES BURNING  IN WA STATE.

    INSTEAD OF USING MOTOR VEHICLES “FIRE DOZERS”  TO FIGHT WA AND OREGON RAGING FOREST FIRES?

    The Aug 25, 2015 basic fire training exercises on TV. Firefighters are being taught TO CUT FIRE LINES BY HAND USING THE FAMOUS PULASKI TOOL AND SHOVELS?

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    Resources Falling Short as Washington Wildfire Grows Into Historic Monster

    NBCNews.com‎ – 21 hours ago

    Scores more firefighters raced Tuesday to the Okanogan Complex of fires, the biggest …

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    Washington state battles worst wildfire in history – MSN.com

    www.msn.com/en-za/video/comedy/…wildfire…/vi-BBm5i5n?…

    MSN

    1 day ago – “The only way to deal with them is like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. And there’s still a lot to eat,” Pechota said.

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    THIS IS AN AMERICAN  TRAGEDY,  THE LOSS OF YOUNG FIREFIGHTERS, THAT MAY WELL BE REPEATED

    The fire consumed them — killing the three men and injuring four others.

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     MY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES,

    GOVENOR JAY INSLEE  SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL AND MURRAY

    Officials mourn lost firefighters – The Wenatchee World

    https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/…/officials-mo…

    Wenatchee World

    6 days ago – Tidwell and Regional Forester Jim Peña joined a press conference at Chelan County’s Fire Station … PATTY MURRAY AND MARIA CANTWELL, U.S. Rep. … The three fallen men were the first to die upon being overtaken by a wildland blaze in … “These fires have burned a big hole in our state’s heart,” Inslee said.

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    THE WILDERNESS AND ROADLESS AREA AND REDUCING THE RISK OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES? (INCLUDING THE LOSS OF YOUNG FIREFIGHTERS)

    U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., introduced – THE WILDERNESS AND ROADLESS AREA “RELEASE ACT”  This is just common sense,” McCarthy said. “By opening these lands up to the residents of our local communities and across the country for their use and enjoyment, we can help create jobs, boost local economies AND REDUCE THE RISK OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES.”

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    JOE WALSH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, “Science changes,” Walsh said. “We like to use the latest science we have, SO WE’RE ALWAYS ON THE CUTTING EDGE.”

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    THE SCIENCE DIDN’T CHANGE…CONGRESS CHANGED THE RULES.

    Nov 3, 2008THE BACK BONE OF THE WAR ON FIRE ARE THE “FIRE DOZERS“. CATERPILLAR D-6 IS A MASTER OF FIRE LINES

    DOZERS: The Commanders of the War on Fire – YouTube

    May 1, 2014A BULLDOZER WEIGHING approximately 30,000-pounds  can STILL cut about one to three miles of FIRELINE PER HOUR, depending on the circumstances. ..

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    CONGRESS CHANGED THE RULES.

    H.R.3465 — National Forest “ROADLESS”  Area Conservation Act. NATIONAL FORESTS WERE PUT OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES.

    THE WILDERNESS ACT (SECTION 4 (C)) STATES THAT THERE SHALL BE “NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES, MOTORIZED

    THE NATIONAL MONUMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DIGGING OF FIRE LINE, CUTTING OF FIRE LINE BY BULLDOZERS OR THE DROPPING OF RETARDANT BY AIR TANKERS

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    THE SCIENCE DIDN’T CHANGE…CONGRESS CHANGED THE RULES.

    1983 Bulldozers in Fire Management: Current Designs and Uses

    https://books.google.com/books?id=eLXSSApNhbAC

    Robert W. Steele, ‎Richard J. Barney – 1983 – ‎Bulldozers

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    Behind My Back | The Roadless Crew Cantwell and Inslee

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/04/…/the-roadlesscrewcantwell-and-insl

    Apr 25, 2014 – The Roadless Crew Cantwell and Inslee. H.R.3465 — National Forest “ROADLESS”  Area Conservation Act. Various forms of this bill have been introduced by Inslee and Cantwell since 2002.

    NEARLY 60 MILLION ACRES OF NATIONAL FORESTS WERE PUT OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES, LIKE? OFF-LIMITS TO CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH BULLDOZERS during the Clinton administration.

    THE WILDERNESS ACT? (SECTION 4 (C)) STATES THAT

    THERE SHALL BE “NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES, MOTORIZED … LIKE? WILD AREAS OFF-LIMITS TO CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH BULLDOZERS?

    THE NATIONAL MONUMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DIGGING OF FIRE LINE, CUTTING OF FIRE LINE BY BULLDOZERS OR THE DROPPING OF RETARDANT BY AIR TANKERS

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    Washington’s Department of Natural Resources is looking for citizen volunteers who have red cards showing they have WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER TRAINING. People with blue cards showing firefighting equipment training are also needed.

    REALLY? WILDLAND?  FIREFIGHTER?

     THE WILDERNESS ACT? NATIONAL PARK WILDERNESS? WILD OLYMPICS? WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS? NATIONAL MONUMENTS? National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act

    LIKE  WILD AREAS OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES?

    LIKE? WILD AREAS OFF-LIMITS TO CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH BULLDOZERS

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    Images for CUTTING FIRE LINES with bulldozers 2015

    DOZERS: The Commanders of the War on Fire – YouTube

    ▶ 9:54

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=alECYNLdLec

    Nov 3, 2008 – Uploaded by Gérard Angé

    THE BACK BONE OF THE WAR ON FIRE ARE THE “FIRE DOZERS“. CATERPILLAR D-6 IS A MASTER OF FIRE LINES WITH SKIN OF …

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    1983 Bulldozers in Fire Management: Current Designs and Uses

    https://books.google.com/books?id=eLXSSApNhbAC

    Robert W. Steele, ‎Richard J. Barney – 1983 – ‎Bulldozers

    Reports on status and changes in use of bulldozers in fire control and related … BULLDOZERS ARE MAINLY UTILIZED TO CUT FIRE LINES TO MINERAL SOIL IN HEAVY FOREST FUELS …

     May 1, 2014 – The approximately 30,000-pound machines can cut about one to three miles of fire lines per hour, depending on the circumstances. Bulldozer …

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    Behind My Back | WOW Let Nature Take Its Course

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/07/14/wow-let-nature-take-its-course/

    JUL 14, 2015 – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WILDERNESS WILDFIRE POLICY “LET IT BURN” … FORESTS WERE PUT OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES, ROAD BUILDING … “

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    Fire Suppression – USFS History – Forest History Society

    www.foresthistory.org › … › Policy & Law › Fire

    Forest History Society

    Mar 17, 2015 – When the U.S. Forest Service was established in 1905, it was given managerial control of these lands, soon renamed national forests. … IT BEGAN WITH ALLOWING NATURAL-CAUSED FIRES TO BURN IN DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS.

    THE WILDERNESS ACT (SECTION 4 (C)) STATES THAT THERE SHALL BE “NO USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES, MOTORIZED ... Off-highways vehicles (OHVs) are typically four wheel drive vehicles, …. lands were first put offlimits to development as Wilderness Study Areas.

    THE WILDERNESS ACT? NATIONAL PARK WILDERNESS? WILD OLYMPICS? WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS? National Forest “ROADLESS” Area Conservation Act

    LIKE WILD AREAS OFF-LIMITS TO MOTOR VEHICLES?

    LIKE? WILD AREAS OFF-LIMITS TO CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH BULLDOZERS

    AND WOW, THE NATIONAL MONUMENTS?

     THE NATIONAL MONUMENT DOES NOT ALLOW THE DIGGING OF FIRE LINE, CUTTING OF FIRE LINE BY BULLDOZERS OR THE DROPPING OF RETARDANT BY AIR TANKERS

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    MALHEUR NATIONAL FOREST Chainsaw use is prohibited. NO VEHICLE TRAVEL on those FS roads where access has been impeded or blocked by earthen berm, logs, boulders, barrier, barricade or gate, or as otherwise identified in the Fire Order.

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    Public-Use Restrictions – USDA Forest Service

    www.fs.usda.gov/…/alerts-notice…

    United States Department of Agriculture

    Restrictions can affect where you are allowed to smoke, the types of roads you can … roads WHERE ACCESS HAS BEEN IMPEDED OR BLOCKED BY EARTHEN BERM, LOGS, BOULDERS, barrier, barricade or gate, or as otherwise identified in the Fire Order.

    LIKE? OFF-LIMITS TO CUTTING FIRE LINES WITH BULLDOZERS WHERE ACCESS HAS BEEN IMPEDED OR BLOCKED BY EARTHEN BERM, LOGS, BOULDERS?

    INSTEAD OF USING MOTOR VEHICLES  LIKE, “FIRE DOZERS”  TO FIGHT WA AND OREGON RAGING FOREST FIRES?

     The Aug 25, 2015 basic fire training exercises on TV. Firefighters are being taught AND TRAINED TO CUT FIRE LINES BY HAND USING THE FAMOUS PULASKI TOOL AND SHOVELS?

    GO FIGURE?

    JOE WALSH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, “Science changes,” Walsh said. “We like to use the latest science we have, SO WE’RE ALWAYS ON THE CUTTING EDGE.”

    THE SCIENCE DIDN’T CHANGE…CONGRESS CHANGED THE RULES.


  • Fish Before People Regardless of Cost

    Fish Before People Regardless of Cost

    The court held that the protection of EVERY ENDANGERED SPECIES is the highest priority of the federal government, REGARDLESS OF THE COST.

    California’s worst drought in 1200 years in pictures – BBC.com

    FARMERS BEFORE FISH?

    The petition was denied on January 12, 2015.

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    Stewart & Jasper Orchards v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Issue: Representing several California farmers, PLF attorneys are challenging the biological opinion (BiOp) by federal agencies used to restrict water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect the Delta smelt, a small fish listed under the Endangered Species Act. In 2012, PLF previously sought Supreme Court review of the case on a Commerce Clause challenge because smelt are in intrastate species, but the High Court denied cert. With a recent adverse ruling at the Ninth Circuit on the biological opinion, it sets up reconsideration of the Supreme Court’s TVA v. Hill decision, relied on by the Ninth Circuit to uphold the smelt BiOp. In TVA v. Hill, the court held that the protection of every endangered species is the highest priority of the federal government, regardless of the cost. The result has been a heavy-handed, top-down bureaucracy that frustrates human interests and species conservation.

    Status: On July 23, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied rehearing before the entire court, leaving an adverse ruling from March in place. PLF attorneys filed a petition for certiorari on September 30, 2014. The petition was denied on January 12, 2015.

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    Complex and contradictory laws, and court decisions, and regulations have made it nearly impossible for water to flow and our communities to grow

    Indeed, a  growing number of communities across the West have become impacted by severe drought conditions,

    Washington State Declares Drought Emergency

    www.huffingtonpost.com/…/washingtondrought-e
    The Huffington Post

    May 15, 2015 – Drought isn’t just a California problem, folks. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency on Friday

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    How complex is this?

    The court held that the protection of EVERY ENDANGERED SPECIES is the highest priority of the federal government, REGARDLESS OF THE COST.

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     As House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy explained, “California is enduring its worst drought in 1,200 years, and a growing number of communities across the West have become impacted by severe drought conditions.”

    This week, the House will consider a bill to address water policies in California and the West:

    Western Water and American Food Security Act (HR 2898)

    • Sponsor: Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) —Bipartisan— “Aims to make more water available to families, farmers, and communities in California and bordering Western states. The dedication of vast quantities of water to protect certain species of fish listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a significant obstacle hindering water delivery in Central and Southern California. HR 2898 will require federal agencies to use current and reliable data when making regulatory decisions, which in turn will provide more water for communities in need,” according to the bill sponsor. The bill will also provide federal regulators with direction and flexibility to capture water during periods of greater precipitation, which can be used to increase California’s water supplies dramatically. (Read bill text)

     


  • Port Angeles Sky Turns Yellow?

    Port Angeles Sky Turns Yellow?

    WHAT’S THE LATEST? START HERE…

    B.C. wildfire smoke hangs over the Northwest

    KING5.com‎ – 7 hours ago

    Susan Wyatt, KING 5 News 8:35 a.m. PDT July 6, 2015

    YELLOW SKY  INTERVIEWS WITH PA LOCAL PEOPLE

    HUNDREDS OF CALLS TO 911 TIE UP EMERGENCY LINES

    PORT ANGELES IS NOT IN THE PATH OF A FOREST  FIRE.

    HOWEVER, BE WARNED, THE PATH OF SMOKE IS SO INTENSE IN CERTAIN AREAS, IT’S CONSIDERED A  HEALTH RISK.

    Picture of the big orange sun on our grey sky

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    SMOKE FROM CANADA WILDFIRES STREAMING OVER PORT ANGELES

    By Associated Press Published: Jul 5, 2015 at 4:04 PM PDT Last Updated: Jul 5, 2015 at 9:50 PM PDT

    »Play Video

    PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – Fire officials in Washington state say smoke from wildfires in Canada, not Washington, is casting a haze over the Port Angeles area.

    Meteorologist Mike McFarland with the National Weather Service in Seattle winds are blowing smoke from wildfires burning on Vancouver Island southward, over British Columbia and into the Port Angeles area.  He says the HAZE? could hang over the area through Sunday evening.

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    MY FIRST COMMENT

    If you want to be misinformed…. read the LOCAL Peninsula Daily News

    The PDN said the Olympics, near Queets on Friday  and also Brinnon, as of Saturday..

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    My email

    —– Original Message —–

    From: pearl hewett

    To:

    Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2015 2:36 PM

    Subject: Smoke from ONP? Canadian wildfires ?

    Our sky is yellowish pinkish gray..

    It burns your nose when you go outside, where is it coming from?

    ONP? Canada??

    Air quality now? moderate???

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    CLIMATE CHANGED BY WILDFIRE POLICY?

     CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED BY CANADA’S WILDFIRE POLICY?

     According to the Environment Ministry, fires near communities get the highest priority, but the ministry DOESN’T EXTINGUISH THEM UNTIL THEY’RE WITHIN 20 KILOMETRES.

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    CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WILDFIRE POLICY

    PARADISE WILDFIRE LET IT SMOKE, SMOLDER AND BURN  UNTIL OCTOBER?

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    Sask. government’s 20 km firefighting policy criticized … – CBC

    www.cbc.ca/…/canada/…/sask-government-s-20km-firefighting-pol

    CBC.ca

    4 days ago – With wildfires threatening towns and villages across northern … CBC News Canada … Sask. government’s 20 km firefighting policy criticized … people to leave their homes due to heavy smoke and the proximity of the fires.

    There have been more than 520 forest fires so far this year, about three times as many the same time last year.

    They have forced more 5,000 people to leave their homes due to heavy smoke and the proximity of the fires.

    The communities themselves haven’t burned, although THE SMOKE IS SO INTENSE IN CERTAIN AREAS, IT’S CONSIDERED A MAJOR HEALTH RISK.

    Meanwhile, La Loche Mayor Georgina Jolibois says a long-running government policy is putting the communities at risk.

    ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY, FIRES NEAR COMMUNITIES GET THE HIGHEST PRIORITY, BUT THE MINISTRY DOESN’T EXTINGUISH THEM UNTIL THEY’RE WITHIN 20 KILOMETRES.

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    Thousands more evacuated as wildfires spread in Western …

    www.ctvnews.ca/canada/thousands-more-evacuated-as-wildfires-…

    CTV News

    Thousands more evacuated as wildfires spread in Western Canada. CTVNews.ca Staff Published Saturday, July 4, 2015 4:31PM EDT Last Updated Saturday …

    CBC News Posted: Jun 28, 2015 5:25 PM MT Last Updated: Jun 28, 2015 5:25 PM MT. Firefighters … WHILE THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE FIRES ARE CAUSED BY LIGHTNING…

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    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK POLICY
    Officials handling the Paradise Fire, which has been burning in a remote part of the Olympic National Park, say local 911 dispatchers in the area have been swamped with calls. They say there is no increased danger from that blaze, which has been burning for several weeks.

    Some of the smoke is traveling down the west side of the Olympic Peninsula.

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    Satellite image of fires in B.C., courtesy of NASA

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    You want to see something amazing.  Here is a picture from Scott Sistek’s (KOMO TV!) father’s home in Port Angeles today.  THE WORLD HAS TURNED YELLOW.  Surreal.

     

    Cliff Mass Weather Blog

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    8 hours ago – And a very dense area of smoke over Vancouver Island. … father’s home in Port Angeles today. THE WORLD HAS TURNED YELLOW. …. (differences from a 30-year normal) for Washington through May 2015. …. The signs in the sky are subtle, but if you can read the clouds they … And now the really serious news.

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    CLIMATE CHANGED BY WILDFIRE POLICY?

    WA STATE DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCE POLICY ON WILDFIRES?

    LIGHTENING CAUSED the Carlton Complex wildfire.

    LIGHTENING CAUSED The largest wildfire in WA State history.

    Images for carlton complex wildfire caused by lightning …

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    Carlton Complex | Wildfire Today

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    Dec 12, 2014 – Washington DNR demotes their Resource Protection Manager … Following the CARLTON COMPLEX OF FIRES THAT BURNED 300 HOMES AND 256,108 ACRES IN NORTH-CENTRAL WASHINGTON this summer, there have been calls …. Carlton Complex as seen from the Incident Base, July 17, 2014. …. Click here for the rules.

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    Property owners file claims against state for losses in …

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    Methow Valley News

    Oct 23, 2014 – … indicated the intention to file a claim but have not returned their forms to him yet. … DNR has not completed its standard after-incident review for the fire, which will … They include a map of the Carlton Complex Fire to show the location of … related to the Carlton Complex Fire (as of Oct. 27, 2014) (PDF file).

    Photo: Rick Sistek