Well one of our fires has really gotten out of hand. We’ve had quite a few here in the North State that have gotten out of hand but now there’s one that fairly close by that is raging. The highway we take to get to the Big City is closed down and my favorite lake has fire coming right at it. There is a really neat 1800’s town that is in mandatory evacuation, and another 1800’s town that could be in danger.
This is when I wish they wouldn’t have dinked around with the fires when they first started and just snuffed them then. I do believe that a “healthy fire” is great, but when it is in the middle of July, there is only disaster waiting to happen. Actually it infuriates me that roads have been closed, logging stopped (mind you, I do not believe in clear cuts, but selective logging), and other enviornmentally dangerous (that’s right, environmentally dangerous, you heard it here first) things have been done around here by the government, namely US Forest Service and BLM. They’re on my list, both entities. It is amazing how those entities are no longer managing the forests and public lands but actually locking the public out of them and letting the brush grow without reduction and therefore leading to ladder fuels that let the fires burn in the crown of the trees where it gets out of hand. Yes, I’ve been there done that. Did you know that my town actually had a out of control “control burn” back in ’99 when the BLM thought it might be a good idea to continue with a scheduled burn to get rid of a noxious weed on July 2nd on a windy day! Oh yea, my town lost 23 houses and thank God that no one was killed as the fire was very fast moving and utterly devastating. What do we have now? We have brush, and lots of it where the BLM has refused to come in and clean up their mess. Yeah, you might say I have a bias opinion but really I believe they’ve become worthless.
Here’s a direct quote from the BLM’s website: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) might best be described as a small agency with a big mission: To sustain the health, productivity, and diversity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Interesting, then why the gates BLM? Oh, and is a noxious weed (that grew back by the following summer of ’00) worth the lives of people, animals, and land? Our mountains are still scarred. Do they care? I really don’t think so. And yes, I’m on a rant but this has happened too many times. I pick on the BLM and other government agencies because they seem to think that the land belongs to them and not us as the people. They shut us out, stop the logging which shuts down roads in which we could use to fight the fires and also keeps them in complete power which is what they shouldn’t have. They are here to serve the public, not step on us.
Signing off for now… miffed and upset by the fires. My prayers and thoughts are with those that are being evacuated and all the history that is about to go up in flames.