Prayers Needed

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.


About mudranch

I live in the country, I love to take photos, I'm a shepherdess, I adore my husband and daughter, I walk in the will of Christ.

Posted on July 11, 2008, in Me, Nature, News, Rant. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. WOW. You have every right to be upset! I’ll be praying for your community and those around it. Keep us posted!

  2. Thanks for understanding Marchelle. It is so hard to see your friends and town burnt, especially when they’ve let it go on so long. I know that they can only do so much with the numbers of personnel they have working but usually around here when it gets in the public lands, they just let it go without putting it out even when they can. The Forest Service will actually say that if it is a lightning strike, then it is a natural cause and therefore they will not put it out until it hits private land. Even then it is CalFire aka CDF who puts it out and not Forest Service. Okay, off my soap box… again. 😉 Thanks again for the prayers.

  3. Hang in there! I’ll be sending prayers and postive thoughts and vibes that the fires ease off quickly without causing anymore damage.
    I don’t blame you for ranting either. I’d be doing the same.

    Sounds like a great idea might be a Goat Brigade? Herds of managed goats can come in to eat the brush naturally, leaving behind healthy fertilizer, too.
    Farmers rent their goats out….sort of like ‘rent-a-goat’. hehe
    I saw something about that happening overseas and possibly in the Northern California area and it seemed to really work well.

  4. Sending my thoughts, a wee prayer and some much needed rain over the pond to you.

    Take care and stay safe x

  5. I hope they get those fires under control soon and that your friends and neighboring communities come out ok. This is really a scary fire season this year. We have them out of control in our state as well.

  6. Yes, you have my prayers and more are on the way. We started a small prayer group at work during our lunch time. Seems lots of people right now need all the prayers they can get. Two people at work have lost their older children lately, very tragic. It seems to be a very early and tough fire season this year. Eastern Washington is on fire now also, 13 homes distroyed so far. Lets all pray for cooler and wetter weather and strength for all of the people fighting those fires.

  7. I hope everything is okay. The fires are scary and can be devastating. It would be sad to loose all of those historical places. Mostly, I hope you are safe and out of harm’s way!

  8. I came across your blog from Chronicles of a Working Mom and must say that I totally agree. We have been dealing with smokey air for over 2 weeks and I’ve had enough.
    I’m not sure if we are talking about the same fires in the same state but I believe that your rant was definitely warranted.
    I know things might be getting a little better but I will continue my prayers and good thoughts.

  9. 11th Hour for Cloud’s Herd,
    Please act now to stop this unnecessary and cruel round up— the BLM still plans to move forward on September 1st

    The Bureau of Land Management is rounding up and eliminating 12 herds (650 horses) off 1.4 million acres in Nevada right now– next they plan to destroy Cloud’s herd with a massive removal of 70 horses that would include OLDER HORSES and YOUNG FOALS.
    Many of the horses you have come to love in the Cloud shows and will meet in the new Cloud show on October 25th will lose their families and their freedom next week. By zeroing out whole herds and reducing others to below genetic viability, the BLM is circumventing the will of Congress. The House just passed the Restoring of American Mustangs (ROAM) act and the Senate will review this bill (now S.1579) when they return from recess in September. Is BLM just trying to do as much irrevocable damage to America’s wild horses as they can before Congress can act?
    This round up will start on September 1st unless we can stop it. Removing 70 horses will destroy this unique little Spanish herd, leaving them well below the bare minimum for genetic viability. The range is in great condition and the horses are healthy. This removal should be stopped. Please do all you can to help! Listen to Ginger Kathrens on Endangered Stream Live– a special edition show “Angels for Cloud”

    National Call in Day for Cloud is Friday, August 28th — SPREAD THE WORD! Have your kids call in and write too– These horses need to be preserved for future generations and we must act NOW

    1. Call/write/fax President Obama as often as you can—this herd is a national treasure and should not be wiped out by a government agency. Please flood the phone lines with calls! Phone: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-9000 Fax: 202-456-2461
    E-mail Obama

    2. Ask Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to stop this round up
    Call: 202-208-3100

    3. BLM Director Bob Abbey, tell him to halt this round up– he must reconsider his agency’s actions
    Call: 202-208-3801
    Fax: 202-208-5242

    4. Call and write your own Senators and Congress people- tell them that Montana is allowing the destruction of Cloud’s unique and historical wild horse herd. Politely express your outrage and ask them to help stop this round up. Find your state offices here

    Listen to Ginger Kathrens NOW on “WFL Endangered Stream Live”

    REMEMBER: National Cloud Call-In Day is FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th!

    Thank you to everyone for signing the petition- we only need about 400 more signatures!

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