Monday, August 26, 2013
It's fire season once again
The fires have started up again but fortunately we are not getting the horrid smoke we had last summer. There is one north of us and of course the one everyone is just sick about - the one closest to Yosemite. I hate change and when there are fires - there is drastic change to the landscape that hurts my heart. I know forest fires are part of the process, when they get out of hand - it's devastating.
In his journal turned book - Up and Down California, William Brewer, an American botanist was on the first Geological survey of California, mentions forest fires and how they actually keep on restoring the forests and how important they are. I know Redwood trees need the heat of a fire for seeds to germinate. Sure we'll all have to wait 100 years, but nature knows what it is doing. I can't say that about Cal-fire and the US Forestry service. They keep experimenting with new fire-fighting methods that don't work. Like last summer, when they did a controlled burn, during a hot and dry heatwave - it got out of hand and devastated a huge area of the Lassen area.
It's always that way - Bureaucrats keep sticking their book-learned ideas into how to put out fires, and overlooking the experience of those who are the ones actually putting out these fires and risking their lives.
I just pray for all the firefighters - we lost a fire-jumper about a month ago - young man with a family. What bravery and skill one must have, to jump inside a fire and fight it from within.
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