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The State Of California Is Never Going To Be The Same After This...
Mon, 08/24/2020 - 14:44
Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

The state of California sure has been through a lot this year.  The COVID-19 pandemic hit the state particularly hard, fear of the virus sent the unemployment rate soaring, civil unrest has ripped permanent scars in most of the major cities, and earlier this month a historic heatwave caused rolling blackouts all over the state for the very first time since 2001.  So California certainly didn't need anything else to deal with in 2020, because it has just been one thing after another all year long.  Unfortunately, it looks like the massive wildfires that have been roaring across the state over the last week are about to get even worse.  A "red flag" warning has been issued for Monday, and just about everyone is expecting this week to be a really, really bad week.

ut even if all of the fires ended right now, the devastation that we have already witnessed has been off the charts.  Hundreds of individual wildfires erupted after "12,000 lightning strikes" hit the state, and so far more than a million acres have been burned...

Firefighters have been battling more than 600 blazes – sparked by a staggering 12,000 lightning strikes – for a week. About 1.1 million acres of land has been torched. Most of the damage was caused by three clusters of fire "complexes" ripping through 1,175 square miles of forest and rural areas in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Those numbers are difficult for me to comprehend.

I would think that 12,000 lightning strikes must be some sort of a record for a single week, but I haven't been able to confirm that.  In any event, that seems like an exceptionally high number.

Similarly, it is hard for me to imagine a million acres that have been completely destroyed by fire.  It is a monumental tragedy that will take a really long time to fully digest.

Of course the fires are still violently raging as I write this article.  In fact, two of the five largest fires in the history of the state are roaring through parts of northern California right now...

In nearly a week, firefighters have gotten no more than the 17% containment for the LNU Lightning Complex fire in wine country north of San Francisco. It's been the most destructive blaze, accounting for five deaths and 845 destroyed homes and other buildings. It and a fire burning southeast of the Bay Area are among the five largest fires in state history, with both burning more than 500 square miles (1,295 square kilometers).

Overall, wildfires in the state have already caused more death and destruction in 2020 than they did in all of 2019.

Something that has been particularly sad to hear is that many redwood trees are being burned.  Some of those trees are over 1,000 years old, and we are being told that Big Basin State Park experienced "significant fire damage"...

  Biologists are watching closely as the blazes encroach on old-growth redwood trees in Northern and Central California, where some giants are more than 1,000 years old and are known by individual names. While some seem to have been spared, Big Basin State Park — the oldest state park in California — saw significant fire damage.

That is not just a loss for the state of California.

That is a loss for all of us.

Unfortunately, California's rapidly growing social decay has also been on full display during this crisis.  Looters have been hitting the evacuation zones pretty hard, and at last eight people have already been arrested...


The West on Fire - Forest and Timber Mis-Management and Agenda 21
« on: August 23, 2013, 09:34:30 AM »

Just a comment that with all the forest fires across the country ( going on for years! ) and the relative shut down of the timber industry for years ( raising the prices of lumber and homes) . One has to wonder at the millions upon millions of dollars worth of timber going up in flames in uncontrollable fires in a multi-year  drought season. Huh Why ?

The country spends millions (billions?) of dollars fighting these fires Why?  So we don't have logging roads as access and fire breaks?

This post is just a first shot at this subject...


Reforms needed to protect forests, strengthen timber industry
August 06, 2013 8:15 am  •  Guest column by STEVE DAINES
A U.S. Forest Service official recently acknowledged that the abundance of litigation has played a "huge role" in blocking responsible timber sales in Montana and other Region 1 states, including projects supported by collaborative groups consisting of timber and conservation leaders.

"It has virtually shut things down on the National Forest," U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Jim Hubbard stated during a recent Natural Resources Committee hearing.

The result: Montana used to be home to more than 30 lumber mills. Now we have just seven.

This has left numerous Montana counties without the necessary funds to provide for communities' needs, like emergency services and pay for teachers. It has also left our forests more vulnerable to wildfire. Last summer, Montana experienced one of the worst fire seasons in our state's history, and this year's fires have already consumed thousands of acres of trees. This is unacceptable.

Over the past few months, I've met with managers of Montana's lumber mills, conservation groups and local elected officials to have candid conversations about how we can revitalize our timber industry and keep our forests healthy.

Because as most Montanans recognize, the responsible and active management of our national forests is critical for the health of Montana's economy, as well as the health of our forests themselves.

That's why I'm proud to have helped introduce the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. This bill will help revitalize the timber industry throughout Montana and create thousands of good, long-term jobs. It also tackles beetle kill, protecting our environment for future generations and reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfires in Montana.

The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act will cut the red tape that has held up responsible forest management and timber production. It includes comprehensive reforms to discourage and limit the flood of frivolous appeals and litigation. It also requires the Forest Service to increase timber harvests on non-wilderness lands, now that it will have much-needed latitude to do its work. This improved management will protect the health of our forests and watersheds, the safety of our communities and jobs in the timber industry.

[ Fire ruin the value of trees for lumber: ]



The real damage from a forest fire is rarely obvious. When a tree is exposed to forest fire, the lumber value continues to decline throughout the tree's life span.

Forest fires in Kentucky usually burn close to the ground so they usually don't kill trees. Come springtime, the trees leaf out giving the false impression that the fire did no harm. However forest fires cause trees to continue to lose hardwood lumber value throughout their life spans-- even if there are no obvious, visible signs of damage.

Forest fires create entrances for diseases and insects; staining the wood that could be used for lumber; and cause rot to begin and continue. This means you'll get lower prices when you attempt to sell timber that has been exposed to fire. Foresters and log buyers can detect a past forest fire in a timber stand, even if the area has been fire free for many years.

Keep fires out of your stands to maintain and increase the future value of your timber.

Two fire seasons exist for Kentucky, one in the early spring (mid February to early May) and the other late fall (October through December). Conditions of warm temperatures, low humidity and a leaves on the ground dried by the sun are very conducive to forest fires.

It's important to remember that any land owner found responsible for a fire getting out of hand is accountable for the entire cost of suppressing that fire.

The True Cost of Wildfire in the Western U.S.

Promoting science-based forest management that serves the values of society and ensures the health and sustainability of western forests.
Original publication date: April 2009 Conclusions and recommendations updated: April 2010


The millions of dollars spent to extinguish large wildfires are widely reported and used to underscore the severity of these events.

Extinguishing a large wildfire, however, accounts for only a fraction of the total costs associated with a wildfire event. Residents in the
wildland-urban interface (WUI) are generally seen as the most vulnerable to fire, but a fuller accounting of the costs of fire also
reveals impacts to all Americans and gives a better picture of the losses incurred when our forests burn.

A full accounting considers long-term and complex costs, including impacts to watersheds, ecosystems, infrastructure, businesses,
individuals, and the local and national economy. Specifically, these costs include property losses (insured and uninsured), postfire
impacts (such as flooding and erosion), air and water quality damages, healthcare costs, injuries and fatalities, lost revenues (to
residents evacuated by the fire, and to local businesses), infrastructure shutdowns (such as highways, airports, and railroads), and a host of
ecosystem service costs that may extend into the distant future.

Day-lighting the true costs of fire highlights opportunities to use active management to curb escalating costs. Unhealthy forests can increase
the risk of fire.1 Investing in active forest management is therefore valuable in the same way as investing in one's own preventative
health care. Upfront costs can be imposing, and while the benefits may seem uncertain, good health results in cost savings that benefit
the individual, family, and society. This analogy helps to highlight the importance of fostering resilient ecosystems before fires occur, as a
tool for reducing the costs associated with suppression and recovery as well as extending the potential benefits of fire.

This report begins with an analysis of the many costs associated with wildfire. Several case studies illustrate a range of the full extent
of fire impacts, suggesting patterns that can be included in future budgeting and planning processes at all levels of government.

The true costs of wildfire are shown to be far greater than the costs usually reported to the public, anywhere from 2 to 30 times the more commonly reported suppression costs.

Finally, a series of recommendations help focus the way these costs might be better considered. As the number of acres burned each year continues to increase, there is a justifiable sense of urgency. With a new administration and an incoming Congress with many new faces, the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition sees a fresh opportunity to address this long-standing forest management challenge.


WILDLAND FIRES Forest Service and BLM Need Better Information and a Systematic Approach for Assessing the Risks of Environmental Effects
June 2004

Wildland fires can have dramatic effects on environmental resources and ecosystems, including production of large amounts of smoke, loss of trees,
and erosion of soil into streams and lakes.

However, fires can also benefit resources by recycling soil nutrients, renewing vegetation growth, and adding gravel to streams, which improves spawning habitat for fish. The 20 wildland fires that we surveyed burned over 158,000 acres of federal land and had complex, wide-ranging, and sometimes contradictory, effects on both individual resources, such as trees and streams, and ecosystems. For example, the short-term effects of the Missionary Ridge fire in Colorado that burned almost 50,000 acres of trees and other vegetation included increased debris and sediment that affected water quality in some areas. However, in other areas, officials said even dramatic changes to streams would not be detrimental in the long term.

The Forest Service and BLM gather specific information on the environmental effects of individual wildland fires, such as soil erosion. The
agencies do not, however, gather comprehensive data on the severity of wildland fire effects on broad landscapes and ecosystems—that is, large
areas that may involve one or more fires. The agencies recently developed a monitoring framework to gather severity data for fires, but they have not yet
implemented it. These data are needed to monitor the progress of the agencies' actions to restore and maintain resilient fire-adapted ecosystems, a
goal of the National Fire Plan.

The National Fire Plan directs the Forest Service and BLM to target their fuel reduction activities with the purpose of lowering the risk of environmental
effects from wildland fires in areas that face the greatest losses. However, the agencies do not systematically assess the risks across landscapes that
fires pose to different environmental resources or ecosystems or the risks of taking no action on fuel reduction projects.

At the landscape level,

the Forest Service and BLM do not have a formal framework for systematically assessing the risk of fire to resources and ecosystems, although some of the forests and BLM field offices have developed risk assessments on their own or in collaboration with regional, state, or local efforts.

At the project level,
while the agencies recognize the need to better analyze the risk of acting to reduce fuels versus not doing so, neither fire planning guidance nor National
Environmental Policy Act guidance specify how to do this. Opportunities exist to clarify how the agencies should analyze the effects of not taking
action to reduce fuels. The agencies can clarify interim guidance to implement the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, and the agencies can, in
conjunction with CEQ, further develop the lessons learned from a CEQ demonstration program carried out in 2003.

Without a risk-based approach,  these agencies cannot target their fuel reduction projects across landscapes or make fully informed decisions about which effects and project alternatives are more desirable.

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I think after all the forests have burned up millions in timber they will have create new policies of forest management (the old ones)  ( since all the forests have burned and there is no more fuel to burn OK? mission complete!  But they will never admit their policies were WRONG oh no  ) -


Bill would reduce excessive fuel loads on federal lands through livestock grazing and timber thinning

"The Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Arizona Cattle Growers' Association expressed strong support for the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013 (H.R. 1345), reintroduced with bipartisan support by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ. This bill, familiar from the last session of Congress, facilitates an expedited process to reduce hazardous fuel loads on federal lands through livestock grazing and timber harvesting.

The bill proposes to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire on areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management identified as high-risk. It would streamline analyses performed under the National Environmental Policy Act in those areas, expediting fuels-reduction activities such as livestock grazing and timber thinning. When threatened or endangered species are at risk, it would also allow for hazardous fuels-reduction projects to go forward under existing emergency provisions of the Endangered Species Act. Furthermore, it adds to last year's legislation by including contract stewardship and good neighbor authority measures, which facilitate the completion of forest management projects through public-private partnerships and cooperation with state governments.

PLC President Brice Lee and NCBA President Scott George agreed that the bill addresses the significant issue of catastrophic wildfire in the West by reducing administrative delays, expediting forest management processes, and encouraging better forest health and economic development.

"Last year, more than 9 million acres were burned in one of the worst fire seasons this country has seen in the last few decades. In that scenario, everyone bears the burden of habitat loss—ranchers, western communities, wildlife and the taxpayer, to name a few," Lee said. "We hope that Congress acts swiftly and moves forward with passing this legislation, so that ranchers and entire communities do not remain vulnerable during what may be another devastating fire season this year."

George added that fires threaten both rural and urban communities and impair the watersheds the public depends on.

"The red tape beleaguering USFS and the BLM when addressing wildfires is endangering the lives and operations of livestock producers, threatening the natural resources the public depends on, and hindering economic growth," said George. "This bill seeks to put an end to these issues and allow for better management of public lands."

The Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013 is a commonsense way to accomplish that and to prevent wildfires from destroying public and private lands across the West."

Date: 4/15/2013

H.R.1345 - Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013 113th Congress (2013-2014

Sponsor: Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4] (Introduced 03/21/2013)

Cosponsors: 16

Latest Action: 04/23/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry. [ dead dead dead !  Oh there is SO much more to burn in the west!!! ]
Major Recorded Votes: There are no Roll Call votes for this bill

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DO NOTHING Jokers on House  Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry :


Rep. Glenn Thompson, PA-5 Chairman Rep.
Timothy J. Walz, MN-1   Ranking Member



Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-7)
Rep. Scott R. Tipton (CO-3)
Rep. Eric A. "Rick" Crawford (AR-1)
Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2)
Rep. Reid J. Ribble (WI-8)
Rep. Kristi L. Noem (SD-At-Large)
Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-1)


Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-35)
Rep. Ann M. Kuster (NH-2)
Rep. Richard M. Nolan (MN-8)
Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC-7)
Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5)
Rep. Suzan K. DelBene (WA-1)

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Forest Fire
More on Forest Fire
Lake Tahoe Summit - Remarks
August 25, 2020 Speeches

It was great to be a part of the 24th annual Lake Tahoe Summit held on August 25th, 2020. A resilient Tahoe requires resilient forests – and resilient forests require active scientific management.

Four years ago, a bi-partisan effort achieved an important milestone toward that goal. We got a categorical exclusion from the National Environmental Policy act that streamlines forest management projects here in the Basin for fuel reduction.

Resilient Federal Forests Act
November 1, 2017 Speeches

Forty-five years ago, Congress enacted laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act, that promised to improve the health of our forests.

They imposed what have become endlessly time-consuming and ultimately cost-prohibitive restrictions on our ability to properly manage our national forests so that we can match the tree density with the ability of the land to support it. After 45 years of experience with these laws, I think we're entitled to ask, "How are the forests doing?" The answer is damning.


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"We Are Running Out of Forests to Save"
October 3, 2017

Mr. Speaker:

I want to thank Chairman Gosar of the Western Caucus for arranging this special order tonight.  The wildfire crisis facing our forests across the West comes down to a simple adage.  Excess timber comes out of the forest one way or the other. It is either carried out, or it burns out.  But it comes out.

When we carried out our excess timber, we had healthy, resilient forests and we had thriving prosperous communities. Excess timber sales from federal lands not only generated revenues for our mountain communities, but created thousands of jobs.  But in the 1970's, we adopted laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act that have resulted in endlessly time consuming and cost-prohibitive restrictions and requirements that have made the scientific management of our forests virtually impossible. Timber sales from the federal lands have dropped 80 percent in the intervening years, with a concomitant increase in forest fires.  In California alone, the number of saw mills has dropped from 149 in 1981 to just 27 today. 

Timber that once had room to grow healthy and strong now fights for its life against other trees trying to occupy the same ground.  Average tree density in the Sierra Nevada is three to four times the density the land can support. In this weakened condition, trees lose their natural defenses to drought, disease, pestilence, and ultimately succumb to catastrophic wildfire.


We Are Running Out of Forests to Save
•Oct 5, 2017

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Jim Hoft
Oregon Bystander Films Alleged Arsonists

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'I have never seen anything like this': Oregon towns emptied and confusion spreads amid fires
[The Guardian]
Jason Wilson in Molalla, Oregon
,The Guardian•September 11, 2020

In southbound lanes, meanwhile, dozens of local and state police cruisers, fire-and-rescue trucks and ambulances sped towards the town and the two megafires threatening its existence: the Riverside fire, which has burned 125,000 acres to the east of Mollala, and the deadly Beechie Creek fire, which has incinerated more than 182,000 acres, mostly in neighboring Marion county, while killing at least two, and destroying the lakeside town of Detroit.

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Several Oregon fires started with arson ...... how many others ? 

Published 6 days ago
Authorities arrest 4 in connection to possible arson, fires along West Coast
Two of the suspects remain unidentified, and authorities dismissed potential political affiliations

Four have been arrested on suspicion of arson in West Coast areas already under seige from major destructive and deadly blazes, according to reports.

As wildfires continue to rage across three states, police investigated separate incidents near existing wildfires. Two men in Washington state, one man in Oregon and one woman in California are facing charges, according to the Daily Wire.

The latest reports suggest that at least 20 people have died in California, eight in Oregon and one in Washington state as firefighters struggle to contain already deadly fires.

Ashland, Ore., Police Chief Tighe O'Meara announced Thursday that a criminal investigation was opened into the cause of the Alameda fire calling the circumstances around the fire 'suspicious'.

The fire sparked in Ashland Tuesday and although it mostly spared the Oregon Shakespeare Festival town, the blaze has killed two people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

"We have good reason to believe that there was a human element to it," O'Meara said, according to Reuters. "We're going to pursue it as a criminal investigation until we have reason to believe that it was otherwise."

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Facebook ....  (  many of the reports were hearsay ... others were not .... )

Facebook to take down false arson posts
Dennis Romero and Phil Helsel 6 days ago

Doctor who urged mask-wearing dies of Covid-19
25 Towns Devastated by Losing a Single Company
NBC News logo Facebook to take down false arson posts

Facebook said Saturday it would take down erroneous posts claiming anti-fascist activists have been maliciously sparking wildfires in Oregon and other Western states.

The announcement came after multiple organizations, including the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Oregon, issued warnings on social media about the false rumors, and another sheriff's department placed a deputy on leave after he was seen on video suggesting fires were being started by antifa adherents.

There is no evidence Oregon's fires were caused by arson from far-left activists.

"We are removing false claims that the wildfires in Oregon were started by certain groups," Facebook spokesman Andy Stone tweeted. "This is based on confirmation from law enforcement that these rumors are forcing local fire and police agencies to divert resources from fighting the fires and protecting the public."

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Four Arrested for Arson on the West Coast, One a 'Regular Attendee' of Anti-Cop Rallies in Seattle
Hannah Bleau 12 Sep 2020

Four individuals — two in Washington, one in Oregon, and another in California — have been arrested for arson as firefighters battle dozens of blazes across the West Coast. One of the arrestees is reportedly a "regular attendee" of anti-police rallies in Seattle.

Michael Jarrod Bakkela, 41, has been accused of arson, partially sparking the massive Almeda fire, according to the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. Oregon Live reported that he has been arrested on "two counts of arson, 15 counts of criminal mischief and 14 counts of reckless endangerment":


The Almeda fire has destroyed at least 700 homes and resulted in at least two fatalities.

Elsewhere, authorities arrested two individuals in connection with the fires in Washington. One of the suspects, Jeffrey Alan Acord, has been accused of setting a fire along Highway 167. He live-streamed himself on the scene of the fire and reported it to police, claiming that he "literally pulled over to call it in."

"Other drivers, however, told police they watched the 36-year-old Puyallup man walk into a field carrying a lighter and cardboard," KIRO 7 reported.

The outlet added that Acord is a "regular attendee at Seattle 'defund police' rallies." He is also facing charges for allegedly breaking into a gas station.

Jacob Altona, 28, has also been arrested in connection to arson.

Additionally, Anita Esquivel, 37, has been arrested for deliberately setting fires in California, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The news comes as Democrat politicians continue to blame the fires across the region on climate change. Politicians, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), are largely using the devastation to push for a Green New Deal but continue to ignore the reality of poor forest management and environmentalist policies that contribute to the massive wildfires, such as putting an emphasis on "fire suppression" rather than prescribed burning.

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Anita Esquivel is a California woman who is accused of setting arson fires along Highway 101 near Salinas, California.

She is one of several people on the west coast to be charged recently with setting arson fires as states battle major wildfires, and authorities push back against what they say are false rumors that Antifa is involved.
According to KION 5/46, the Monterey County District Attorney said there was no evidence Esquivel is tied to Antifa.

It's not just the California suspect. On social media, some people are alleging that Antifa is behind a series of arson fires. However, authorities are pushing back against that information (although one Washington State suspect, Jeffrey Acord, was a BLM activist.)

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'It's like God has no sympathy': Wine Country residents shaken by relentless onslaught of wildfires
By J.D. Morris Updated 10:09 am CDT, Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Residents of the North Bay's Wine Country have become tragically familiar with fast-moving wildfires that erupt in the dead of night amid intense autumn winds, forcing them to flee for their lives.

The reactions have varied: Some people have moved away. Some have stayed and pushed fire-safety reforms. Most are simply trying to cope with a new seasonal fear and frustration.

Interactive map: The fires that have scarred Wine Country


In Santa Rosa, the repetitive nature of the fires over three years is taking its toll on those who chose to rebuild or move to another neighborhood in the area, only to be evacuated again. The Skyhawk neighborhood, where homes burned on Monday, is one of the places where people who lost homes in the Tubbs Fire chose to relocate.

earlier: arsonists are plentiful .. and active ....

3 Firefighters Injured, 1 Critically, Battling Dolan Fire Near Big Sur; Fire Doubles In Size
September 8, 2020 at 11:57 pm

A suspect, identified as 30-year-old Fresno resident Ivan Gomez, has been arrested on arson charges in connection to the fire. Gomez was first detained on August 18 near the origin of the fire in the John Little State Natural Reserve.

Dolan Fire arson suspect Ivan Gomez (Monterey County Sheriff's Office)
He was booked into the Monterey County Jail for arson of forest lands and held on $2 million bail.

Santa Rosa Arson suspect caught
•Jan 7, 2013

SANTA ROSA ARSONS: Suspect arrested in walking trails arson case
•Jul 3, 2018

Santa Rosa police arrest arson suspect
PUBLISHED: January 16, 2020 at 5:55 p.m

SANTA ROSA — Santa Rosa police arrested a man suspected of arson and attempted arson earlier this month.

Yusuf Amir Al-Nasr, 37, of Santa Rosa, was arrested on suspicion of arson that damaged a vehicle and residence in the 300 block of Fenwick Drive on Saturday, an attempted arson in the same location on Jan. 8 and an arson in the 2600 block of Rosevine Lane on Monday, police said.

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"Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment."

County Supervisors Blame Bad Policies - Not Climate Change - For California Wildfires
Monday, Aug 30, 2021 -

Authored by Brad Jones via The Epoch Times,

Ineffective forest management policies are much more to blame than climate change for the massive destruction from wildfires in recent years in California, says Sierra County Supervisor Raul Roen.

Fighting wildfires, he said, has morphed into a "self-sustaining" industrial complex, he told The Epoch Times.

    "It is out of control. The intent is no longer to put fires out, it's to manage budgets. It's just embarrassing, and that's what I do for a living. I would be the first to say it, and I'm on the record saying it," Roen said.

In addition, interference from environmental lobbyists has turned forest management, forestry, firefighting, and wildfire prevention into a "train wreck," he said.

"It's just really frustrating. I've been in fire work for 25 years and what we're doing today is not working. We've got to do something different because this is just getting ridiculous," Roen said.

Meanwhile, California lawmakers have delayed a wildfire oversight hearing indefinitely amidst the lead-up to the recall election on Sept. 14, when California voters will decide whether to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Scathing Letter

Butte County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Connelly on Aug. 12 drafted a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Randy Moore over how the Dixie Fire and last year's North Complex Fire were handled. However, the letter was revised to "make it less tense," and to reflect the views of the entire board before it was sent.

The original draft accused the Forest Service of dereliction of duty and demanded an investigation into the way the Dixie Fire and last year's North Complex Fire were handled.

    "Because of the gross negligence of the USFS fire management philosophy, we no longer have trust and confidence in the decision-making process being used by the USFS," it read.

The final letter was sent 12 days later. It stated: "The fire suppression philosophy of the USFS needs to be questioned. The 'fire use policy' which has been used consistently by the USFS [which allows a fire to burn provided it does not pose an immediate risk of damage to homes or lives] is clearly not effective in these times. This practice in recent years has not worked. With the extreme dry conditions and weather patterns, fires are able to burn over 15 miles in one day."

The letter also acknowledges that the Forest Service has recently stated it "will discontinue this policy for this fire season."

Both versions of the letter request reimbursement for costs related to the county's response to the fires and recovery efforts.


'Thinning the Forests'

Roen said the main reason California continues to fight so many devastating forest fires is because Cal Fire and the U.S Forest Service keep making the same mistakes "over and over again" and expecting a different outcome.

The first mistake, he said, was allowing environmental groups, such as the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club, to stand in the way of fuel reduction techniques such as the "thinning" of forests, which involves logging some trees and removing dead ones to create healthier forests and reduce fire risk.

Both environmental groups have large legal teams and have sued government agencies and companies involved in primary industries such as logging and mining.

In a statement in response to the allegations, Cal Fire said, "Cal Fire supports active reduction of wildland fuels. Cal Fire supports the development of commercial enterprises that utilize vegetation removed for fuels reduction."

Until the Camp Fire in 2018, the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club interfered with efforts by contracted Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) maintenance crews to remove trees near power lines, Roen said.

Contractors were told by environmentalist groups which trees they could remove and which ones they couldn't, he said.

    "They were told you can't take those trees, you can't take these trees," Roen said.



Former college professor is a serial arsonist in Northern California, feds say
By Bill Chappell (NPR)
Aug. 11, 2021 12:57 p.m.

Firefighters battling the Dixie Fire have also been facing a second enemy: a serial arsonist who went on a spree of setting fires in July and August — and who sought to trap fire crews with his fires, according to agents from the U.S. Forest Service. They allege former college professor Gary Maynard is the culprit, citing their tracking of his movements and other evidence.

"Where Maynard went, fires started. Not just once, but over and over again," the government said in a court memorandum arguing for Maynard to be denied bail.

While court documents allege that Maynard is connected to more than a half-dozen dangerous fires in Northern California, he is currently charged with starting only the Ranch Fire. That blaze broke out on Saturday morning, in a remote area where, according to court records, Maynard had just camped for the night. It's one of three fires officials say Maynard set in recent days — all of them very close to the Dixie Fire's northeastern footprint.

"He entered the evacuation zone and began setting fires behind the first responders fighting the Dixie fire," the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said in court papers. It added, "Maynard's fires were placed in the perfect position to increase the risk of firefighters being trapped between fires."

Maynard's alleged offenses "show that he is particularly dangerous, even among arsonists," the federal prosecutors said.

If it weren't for the surveillance federal agents were conducting on Maynard, the fires would have been much worse and the risk to firefighters would have been greater, the document states.

Maynard was identified after his car got stuck near a fire

Maynard, 47, is a former professor who has taught at colleges in New York and California, according to online records. Last fall, he taught in the criminology and criminal justice department at Sonoma State University, which says in its official bio for Maynard that he has three master's degrees and a Ph.D. in sociology.

His teaching and research, the school said, focuses on topics that include the "sociology of health, deviance and crime" and environmental sociology. Maynard also has connections to other schools, from Stony Brook University in New York (where he received his doctorate) to Santa Clara University, where he also taught.

On July 20, Maynard was spotted near the scene of the Cascade Fire, on the western slopes of Mt. Shasta. A mountain biker in those remote woods had noticed signs of a fire, called 911 and then worked to limit the fire's spread.
The USDA, Bolen says, confirmed that Maynard had an Electronic Benefits Transfer account. Tracing his use of the card at grocery stores, the Forest Service was able to to place Maynard close to the time and place where a number of fires were set, according to Bolen's affidavit.

The EBT account showed Maynard made purchases at a Safeway in Fortuna, along California's coast, on July 18, and then, a week later, at a Safeway store in Susanville — some 260 miles inland across the state, just east of the Lassen National Forest where the Dixie Fire erupted in mid-July.


Maynard went on 'an arson-setting spree,' agent says

Investigators say they've connected Maynard to a string of fires in Northern California, as early as the Bradley Fire that destroyed over 300 acres on July 11, and possibly as early as the Sweetbriar Fire on July 6. Both of those blazes struck in the Mount Shasta area, northwest of the Lassen National Forest where the Dixie Fire is still raging.
"I'm going to kill you, f***ing pig! I told those f***ers I didn't start any of those fires!" he said to the deputy, according to the affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
In the days before he was taken into custody, Maynard allegedly set the Moon Fire of Aug. 5, as well as the Ranch Fire and Conard Fire, which both ignited on Aug. 7, according to Bolen's affidavit.

Maynard now faces federal charges of setting fire to land that's owned by the U.S. or is under its jurisdiction.

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USA: Antifa Eco-Terrorist Criminal Justice Professor Went On Arson Spree In Northern California In July Charred Almost A Million Acres Total. Tried To Trap Fire Crews With His Fires. Judge Denied Bail.

Growing Trend of Leftwing Arson, From Oregon to California, Antifa Incel Rage Burns Forests

ByDustin Nemos -
August 12, 2021

Growing Trend of Leftwing Arson, From Oregon to California, Antifa Incel Rage Burns Forests

"How many Americans must fear waking up to a hellacious inferno because our educators have begun to brainwash our children into thinking Communism is good, and Marxism is the way to take us there?"


This is becoming an epidemic! How many far left radicals will we find (and we know the majority of the education system, especially professors in higher ed, are Democrats if not downright marxists) burning down forests, homes, and lives?

How many Americans must fear waking up to a hellacious inferno because our educators have begun to brainwash our children into thinking Communism is good, and Marxism is the way to take us there?

Recall the major 2020 fires in Oregon & Washington? Those were blamed on "climate change" too.

It wasn't Global Warming.

But they were deadly & destructive. The wildfires in Oregon and California were labeled nothing short of "historic" (see: here & here)

Of course, you might not have heard about this on the Fake News Tell-A-Vision.

The FBI and Facebook even had to run damage control.

A top Facebook official tweeted it would delete posts alleging leftist organizations started wildfires in Oregon and other Western states after the FBI said arson reports are "conspiracy theories," reported RT News.

"We are removing false claims that certain groups started the wildfires in Oregon. This is based on confirmation from law enforcement that these rumors are forcing local fire and police agencies to divert resources from fighting the fires and protecting the public," Andy Stone, policy communications manager at Facebook, tweeted on Saturday evening.


Massive New Mexico Fire Started By U.S. Forest Service
by Zero Hedge
May 28th 2022, 10:27 am

"The pain and suffering of New Mexicans caused by the actions of the U.S. Forest Service—an agency that is intended to be a steward of our lands—is unfathomable," says New Mexico governor.

The largest wildfire in New Mexico history—which is still burning—was started by the U.S. Forest Service, federal investigators announced Friday.

The catastrophe began as two fires that merged into one. Both wildfires have now been conclusively traced to planned burns conducted by the Forest Service. Planned or "prescribed" burns are used to reduce the threat of extreme fires by reducing the amount of dry fuel in the forest.

So far, the New Mexico fire has destroyed 330 homes and scorched some 500 square miles. The cost of battling the blaze has surpassed $130 million, and rises another $5 million each day, according to the Associated Press.   

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Fire Investigators Determine Cause of Calf Canyon Fire

Release Date: May 27, 2022

Contact(s): Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE, NM – May 27, 2022 – Forest Service fire investigators have determined that the Calf Canyon Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) was caused by a pile burn holdover from January that remained dormant under the surface through three winter snow events before reemerging in April.

A holdover fire, also called a sleeper fire, is a fire that remains dormant for a considerable time. 

On April 9, smoke was reported from the vicinity of the Gallinas Canyon Wildland Urban Interface pile burn, which had concluded on January 29, and crews responded. Crews lined the 1.5-acre Calf Canyon Fire and continued to monitor the fire over the next couple of days to ensure there were no signs of heat or flames near the edge.

Ten days later, on April 19, the Calf Canyon Fire reignited and escaped containment lines. A wind event on April 22 caused significant fire spread, and the Calf Canyon Fire merged with the Hermits Peak Fire, which was caused by an escaped prescribed burn.

The cause of the Calf Canyon Fire was confirmed on the heels of Forest Service Chief Randy Moore's announcement of a pause in the use of prescribed fire on National Forest System lands, a decision the agency announced on Friday, May 20, 2022.