6 thoughts on ““Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!””

  1. The far right has a slogan which embodies their knowledge about western forests.

    “Log it, graze it, or watch it burn”

    Of course, us enlightened folks find numerous holes in this forest management concept, which ignores site-specific conditions. Luckily, here in California, the Forest Service will not “tree clear”, for any reason. Shaded fuelbreaks and “clumps and gaps” are the farthest they will go, under the current rules, laws and policies.

    The big fires burning right now in the Redding and Clear Lake areas have little to do with existing environmental laws, in California. Experts need to take this opportunity to educate Americans (including our President) with real facts and harsh realities. Much of the problem is purely political and social. We know what needs to be done in California National Forests. We’re not doing enough of it.

  2. http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-trump-fires-20180806-story.html

    Here’s the tweet: “California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!”

    We should pay as much attention to his understanding of fire facts as his understanding water facts (or any other facts).

  3. Trump is correct in one regard — California has massive amounts of water compared to its firefighting needs.

    About 50 million gallons of water and retardant (which is mostly water) are dumped on California in a typical year. At that rate, it would take California firefighters over 30,000 years to drain Shasta Lake, assuming no in-flow from its four major river sources.


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