We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Out west, we endured Bill Clinton's "let it burn" Federal Gov't management policy for years. We have had multiple summers like this New York City smoke year after year after year. The Libs just kept telling us that the forest had to burn to "clean up the undergrowth and old forests" and start new. Thank G"d we finally have an R governor with the courage to say "no more". We had a D party domination here for 16 years so most of those in charge have become accustomed to "letting it burn". However, the USFS has learned how to "manage" the forest much better and now supported by our new governor that means that last summer was much better than it was the years before. Now, we have a program that is much more logical. Determine which forest areas are at high risk for wildfire (age and undergrowth and dry timber) and log those areas sparingly, burn out the undergrowth that remains after logging, and you have the same result as if you had let the fire run wild for months! PLUS you have timber to sell!
The "let it burn" policy was an early and classic example of Democratic party indoctrination--no one would stand up to it for a long time--not until it became so obviously ludicrous!
I see my buddy Anthony out by Windsor is burning leaves again... He does have a big yard. I'll call and let him know the neighbors south of him are complaining again and ask him to stop before somebody in NYC calls the cops.
Sigh.... I don't why he does this, just cranky sometimes, maybe it's because it s a Florida-Vegas Stanley Cup this year
Forest fires are a part of nature's cycle; there are trees whose cones pop open only after a fire. We are hearing that the native Indians would set fires strategically to avoid building up too much underbrush and fuel. These fires also had the advantage of clearing the "pastures" so the deer, elk, etc., could find good grazing.
Unfortunately the "fire is baad" mantra took hold around the 1930s. Remember Smokey the Bear? And, somewhat later, the new orthodoxy had the "keep everything natural and don't - whatever you do - have firebreaks around buildings" mantra. Australia has seen the disastrous effects of the last part of this, where species known to be easily ignited aren't allowed to be removed near homesteads, with devastating effects.
Certainly, forest fires are natural. But so are using "prescribed burns" to clear out the underbrush and debris as the natives used to. The national parks in the Canadian Rockies all use prescribed burns which is helping minimize the number of devastating fires.
Well, my 101-year-old father-in-law in Saratoga is having a rough time given his history of COPD. He's having pneumonia symptoms, and the nurse told him he's the 4th person they've seen this week with the same.
Another Guy named Dan
Thank eco-terrorists. That many fires in such a large area do not start in that short a period of time by themselves.