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What is your view of fire in the national forests and wildland urban interface? Have you ever witnessed a wildland fire? Had one that came near your home or business? were you prepared? How? What do you think we should do about forest fires?

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Comment by Colleen McGuire Norris on July 20, 2013 at 12:17pm

Joann, as an animal services employee, I helped rescue many animals from wild land fires. I also helped write animal rescue plans. It is extremely important to follow all the California Division of Forestry and US Forest Service Guidelines for maintaining defensible space around your home. I've seen situations where wild land fires were threatening structures and the firefighters were faced with saving only homes with the best chance of surviving, that means... choosing those with defensible space.

From an animal standpoint, people need to plan where they are going to put their animals in advance if they are requested to evacuate.

Just from the little I know, it seems that allowing the underbrush in forests to burn out once in a while is a good thing and that fire is a natural element of the forest.  If it can burn without too much damage, perhaps we should let in burn. Secondly, cleaning up dead wood might not be a bad idea. I don't understand why it is left to rot and become beetle infested in some places. Can you explain that?

Comment by Phil Bowden on January 24, 2013 at 10:07am

Check out the book reivew below on the book by Philip Connors call Fire Season. This is a good read and also daylights many of today’s fire management dilemmas found on most pubic lands.

NY Times Book review

 

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