Dozens of lightning fires being fough...

Dozens of lightning fires being fought; Kern fire takes six homes

There are 11 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Jul 27, 2010, titled Dozens of lightning fires being fought; Kern fire takes six homes. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

Thunderstorms continued Monday in the California highlands, and are now blamed for 75 separate fires.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Chico Enterprise-Record.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#1 Jul 27, 2010
I thought they had determined it was not cool to put out natural occurring fires?
Like it was not cost effective and even detrimental to the forest?
Detrimental by allowing growth to thrive uncontrolled, by nature? Building up to do yet even greater damage. Fire fighters are doing more harm than good along with endangering and even killing their own kind.
All good for insurance companies I suppose!

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#2 Jul 27, 2010
Stephens, I wrote a paper back in the 60's in a politicl science class about the fact that Smokey the Bear was the worse thing that had ever happened to our forest system. I got a good grade structure, but got a D for content. Instructor said that I was full of S---t. My how the times have changed.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#3 Jul 27, 2010
Smoky the bear carries a side arm and a chain saw.

Since: Dec 09

Paradise

#4 Jul 27, 2010
Yeah, the bull fire has already taken structures. Natural use fires are good in the right context. This past week hasn't been the right context (anyone with even a basic understanding of fire weather can figure out why).

How are firefighters killing their own kind?

Since: Dec 09

Paradise

#5 Jul 27, 2010
I had to give a call to action speech in a public speaking class in college. My opening paragraph included something like this: Smokey bear was nothing more than government propaganda designed to scare a nation into supporting a dangerous fire policy.... Now I work for the forest service. Go figure.
Phil3289

Encinitas, CA

#6 Jul 27, 2010
Anyone know if Mtn 99 is open to Johnsondale (R-Ranch)?

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#7 Jul 27, 2010
admode wrote:
I had to give a call to action speech in a public speaking class in college. My opening paragraph included something like this: Smokey bear was nothing more than government propaganda designed to scare a nation into supporting a dangerous fire policy.... Now I work for the forest service. Go figure.
Just out of curiosity, how long ago did you did you give this presentation?

Since: Dec 09

Paradise

#8 Jul 27, 2010
A couple of years ago.
Ishi

Bakersfield, CA

#9 Jul 27, 2010
My ancestors used start fires on purpose to keep the brush, weeds, the bugs down and keep the forest clear so that if a fire started it would not destroy the forest completly. The fires would burn fast through the low grasses and leave the trees alone. Native plant seeds need fire to reproduce. Then the next year the grass would grow back in tender young sprigs that the deer and elk would be drawn to and feed upon and man could hunt them and to have food to eat. Then along came the logging companies, the U.S.F.S. and Smoky the Bear. It's been all down hill since then.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#10 Jul 27, 2010
Back in the day when Robin Hood was filmed in Bidwell park it was my dads job to burn the park. Anything that would burn Dad burnt it. For the same reasons Ishi just stated. But along came arrogant college educated parasitic firefighters who had found a way of soaking the taxpayers.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#11 Jul 27, 2010
About thirty years ago, when I moved to the north end of the Sacramento Valley, there were still a number of the old sheep men left in the area. They told of how, at the end of the summer grazing season, the last one out would light the pasture on fire, because it would insure that the under story would be reduced and there would be plenty of grass and young forbes in the late spring. The goverment stopped this practice in the early 40's because they said that it was detramental to the deer and other animals that lived there. At that time the deer hunting was fantastic, as there was plenty of new growth for them and their fawns to feed on. Now when you go up there, you will find nothing but 6 ft tall greasewood that nothing can even go through much less be able to feed on. In the 1960's the state was proud of the fact there was a deer population of over 1,000,000. Today they say that they are trying to maintain a herd of 250,000. Something must had really gone wrong.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Alturas Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Bureau looks at mustering 900 Nevada wild horses (Dec '10) Jun '16 Raydot 5
News Entire Gerlach volunteer fire department resigns (Jan '16) Jan '16 Jackiee1 1
What's it like to live in Alturas? (Jun '13) Oct '15 Buckgirl 4
News 4.6-magnitude earthquake in Nevada on November 4 (Nov '14) Nov '14 Vegas 1
News 6 wildfires keep firefighters busy in California (Aug '14) Aug '14 Cindy 1
Lost CAT (May '14) May '14 Dan Turner 2
News Police: 4 dead, 2 injured in N. Calif. shooting (Feb '14) Feb '14 Obannon 1

Alturas Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Alturas Mortgages