EDITORIAL: Caution, common sense needed during this fire season
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#1 Jun 30, 2011
Well, if you are taking common sense, you need to get the forest service out of the mix. Most all the local fires could have been out in a much shorter amount of time if the forest service wasn't back-burn happy. They have caused considerable damage to not only forest property, but significant damage to private property with their back-burns. They tell PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS that they can set back-fires on them, regardless of the wishes of the PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS. Many (MOST) of these back-burns have been unnecessary. Many of the back-burns they let ''get away'' and do much, much damage. Ask some of the private property owners that have lost property due to the back burns.
When you speak of common sense, that pretty much leaves the forest service out. They do not care about the property, especially the private property, or the owners.
#2 Jul 1, 2011
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#3 Jul 1, 2011
You are totally out of touch!
"We've all sat on the edge of our seats." What? The Lincoln National Forest did not have a 500+ plus acre fire in the last 4 years! And, one La Nina pattern sets up -- decreases the moisture that normally would fall on one of the most southern forest in the desert southwest and "we need to use common sense?"
And, what do you mean - "Taken the small community of Mayhill right off the map?" What? That fire was on one-side of the road of Mayhill and quickly moved east/se into an area with no private landowners due to a rapid response by the Forest Service and VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS! Between the agency and VFDs...that colloboration was distinctly viewed by the mountain community residents! Did any complain? Any letters to the editor of the Alamogordo Daily News stating different? I didn't read any!
And, what does, "We've been waiting for the proverbally ball to fall?" What the heck does that mean? Who, you Alamogordo Daily News writers and Otero County electeds? You have been waiting? Sure you have. You want to use words such as, "raged, chewed up, charred, consumed" - you read and sound like KOAT-TV Action 7 News! Then, you "Use" Susana Martinez' name as a "savior" - verbage that makes claim she is the one who is saving "Otero County" -- not THOSE FIREFIGHTERS who so diligently provide structure protection for those mountain community homes! Those young men and women put themselves on the line to suppress the fire(s) and try to protect private residences? And, you've got the gall to write "use caution and common sense?"
I've been following stories from the Forest Service for years and those stories have constantly reminded those who live in mountain communities to be part of the fire season or any season of the year to thin their yards, clean up those pine needles, cut grass, weeds and always create "defensible space!" And, now a fire occurs from a lightening strike and your paper is going to print an editorial that basically "slaps" those in the face - who for the last 5 years have been telling residents that money/grants are available to assist and help them protect their moutain homes?
And, for fact -- KOAT Action 7 News showed firefighters on film (documented) cleaning pine needles, removing grass and brush around the Village of Luna, NM, residences when they should've been preparing those "backburn" areas to stop the advance of the Wallow Fire onto New Mexico lands and the Village of Luna! But no -- what are they doing -- ensuring the livelihoods of private resident who did not heed the warnings and spending "extremely valuable minutes of non-suppression efforts to ensure a $100,000 dollar home is saved?"
Shame on you. And, for those who feel this Forest Service as an agency can't manage the lands -- I guess you've got the millions of dollars in funding to ensure all this rhetoric speech can be managed properly by Otero County?
Okay - I can't wait to see, if this dry spell continues...the next fire season should be a doozee, should the Otero County Commission be in charge of managing 460,000 acres of forest lands?? Have they a trained "firefighting unit" ready to respond? What about firefighting resources? I see those air tankers -- green fire engines - equipment --- where is Otero County going to get at least 10 million dollars to be prepared to save those "charred" lands and "mountain communities" from being "destroyed?" By thinning lands and creating economic vitality called "logging?" LOL LOL
Reality check -- wake up and smell the coffee. It's not a federal problem -- it's everyone's "problem" when no one heeds even the smallest bit of advice and continues on the same path of "hollering and screaming" with no real solution!
Finger pointing ends up with people standing around with smirks on their faces!
#4 Jul 1, 2011
Wow! I agree with downinthelands post #3, 110%! Great post I hope it opens alot of eyes.
#5 Jul 1, 2011
Downinthelands is right. It costs millions of dollars just to fight the fires, much less spending on preventative measures. In my opinion, the commissioners are not thinking this through when they say they are kicking the Fed's out of the Lincoln forest and starting their own county department to manage 1.4 million acres. Look at the current Lewis fire situation.
#6 Jul 1, 2011
I don't have all the answers, but I can tell you, again, the forest service is much of the problem. Their back-burns have done way more damage than the original fires.
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