Control burns planned for Paradise, F...

Control burns planned for Paradise, Forest Ranch areas

There are 7 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Jan 10, 2011, titled Control burns planned for Paradise, Forest Ranch areas. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

Fire in the foothills today is meant to prevent fire in the foothills this summer.

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

Middle of the road

Rancho Cordova, CA

#1 Jan 10, 2011
Can anyone explain why this wasn't done right after the first rains? Seems Cal Fire and or the U.S. Forest Service only do controlled burns, fuel reduction when it's hot and dry or so wet they have to use massive amounts of fuel and manpower to keep it burning.

“AccountKiller”

Since: Jul 09

Location hidden

#2 Jan 10, 2011
But don't you dare light your fireplaces!!
skeptic1st

United States

#3 Jan 10, 2011
And, again, the ER demonstrates the ignorance of its staff and its inability to grasp even simple concepts.

What they're doing here are CONTROLLED burns, NOT control burns.

Even Wikipedia knows better.

If you Google "control burn," it's the first of several listings that correct the error and direct the reader to "controlled burn."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controlled_burn
OES

Washington, UT

#4 Jan 10, 2011
Middle of the road wrote:
Can anyone explain why this wasn't done right after the first rains? Seems Cal Fire and or the U.S. Forest Service only do controlled burns, fuel reduction when it's hot and dry or so wet they have to use massive amounts of fuel and manpower to keep it burning.
Massive amounts of manpower being used is precisely why the controlled burns are done at this time of year. Overtime for CDF is minimal right now when compared to fire season and this helps to provide for some OT checks during the off-season months. Hopefully Moonbeam will put a stop to this abuse of OT by CDF.
The Truth

United States

#5 Jan 10, 2011
OES - Every controlled burn has a prescription that has to met before the OK is given to burn. The local AQMD has to OK this also. Most personnel are on normal workdays. Also fire crews are brought in from the fire camps. These are inmate firefighters that are on normal workdays also. SO the OT is allmost a non issue. Please check your facts before spreading your line.

Since: Dec 09

Paradise

#6 Jan 11, 2011
Middle of the road wrote:
Can anyone explain why this wasn't done right after the first rains? Seems Cal Fire and or the U.S. Forest Service only do controlled burns, fuel reduction when it's hot and dry or so wet they have to use massive amounts of fuel and manpower to keep it burning.
The simple answer is smoke. The fuel for controlled burns should have a certain level of moisture to make it controllable, but if there is too much it will produce a massive amount of smoke. This is especially an issue when the burns are conducted close to town, such as these ones. I work for the forest service and I can assure you controlled burns are not normally done when it's hot and dry. Infact, ours didn't start until there was at least a half a foot of snow on the ground. They usually begin in the late fall (which is is like the dead of winter here compared to Paradise).
rip off

Chico, CA

#7 Jan 11, 2011
Moonbeam Brown ? hehehe i love it, how fitting.

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