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    The West is on fire




    Colombia River Gorge, just one of 137 large wildfires currently raging across the West.

    You’ve seen the apocalyptic images from the Columbia River Gorge, Glacier National Park, and the Los Angeles Suburbs, but those fires are only a small part of the overall picture. Currently there are 13 active wildfires in Washington, 26 in Oregon, 23 in Idaho, 46 in Montana, and 38 in California. I could go on, but you get the idea. (You can find all the data on current fire conditions here.) Smoke from these fires currently envelopes an area stretching north to the Queen Maude Gulf, in the Canadian Arctic, west to Seattle, south to Waco, Texas, and east to Columbus, Ohio.
    and it's burning up the Forest Service's budget as well:



    “Congress needs to step up and treat these infernos like the natural disasters they are,” says Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), who introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act to congress in 2013. The bill, which has since languished in committee, creates a federal fund dedicated to fire suppression, supplanting budgets drawn from states and the Forest Service’s general budget.

    Fires and fire prevention must become more of a priority.

    Do you agree? Why or why not?

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RKsg00E6As Columbia Gorge Fire


    Damn shame , the stupid people acting so reckless. That was a beautiful part of the country.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4PKbjqXT7c
    Eagle Creek Fire

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    Weird, I don't seem to recall any fires up there when I lived there.

    Especially in the gorge.

    I was there for almost 10 years.

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    Oh yes, we might not be able to rely on our rain here in Western Wa, and we are very vulnerable as far as neglected undergrowth.

    At best, and even in wet years, we need to start employing some of the methods illustrated in this video:



    Selective cutting, clearing out old growth, and building more reservoirs, every time you terrace a hillside you also build a reservoir at the base...

    Especially in So. California, they have all those foothills along the valleys, each one a potential spring...

    We have needed to do this in the west for a long, long time, now we may have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post



    Colombia River Gorge, just one of 137 large wildfires currently raging across the West.



    and it's burning up the Forest Service's budget as well:






    Fires and fire prevention must become more of a priority.

    Do you agree? Why or why not?

    read more here
    Forest fires are part of the natural cycle of renewal, they are beneficial.

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    Up in flagstaff you can't walk more than 100 yard without seeing a pile of debris.

    When they set them off during burn season you can count tons of smoke plumes going up.

    Pretty amazing site.

    They did this up in Reno also when I lived there.

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    Nature's wrath against Hillary voters, right, Ms Lawrence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertine View Post
    Forest fires are part of the natural cycle of renewal, they are beneficial.
    Tell that to the owners of those 500 billion dollars worth of houses, or to the Forest Service that now has little money left for anything else.
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    Quality of life is not a charred environment. There are fires from natural events and there are fires from careless and criminal people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    Nature's wrath against Hillary voters, right, Ms Lawrence?
    I wasn't aware Texas and Florida voted for Hillary.
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