What a waste of our resources. Over 11 million dollars spent so far--over
40,000 acres--smoke pollution over the entire area---and they call this a
controlled burn. What it really is, is a prime example of very poor management!
There should be an investigation of the management of this fire. We
taxpayers should not have to see our tax dollars burned up in this manner.I can see the desire to burn out old undergrowth, but someone needs to know
what they are doing!The EPA is so concerned about every little particle of
pollution that comes out your car exhaust--but this fire equals all of that
pollution for the whole state in one day------and the EPA says nothing because
it is another federal agency--and we know they can do no wrong.
@BearoneWhy don't you volunteer to go on up there and cut some fire
lines, then. Organize your neighbors and all of you go up there and help put
the fire out, since you seem to have all the answers.
CHS 85The Forest Service will not allow you into the area to let
volunteers or anyone else fight their fire. They are paying guards to sit on
their chairs with coolers and umbrellas to guard against unwanted intrusion onto
their turf.This is truly bureaucracy gone amok at the highest level.
Of course the people who knew Spencer Koyle or someone else who has lost thier
life fighting wildfires may have a different idea about volunteers just going up
and putting out the fire on their own. Wildfires like this are dangerous and can
claim lives if not attacked in the right way. It's not just a grass fire in a
field, it's located in very rugged terrane where you can't get to a lot of it.
Look at the topography of the area, look at the minimal amount of private
property that has been damaged, look at the safety of the people working the
fire – only after you do that should you attack how it was managed.