Utah's 2018 wildfire season among the worst
@Rockon1224;"How have all the dead pines (bark beetle caused), impact
the fires? Is it true some environmentalists block all efforts to eradicate the
bark beetle?"Right- it's environmentalists that cause
forest fires. How would you know about bark beetles? That would require science.
Republicans reject science.
47 million? Drop in the bucket compared to the profits and taxes generated by
the fireworks industry that "donate" to Utah politicians. Right
How have all the dead pines (bark beetle caused), impact the fires? Is it true
some environmentalists block all efforts to eradicate the bark beetle? I went to
Mirror Lake recently and in some areas more than half the trees were dead.
I believe it’s still legal to launch aerial fireworks 8 data in July
(thankfully the State took some steps this past year and reduced this from 14
days in July). Makes zero sense to still have 8. Please Utah govt, get in line
with all the other Western states and get this under control. No one here
requires the right to launch fire into the air 8 days this month.
The Cost of these fires will be a drop in the bucket once Utah take over Fed
Land, Utah now will be solely on the hook to pay for those areas in addition to
the 300+ million they already have to pay.
What do you expect from a desert state with temperatures in July from 90 to 100
degrees, everything extremely dry and combustible and allowing very dangerous
aerial fireworks. Utah and its legislators have legalized the destruction of
the entire state all for a few dollars of sales tax which won't even begin
to cover the cost of fighting these fires. The city of Orem had 12 fires alone
that the fire department had to respond to from fireworks. Living in Utah in
July is like living in a real war zone, complete with ear deafening explosions,
tons of suffocating smoke, and people being hurt and property being damaged.
When I talked to the fire Marshall he said there were literally thousands of
people just in Orem who are fed up with this going on. The Utah legislature has
done what the Federal Government sought to do in the Pioneer days and what
Milburn Boggs tried to do in Missouri which is to destroy the Mormon population.
They burned down the Saints houses and crops and forced them out of Missouri.
Brigham Young was willing to fight by burning down crops that would have
supplied the invading army. The Saints survived, but now we are burning down
the whole state ourselves!!
Just imagine how this would turn out if Utah took control of Federal lands.
Utah would go bankrupt or go begging to the Feds for welfare payments to help
pay for the costs.Best to leave the Federal lands to the Feds. Utah
couldn't handle the fire fighting or the expense. Legislators
and national Representatives, be careful what you wish for.... your eyes are
bigger than your wallet.