Human caused or lightning caused what does it matter? The bottom line is Utah
forests are destroyed for generations. The effects? Errosion and polluted
streams which will destroy fish populations as well as poison ground water run
off. Wildlife such as deer and elk herds will be impacted in a big way.
Recreaction areas closed for decades. Utah is simply not equipped to take care
of its dwindling forests sadly.
In July the whole state has people who are playing with fire because the state
government has legalized the extreme fireworks or aerial fireworks. There are
many many fires started by these fireworks, we can at least make these fireworks
illegal again and this will help the fire problems and smoke problem in Utah.
There have been 3 fireworks accidents just on my street alone. These fireworks
terrify me, and according to the Orem fire marshall I am not alone. He said
there are thousands of people in Orem who feel the way I do. They want the
aerial fireworks gone. They are tired of spending every July trying to prevent
their homes from burning up. I really feel that the state of Utah has betrayed
the safety of its citizens because of the fireworks lobby. If there are
thousands of people in Orem then there must be millions in the state of Utah who
want the aerials gone! Legislators need to protect the state and its citizens,
get rid of aerial fireworks.
How about we just listen to the experts who study these things? Oh right,
that'd probably make too much sense.
To Iron Guy:re: "Meanwhile our "conservative" leaders
continue to ignore the obvious causes of climate change and press to make it
even worse. It's madness."Talk about ridiculous
politicizing of western fires. There is little evidence that the fires are the
result of a couple degree rise in temps over decades. I grew up in California
and large fires have been the norm as long as I can remember. I used to sit on
the roof of our home in the foothills and run a hose over our shake-shingle roof
as fires burned in the hills just a few hundred yards from our home. As trees
would explode into flame, large pieces of burning ash would fall all around.
This has been going on for a LONG time, at least 40-50 yrs that I can remember,
mile after mile on fire.BTW, the more likely political causes are
not from "conservative" leaders, but from environmental groups who have
blocked reasonable forest management practices such as harvesting trees, or
allowing smaller fires to burn at clear some of the fuel. These factors have
been shown to be FAR more proximate causes of California fires than minor
changes in climate seen in the past half century.BTW
@B-Real2:"It would be great if our state and local governments would
take a look at consistent human causes of fires. The one in Saratoga Springs
started yesterday from target shooters."Wouldn't surprise
me if many of the fires across the nation are man-made... intentionally. The US
has many enemies that would like to see us in constant turmoil. We see where
people are being killed by vehicles being driven into crowds. And we see where
others are being shot at schools and from hotel rooms across the street. Fires,
so far, have burned thousands of homes and killed several residents... And some
Irony Guy“This situation can only get worse as the globe heats
up.”There’s no proof that man is responsible for global
warming.There is, however, ample evidence that poor forest
management has exacerbated forest fires.
It would be great if our state and local governments would take a look at
consistent human causes of fires. The one in Saratoga Springs started yesterday
from target shooters. We live in a desert and allow people too much leeway for
fireworks and target shooting in the summer time. Having lived in a Colorado
where multiple fires have comes down from hillsides and wiped out entire
neighborhoods, I’m guessing our govts will only act once hundreds of
homeowners have lost everything.
It is past time we implement active management of our public lands. It does not
matter if it is Federal or State management, but we need active management
immediately. 100+ years of fire suppression and 50+ years of litigation against
logging and grazing have created fuel loads on our public lands that exceed all
historic norms. Native Americans used fire to clear areas for
're-growth' to attract wildlife and our Western forests have always
been fire adaptive. Unfortunately, today we can not allow uncontrolled fire to
sweep across the west. Not only do we have structures... we also have fuel loads
that make fires 'catastrophic', they burn much hotter (sometimes
sterilizing the ground) and carry farther and faster than normal. Time to remove
the lawsuits and over-regulations and allow the professional Foresters at the
Forest Service to do their jobs. Our Air Quality, Water Quality, Wildlife and
Forests and Rangelands deserve better.
This situation can only get worse as the globe heats up. The day
will come when the major cities of the West will be evacuated as firestorms
sweep through them. What happened to Redding CA is a foretaste of what will
happen here on the Wasatch Front eventually. Meanwhile our
"conservative" leaders continue to ignore the obvious causes of climate
change and press to make it even worse. It's madness.