Court filings lay out new details of how Brian Head Fire started

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  • eldonp Parowan, UT
    June 15, 2019 1:54 p.m.

    Warren, that's a good question. The forest service has had a difficult time causing rainfall and is still studying it.

    Since the fire started on private land and burned on private land for the first 2-3 days, it's also a mystery how the forest service had anything to do with starting the fire and its initial advances, although Gov. Herbert and Rep. Stewart hopped on that bandwagon even while the fire was burning. They and others blamed the forest service for mismanagement, although, again, it wasn't forest service land in the beginning days of the fire.

    If anything, fire fighters--local, state and federal--worked heroically to keep the blaze from spreading further. Without the strong federal presence, things would not have been as successful.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2019 1:55 a.m.

    According to the article this fire cost the state $34,000,000 to fight the fire.

    Recently the legislature authorized a suit against the federal government confiscating all federal land within the boundaries of the state,

    Let’s suppose the federal government gave us title to all we wanted,

    Would a bad fire season bankrupt the state fighting fires on their new lands?

    Sometimes getting what we want is not necessarily the best thing for us.

  • Warren ,
    June 14, 2019 5:54 p.m.

    From reading the article I understand that the defence is that the forest service allowed the forest to get “too dry”. I am not sure how they could prevent the forest from getting too dry? Can someone explain that to me?