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Re: closed for how long?

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October 11, 2002 11:17PM
Unfortunately, our public officials are in a no-win situation. Recall the devastating fire of several years ago in Yellowstone Park. This fire was naturally started by lightning. The Forest Service had adopted a policy (which I think is still in effect) that they would not suppress fires started by natural causes, only those "unnaturally" started -- i.e. by arsons, out-of-control campfires, etc. Because of this decision, significant areas of the park were burned, including some of the "public" areas (those areas to which the visitor has easy access) and the Forest Service caught h--l for it. Everyone claimed that they needlessly allowed a national treasure to burn.

I think (perhaps wrongly) that the Forest Service now realizes their past errors. So the issue now is educating the public that fire can be good and to not criticize the various agencies for not rushing to put them out. If the public continues to pressure the agencies to immediately douse all fires, they will do so because they want to keep their jobs. I'm not trying to excuse boneheaded stunts such as the irresponsible controlled burns we had this year at Arrowhead Springs and last year near Los Alamos, NM. You know what I mean (I hope).

Anyway, it seems I'm preaching to the choir here, which is good.
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closed for how long?

katrina island 794October 10, 2002 02:16AM

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EastBay 424October 10, 2002 11:36AM

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Wizard 445October 10, 2002 07:30PM

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Sycamore Laughing 441October 12, 2002 01:12PM

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Laughing Bear 448October 10, 2002 09:25PM

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Wizard 466October 11, 2002 09:42AM

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Wizard 405October 11, 2002 07:16PM

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mp 400October 11, 2002 11:17PM

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Wizard 488October 12, 2002 10:07AM

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catees 411October 13, 2002 11:26AM

Re:Is it really closed????

Laughing Bear 433October 13, 2002 04:52PM

Re: closed for how long?

EastBay 821October 15, 2002 10:52AM



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