Senate panel reviews Healthy Forests implementation

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Tue Jun 22 13:22:09 EST 2004

Larry Harrell wrote:

> Larry Caldwell <larryc at> wrote in message news:<MPG.1b41131bd5a4862198af21 at>...
>>In article <7a90c754.0406211312.7cd496f at>, 
>>lhfotoware at (Larry Harrell) says...
>>>You can bet, this being an election year, that the review of "Healthy
>>>Forests" will generate maximum spin from both political machines. The
>>>Democrats will say that not enough is being done to reduce the fire
>>>threat. The Republicans will say that their hands are still tied by
>>>the legal system. The finger pointing will escalate as the fire season
>>>gets into full swing. Also, expect funds to be taken from project
>>>money by fire suppression....AGAIN.
>>We are all hoping for a mild fire season.  It could happen.  A little 
>>rain at the right time, some cloudy days and luck, and we could get by 
>>without many forest fires.  We have had a lot of bad years, so the doom 
>>prophets are on a roll, but we can at least hope for a little breather.
> In some parts of the West, a mild fire season is just not possible.
> Southern California got very little rain after the floods of last
> fall. The San Bernardino is very dead and very dry, promising extreme
> fire danger throughout the summer (People will be pissed when they
> aren't allowed in the National Forest because of fire danger).
> The northern Rockies have been cool and wet but, how long can that
> last? The southern Rockies are plenty dry and any moisture will be
> accompanied by lightning. The Sierras are drier than average and fire
> season is picking up. I heard the unmistakable sound of an airtanker
> the other day. I think the northwest has been about average and,
> you're right Larry, anything can happen.
> Larry,     in my line of work:   fire=money

We just had our first lightning bust of the season and there's lots of 
new fires up in BC.  Much of the PNW is running at about 2/3 normal 
precip this year. This is a bit early for this kind of activity but the 
summer crews are on and the weather this week is mild.  It could be a 
lot worse.

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