Joint effort to fight wildfire?

monocourthouse2008With three droughts in a row and fire danger very high, what can counties in the Sierra Nevada area do? The Sierra County Supervisors believe the 22 counties in question should pull together and ask the State and Federal governments for help with fire protection and fuel reduction. The Mono Supervisors will consider Sierra County Supervisors’ ideas.

The Sierra County Board sent a letter to affected counties asking for them to pass resolutions proclaiming a local state of emergency based on fire severity conditions and buildup of fuels. They also suggest involving other agencies and a process similar to a past presidential forum created when the Tahoe area experienced this kind of fire danger in 1997.

The Sierra County Board wants an action plan supported by the 11 Sierra nevada area counties and wants Mono County to support the campaign. For whatever reason, this letter does not appear on the Inyo County Board agenda for this week.

The Sierra Board says a resolution declaring a local state of emergency by the 22 counties would be the “beginning of a campaign to develop a long-term sustainable program to reduce wild land fire severity conditions of public and private lands.”

A report by this Board refers to the devastating Rim fire last year that destroyed 400 square miles in Yosemite National Park. The report also says that the Regional Forester has failed to meet a goal of treating 500,000 acres annually in California for restoration and reduction of fuels.

Now, it’s up to the Mono Board to respond to the requests.

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Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/12/1320722/-Cartoon-Getting-burned?detail=hide http://www.alternet.org/environment/congress-lets-western-states-burn-fails-find-funding-combat-wildfires Congress is heading home for summer vacation, failing to act on emergency funding to combat the wildfires that are raging in the West. President Obama had requested $615 million in emergency funding to help the U.S. Forest Service and Interior Department pay for firefighting efforts, and the Democratic-controlled… Read more »

Jay Wheaton
Jay Wheaton
7 years ago

We already have a program in California for wildland fuel reduction, Calfire has a program we pay $150 per home per year why don’t use that money which is intended for that purpose?

haha
haha
7 years ago
Reply to  Jay Wheaton

Very good question. It’s almost like this fee is useless and illegal.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago

The Eastern Sierra has painted itself into a corner — so to speak. Expensive homes and tourist related businesses. Can’t let the homes burn. Tourists don’t come to burned out forests and campgrounds.

What to do? I don’t know…

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Why would anyone let any home burn??!! BK

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I think you missed the point Ms. Kessler. People should not build homes in areas prone to wild fires, but state and local government does nothing whatsoever to deter such building. In that respect we very much have painted ourselves into a corner. If building in fire prone areas was… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
7 years ago

The community of Mammoth Lakes exists with many homes and structures that also support Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and Bike Park. Your theory has come decades too late. BK

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

It’s not a theory. It’s a working principle. Had all those condos and expensive homes been built just a mile or two East and North, we would not only have a wonderful playground of lush meadows and old growth forests that everybody could enjoy. But no, if it’s a nice… Read more »

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

I agree Desert Tortoise with the exception of I do not agree with allowing government to deter building in fire prone areas. I think it should be done at the owners risk. The fact is most homes that burn do not have the necessary brush clearance to with stand wild… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

In Bishop, Big Pine, Indy and Lone Pine, DWP ought to clear there land more often. They own almost all of the surrounding land. Hell, their half the reason our back yards are pumped dry! The Big Pine fire never would have happen if they would have cleared some of… Read more »

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

You want a reduction in fuel just let the naturally started fires burn.

Fire suppression reminds me of the war on drugs

a loosing battle where those in authority with no responsibility make all the money