Friday, August 22, 2008

Castle Rock redux

It's time for somebody to step to the plate and tell another side of the Castle Rock fire. Fire Management put a lot of fire where their was no fire. Backburning torched thousands of acres needlessly. This spread of the fire, in-of-its-self, resulted in the evacuations, wreaked havoc with the Valley economy, caused health issues, inconvenience, hardship, anxiety, fear, etc.

I commend the firefighters for their hardwork, time, and effort to put out the fires that fire fighters started. For many, Casle Rock made their year financially. Back in the early 1960's when working as a Helitack Foreman on the Tahoe Forest we only used " back burning " as a last resort. There was also a policy in place to "get 'em quick." Most of the time we were successful with fast containment.

Somehow through the years that policy has eroded now creating catastropic wild fires costing multi millions of dollars to suppress and rehabilitate. Many of these uncontrolable large fires are suppressed only when mother nature say "that's enough."

Great job, well done, to Bill Murphy and firefighters for getting the recent North Fork fire quickly and efficiently. It's the way it should be done.

Thank you.

Gary Busch


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