[env-trinity] The Mercury News: The reason that California wildfires are worse than ever

Bryan, Leslie labryan at ci.redding.ca.us
Mon Aug 6 12:12:11 PDT 2018

The reality is that there are multiple reasons for the severity of the devastation that has occurred. Forests that have extreme fuel loading due to decades of fire suppression and limited mechanical harvesting to take the place of natural fire regimes; climate change resulting in drought leading to extremely low fuel moisture, high tree mortality and insect damage as well as unpredictable weather events; and increasing amounts of wildland urban interface. This mix is a dangerous combination which results in severe risk for life, property and natural resources. All pieces of the system should be considered while we go through the process of risk reduction.

Leslie Bryan

From: env-trinity [mailto:env-trinity-bounces+labryan=reupower.com at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us] On Behalf Of Nadine Bailey
Sent: Monday, August 6, 2018 11:14 AM
To: Peggy Berry; Kier Associates
Cc: env-trinity at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us; Anton Jaegel; Michael N. Kobseff; Danielle Roberts Lindler
Subject: Re: [env-trinity] The Mercury News: The reason that California wildfires are worse than ever

Well there are some of out there that live and work in these forest and have lived and worked in them for centuries and we do not see what Bill and Denise have shared as truth. The fact is fire has been suppressed in these forest for decades and now we are all paying the price. These forest must be thinned to save them and the wildlife and people that live near them. Don't throw the forest out with the fires. If anyone would like a tour I am more than willing to take you and show you where the fires have burnt and reburning at a hotter temp. Please get out of the office and go out on the land and see for yourself. Nadine

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“And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.” John Steinbeck

From: Peggy Berry <pegberry1 at gmail.com>
To: Kier Associates <kierassociates at att.net>
Cc: env-trinity at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us
Sent: Monday, August 6, 2018 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: [env-trinity] The Mercury News: The reason that California wildfires are worse than ever

Thank you Bill Kier and Denise Boggs for shining the spotlight on the truth:  Humans who demand to build their homes wherever they want  — inaccessible forest lands, ocean cliffs, etc. because they think they are entitled to THEIR OWN wishes.

I mourn the firefighters who are then expected to save them and their homes - and sometimes unselfishly give their lives - so others are able to get what they want  based on selfish desires and demands.

Something besides money and profit need to redefine “entitlements!”

Peggy Berry
On Aug 5, 2018, at 8:25 PM, Kier Associates <kierassociates at att.net<mailto:kierassociates at att.net>> wrote:

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For what it’s worth State gov’t leadership has been trying to discourage this building in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) for well more than 50 years.

We had some very dry winters in the early ‘60s and some terrible wildfires immediately thereafter. When I joined what is now the CA Natural Resources Agency in early 1964 we were going around to various local gov’ts, groups, etc., with a film that showed, for example, homes built at the top of canyons in the Santa Monica Mtns, with huge jutting redwood decks from which to view to the ocean, catching the 1,000 degree F.-plus canyon updraft and literally exploding.

There’s been a too-subdued policy discussion for decades about the ‘State Responsibility Lands’, those not served directly by a local fire agency or federal land mgt agency.

As the cost for serving these lands with State fire protection grew over time the State finally instituted a modest annual fee (like $150) on property-owners to help support fire prevention/ suppression on these so-called ‘State Responsibility Lands’

This fee has become, not surprisingly, a whipping-boy for CA’s mostly-rural conservative politicians – it’s playing heavily into the current legislative discussions about the 2017 wildfires and into the 2018 election cycle

For those of us living in urban areas who are paying what we hope is our fair share for fire prevention and suppression services, we – I, anyway – find ourselves 1- aghast at and saddened by the enormity of the Carr Fire; and 2- wondering when the cost of unbridled residential incursion into the WUI is going to become a sufficient issue in California that the rest of us may see some relief from subsidizing it.


Bill Kier
Kier Associates, Fisheries and Watershed Professionals
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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From: env-trinity [mailto:env-trinity-bounces at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us] On Behalf Of Denise Boggs
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2018 6:26 PM
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Subject: [env-trinity] The Mercury News: The reason that California wildfires are worse than ever

The National Forests aren’t the problem. It’s people living in areas they shouldn’t be. Interesting stats on CA and the wildfires throughout the state over time. Some of these areas have burned multiple times and people keep rebuilding in the same place. The state’s landscape is prone to fires and they are going burn regardless. Climate change only makes it worse.

“The Carr Fire burning in Shasta County was started by a single spark from a towed trailer on a road in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. It then quickly raced into high-end new residential subdivisions such as Lake Redding Estates, where it destroyed 65 upscale homes.”
The reason that California wildfires are worse than ever
The Mercury News
As California grows, people are moving into the rural edges of cities where we weren't before -- creating an "expanding bull’s eye’ effect" of higher wildfire risk, according to a new study by geographer Stephen M. Strader of Villanova University. Read the full story<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fapple.news%2fAO3JyVOhZQvS4W7C_ou3raQ&c=E,1,c8mnz08N-qVRz_lJQ9WBolLuHzfzaKRazcNjvsvKY4eS39UTDUL6c0AyQIillmGG5W2PxDhxctfegxvAClx5cy5YRNLPnUVqklC6fWnd-KV6&typo=1>
Denise Boggs

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