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FIRE: National forests at even greater risk

Letter by Richard N. Pierson, Federal Way on Sep. 7, 2012 at 11:26 am with 1 Comment »
September 7, 2012 2:45 pm

Re: “Take steps now to decrease future risk of forest fires” (editorial, 9-4).

The editorial highlights an important need to manage forests to provide better resiliency to forest fires, giving examples of efforts on state trust lands and private forest lands.

However the need for better management also urgently exists on national forest lands, which represent even greater fire risks due to their larger area and management history.

Congressionally authorized stewardship contracting involving local communities in developing and implementing actions should not be overlooked in our efforts to reduce forest fire risks statewide.

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  1. alindasue says:

    There’s nothing that can be done to prevent lightning cause fires, but most human caused fires are preventable.

    When fire risk is high – and even when it’s not – make sure that your campfires are built away from nearby trees and plants and extinguish the fire COMPLETELY before walking away from it. If there’s still any smoke at all, there is still fire that can be spread.

    Another huge cause of preventable forest and brush fires is smoking. I’ve lost count of the number of smokers I’ve seen “being considerate” to their passengers in the car by hanging their smoking arm out the window between puffs and flicking the hot ashes out onto the road. It may be “considerate” to the passengers, but the brush fires that their hot ashes spark affect us all.

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