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Apparently, USFS does not want fires put out

Letter: Leonard Wallace, New Meadows

Yes, The U.S.F.S. is systematically and scientifically destroying our forest and our way of life in the state of Idaho. They do controlled burns that destroy the duff on the ground, which is needed to protect the ground from drying out quickly and will help hold the moisture and will in turn allow the moisture to go into the ground, instead of running off.

They are closing and obliterating roads to keep the public out and to protect wildlife habitat, which in turn keep the firefighters out of the areas, which means we have a many-acre wildfire. Excuse me, this destroys more wildlife habitat than the roads or motorized travel ever thought of (I will stand corrected if they can prove me wrong).

Apparently they do not want to put the fires out as that is where they determine the budget for next year. Anybody with any common sense knows the only way you put out a fire is to render the fuel unburnable which can be done with water. However, it must done in 60 minutes and 24-7 or until the fire is out, not intermitting as they are doing with airplanes. If the roads were not closed this might be possible. Another way to put out a fire is to isolate it from the fuel, which could be done with Cats if the terrain will allow. This must be done at night when the fire is died down and lights on the Cats, and then they can get down close enough to the fire to do some good.

However, they will not fight fire, saying it is too dangerous. However, I don’t ever recall a firefighter being killed at night.

Bear in mind that forest fires, controlled burns, create large amounts of carbons from the smoke, which forest needs to grow; the cycle begins, creating more forest to burn, making dollars for the budget.

P.S. Nothing creates more carbons than a burned area or clearcut, which the U.S.F.S. is expert at. Yes, the U.S.F.S. is our forest’s and economy’s worst enemy, no exceptions!

Leonard Wallace

New Meadow


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