Smokey The Bear – You’re Fired

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Wildfires sweeping across California are threatening the US state’s famed Sequoia trees, with firefighters scrambling to protect the national treasures.

The so-called Rough Fire, the largest of more than a dozen burning across northern and central California, has edged closer to the giant trees in recent days with firefighters scrambling to protect them.

“The fire has moved into a number of Sequoia groves in King’s Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Forest and we are taking preventive measures to make sure nothing happens to them,” park spokesman Mike Theune told AFP.

Of particular concern is the General Grant tree, the second largest Sequoia in the world. It stands 268 feet (81.7 meters) tall.

Theune said firefighters are monitoring the tree round-the-clock, spraying water and clearing the area around Grant grove.

Wildfires threaten California’s treasured Sequoias – Yahoo News

Fire is an essential part of the Giant Sequoia life cycle.

Fire in this forest (1) prepares a seedbed; (2) cycles nutrients; (3) sets back succession in certain relatively small areas; (4) provides conditions which favor wildlife; (5) provides a mosaic of age classes and vegetation types; (6) reduces numbers of trees susceptible to attack by insects and disease; and (7) reduces fire hazards.

The 1890 photograph below shows what Giant Sequoia forest is supposed to look like. Large trees, some with bases hollowed out by hundreds of fires.

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Humans decided to fix this natural balance, and quit allowing fires to occur.  As a result, there is a huge amount of underbrush growing in the forest now, which makes fires burn much hotter and makes them much more dangerous to the large trees. The photo below was taken in 1970

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Fire’s Role in a Sequoia Forest – Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (U.S. National Park Service)

Government created the hazard to the trees, and now they blame their stupidity on your SUV creating imaginary global warming.

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19 Responses to Smokey The Bear – You’re Fired

  1. gator69 says:

    In this ongoing study, we have, to date, identified 26 historical alarmist movements. None of the forecasts for the analogous alarms proved correct. In the 25 alarms that called for government intervention, the government impost regulations in 23. None of the 23 interventions was effective and harm was caused by 20 of them.

    http://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/hearings/Report%20for%20Congressional%20hearing-R14%20%282%29%20armstrong%20update.pdf

  2. rah says:

    Yep! They don’t know when, where, or how to “conserve”.

    My wife and I intentionally got off the beaten path when we visited Kings Canyon and the Sequoia National forest years ago to see some of the giant trees both standing and fallen in groves that are less visited. I got the impression that some groves of Sequoias and Red woods wouldn’t be missed by about 90% of the people that visit those parks because they just go see the 1 or 2 most accessible groves and that’s it. I wasn’t until I could get up close to a fallen tree that I could really get a handle on how immense they really are.

    • inMAGICn says:

      You ought to hear one fall. I did as a Boy Scout way back when in Sequoia National Park. We later got to see the tree on the ground. Not a big one, by the way, as the things are. But impressive noise and an impressive fallen tree.

  3. Tel says:

    We went through the whole story on Green policy and fuel buildup in Australia. Even after people died it wasn’t enough to make the councils admit they caused it to happen. They blamed everything but themselves.

    However, they did at least relent on forcing people to grow trees right up alongside their houses.

    Anger at government policies stopping residents from cutting down trees and clearing scrub to protect their properties is already apparent. “We’ve lost two people in my family because you dickheads won’t cut trees down,” Warwick Spooner told Nillumbik Mayor Bo Bendtsen at a meeting on Tuesday night.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/02/11/weve-lost-two-people-in-my-family-because-you-dickheads-wont-cut-trees-down/

  4. emsnews says:

    Giant sequoias are lightning rods. And yes, pine forests love forest fires.

  5. Psalmon says:

    Even TREES are learning the 9 most terrifying words:

    “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

  6. Nissen Bron says:

    This is a continuing story in California. Find fire damage and you will find uncut brush that fueled it. The stupidity of not cutting the brush back around the sequoias should be criminal.

  7. lectrikdog says:

    Reblogged this on lectrikdog and commented:
    Forest fires are a natural occurrence. Forest mismanagement and reckless land use such as developing houses on the fringes of National Forest land has led to disastrous consequences.

  8. menicholas says:

    My understanding is that these trees are highly resistant to fire.
    And that the entire biome is adapted to having periodic fires.
    Yes?
    No?
    Maybe?

    • Gail Combs says:

      Yes, don’t have the link but you actually need fire to get the cones to open and spread the seed IIRC. Eucalyptus is another fire adapted tree and much much more dangerous.

      The tree of choice for carbon credits is an aggressive invasive plant the Eucalyptus.
      Genetically Modified Eucalyptus Trees Ignite Controversy

      …Eucalyptus trees are good for making paper. They are terrible for just about everything else – soil, insects, plants, and water.

      A paper company teamed up with ArborGen, a biotechnology organization, to genetically modify the trees to withstand freezing temperatures. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just approved ArborGen’s request to plant various test forests across seven southern states.

      Nicknamed “America’s Largest Weed,” it comes as no surprise that communities are worried about introducing the eucalyptus into new environments, which include 300 acres of test sites in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas.

      …… Worse, they create toxic conditions in the soil and their canopies block out sunlight for underlying plants. They hog water and yet easily catch fire, relying on fire to spread their seeds …..

      DesertYote mentioned a science fair project he helped with. In the USA the only species that did well (as in thrived) under the gum trees was Toxicodendron diversilobum, aka western poison oak. It is even worse than poison ivy.

      ….Eucalyptus trees are capable of bearing viable seed at maturity and have been invasive in several locations. Therefore, it may be advisable to cut back Eucalyptus to the ground every 3 to 4 years. If a Eucalyptus windbreak is established with 3 to 4 rows, then a rotational pattern can used to manage the plants by cutting one row each year back to the ground and allowing it to regrow or coppice. These plants are capable of 20 feet of regrowth in one year following cutting… http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/windbreaks/florida/irrec.shtml

      This is NOT a nice tree to dump on southern Americans or African and South American third world farmers.

      PALATABILITY :
      Bluegum eucalyptus foliage is unpalatable to cattle, sheep, and goats
      http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/eucglo/all.html#7
      The grass “fogged” with eucalyptus oil is also “unpalatable” and even a goat won’t eat it….

      FIRE:
      Thousands of invasive trees cleared in UC Berkeley fire project

      ….The non-native eucalyptus trees are aggressive growers and are particularly dangerous in a fire. Once ablaze, the gummy trees tend to “explode,” spewing out blazing material that can land miles away, sparking new fires.

      ….The eucalyptus groves have been cleared out before. Klatt said many of today’s eucalyptus re-sprouted from stumps left over from the early 1970s, when a bad freeze prompted widespread cutting of damaged eucalyptus trees. The aggressive tree can grow up to 15 feet a year.

      To prevent regrowth, the stumps are sprayed with an herbicide immediately and will be treated again twice a year as part of ongoing maintenance…..

      Can you imagine what a nightmare these trees will be for the Africans?

      Remember Anthony’s article (New York Times) on They had to burn the village to save it from global warming? about Friday Mukamperezida death by burning thanks to New Forest.

      “…In 2005, the Ugandan government granted New Forests a 50-year license to grow pine and eucalyptus forests in three districts, and the company has applied to the United Nations to trade under the mechanism. The company expects that it could earn up to $1.8 million a year.

      “…But there was just one problem: people were living on the land where the company wanted to plant trees. Indeed, they had been there a while….”

  9. sfx2020 says:

    Government, which sounds like a swear word at times, to borrow a phrase, is an ass. The restrictions, or outlawing of the use of fire to clear underbrush, dead branches, weeds and anything else really, is one of the biggest examples of how the nanny state actually threatens it’s people with extreme danger. Putting out every last natural fire, as most people now know, just leads to the situation where the fire that can’t be put out right away, has decades of fuel, and we see these un-natural fire storms and disasters.

    But I’m preaching to the choir. Keep up the good work Tony. Almost always a joy to read.

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