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October 06, 2008



This lawyer from Chicago is completely ignorant of Southern California Fire Ecology.

Fact #1: The Cedar Fire burned in primarily shrubland plant communities NOT forests. Shrubland communities do not have "underbrush." If indeed this case is predicated on the assumption that "Fire, however, is part of the ecology of forests" then it does not apply to the geographic area in question.

Fact #2: Scientific studies have overwhelmingly shown that fire suppression policy in shrubland ecosystems has had NO effect on the subsequent intensity and size of fires in said ecosystems.

Fact #3: Historical data shows that during this ostensible century of fire suppression, the number of fires per year has actually INCREASED in Southern California. If in fact the Cedar Fire was a result of not allowing fires to burn over the past century how does this lawyer from Chicago account for the INCREASE in fire activity in the given area over that same century?

Fact #4: The recent Witch and Harris fires of October 2007 burned tens of thousands of acres in the footprint of the cedar fire. That is, areas that burned just four years prior burned AGAIN.


That's not the worst of it. Read this story:,2933,101763,00.html

The fire could have been contained if a night water drop had been made but the forest service had already put the helos to bed for the night and didn't want to drop.

Turns out just last week they decided that yes they would allow night water drops from now on. They decided it wasn't all that dangerous after all. Of course the fact that San Diego Fire has been doing night ops for the last few years didn't sway their decision...

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