Sunday, June 22, 2008
The lightning strikes of two nights ago have started over 100 fires in our county. It almost feels like de-ja vu, because our State Park neighbor is once again letting its wild fire just do its thing. I think their official statement is something along the lines of 'the fire is doing nothing but good'. Which would be just fine if they could keep it contained in their own backyard. In 2003 when we got burned, literally and figuratively, the fire did nothing but good in the park for over 3 weeks before burning over 1200 acres of our ranch and 10,000 acres owned by the public. Most of what was burned on our place was because of the backfire the firefighters used to stop the blaze. This backfire, and "take" of private property was necessary because for some reason the State Park was not required to maintain a control line around a fire that they asked calfire to allow to burn to the perimeter of their boundary. I can still remember my husband asking a head fire honcho if we could just let the fire burn our ranch too. What if we liked what it was doing? Could we decline the backfire? Well, the answer was negative. They had to use our ranch to stop the fire from burning any further. Don't get me wrong, I am glad they stopped it. I am glad they could stop it, I just wish the State Park fell under the same rules as the rest of us. Actually, as you can see, these new fires are bringing back some negative thoughts and overall bad feelings. I am feeling a little feisty so I better stop here. Our neighbor and fellow blogger has put together some info on the fires and if you are interested check it out.
at 3:55 PM