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Why California Burns - One possible explanation

The existing regulations do not meet the current requirements of the City’s Fire Chief, particularly with respect to brush management.

-San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders

Strong environmental protection policy is essential for our survival here on Earth.  Whether people can or can’t trim or cut brush in order to save their lives, should not be a debate.

Fires are getting more expensive to fight due to rising costs of fighting bigger fires and drier conditions. (CNN)

Has anybody asked themselves, “What if fires were getting more intense because there was a greater supply of fuel than ever before?”  Firestorms have intensified over the last 15 years according to Urban Wild Land Fire guru and former Los Angeles County (LACoFD) chief Scott Franklin.  ”Its curious to note”, says former  chief Scott Franklin, “that the intensification of fire storms coincides with stronger environmental protection…” He is referring to the large continuous swaths of fuel beds to be specific.

What if a simple revisit to the way we protect and manage brush decreased the fuel source that drives the fires? Think it might save precious resources environmental, human, and financial?

A clear public safety hazard is present for existing structures adjacent to undeveloped areas of native and naturalized vegetation.

-San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders

What if it were possible to trim the protected brush in a way that decreases the head of the brush - the part that’s is similar to a match. I’m no rocket scientist but if you decrease the head of the match, the flame length is shorter, thus the Santa Ana winds wouldn’t be whipping up 50′ to 100′ flames….they’d be blowing over flames 10′ or less but the good news for everyone is that the chaparral rejuvenates and potential damage to lives and homes is decrease. 

Problem is there needs to be cooperation on all sides.

Why not start there?

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3 Responses to “Why California Burns - One possible explanation”

  1. Brian Humphrey Says:

    Please know that our good friend and mentor Scott Franklin was a distinguished member of the Los Angeles *County* Fire Department (LACoFD) and _not_ the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

    The LAFD and LACoFD are separate agencies.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  2. admin Says:

    Brian.
    Thank you for writing in. Thanks for spotting the error. oops I will make the change. I’d like to screen film for you and firefighters pre-festival release. There are many issues everyone needs to dialog on for public safety and environmental protection.
    Happy Holidays.
    Be safe,
    Peace and blessings,
    Richard

  3. Brian Humphrey Says:

    Richard,

    Thanks for your kindhearted note and invitation - and yes, we agree that dialogue is essential to this and many other aspects of life safety. Kindly accept our best wishes for success!

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

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