Who ever thought a fish could cause a wildfire?
A good friend of mine who works for the power company showed me a picture of a LIVE large bull moose tangled high above the ground in high voltage lines between two power towers. It seems that after investigating, the power company, deduced the following, While stringing new lines between the towers the bull moose walked over them while they were still on the ground and was feeding. Unaware a mile or so away the power company started to take the slack out of the lines and the moose was lifted into the air. An inspector checking progress of the lines saw the moose in the air and the lines were slacked and the moose released.
During slow fire years, BLM firefighters are a big cause of wild fires, and they are quick to blame innocent members of the public when things get out of hand. I might have had a big fire bill presented to me about 20 years ago if I had not taken a photo of the fire starting 5 or 6 miles from where I was flying. I was the first to respond, and had the fire 50% contained when the BLM arrived, and they were not happy.
Hi guys, I do not know BLM stands for but I think it could be the volunteer fire fighter who has been proved out here in Australia that some fires are started be them to get their thrills, the biggest fires are stated by children to see what happens and for a laugh... Ray
USA term = Bureau of Land Management
Interesting stories. We don't have many slow fire years anymore. Longtime firefighters are commenting on how much larger and more fierce the fires are than they were 20 years ago. The forests are weakened by drought.
Lightning started over 1,000 fires in Calif. in a two week period in 2009. Several of them got big.
Wildland fires here in Socalif can happen on the same ground every few years, as the mesquite and brush grow fast in wet years. The infrastructure is barely touched. Fires in the 'burbs in the Pines like the Black Forest fire near Colo Springs that just burned 475 structures are permanently devastating, as those trees that make the area so appealing won't grow back for generations, if ever.
This was his last look at his house in Black Forest as a former neighbor who grew up here on Old Pirate Lane fled with what little he could.
It has been a few years since federal employee was credited with starting a fire. One was in Colorado, with a number of homes burned, the Forest Service employee blamed a camper, but later admitted she started the fire, she may still be in prison. The other recent one was in New Mexico where a number of BLM or Forest service people started a "controlled burn" during high wind warnings causing the lose of about 70 homes. I do not thing any of them were prosecuted on that one though. I think the one on Colorado may be the only case where the arson served prison time, and that was a deterrent to others. Having been accused by Bureau of Land Management employees, and having been assumed guilty and having to prove myself innocent, I have a much reduced respect for Federal firefighters in general.