Gila hit with another blaze (4 a.m.)

Another fire broke out over the weekend on the Gila National Forest up near Reserve forcing the temporary closure of Highway 180, and the Forest is implementing fire restrictions on the Forest starting today. Read more

Watseka, IL

#1 Apr 18, 2011
The forest and game were much more plentiful before the days of man initiated fire suppression,control,and prescribed burns.
Lou ped

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Apr 18, 2011
"The forest and game were much more plentiful before the days of man initiated fire suppression,control,and prescribed burns."

Nonsense. About 1900, before fire suppression or prescribed burns, most big game species were extinct or almost extinct, in New Mexico due to over-hunting.

Aggressive fire suppression was initially started because people viewed the trees in the forest as nothing more than wood that could be sold for a profit. This practice was also supported as more and more people moved into the forest.

Prescribed burns ARE essential to regarding ecosystems and definitely help prevent catastrophic fires. And habitat management, including expanding road-less areas, are also essential.

However, the facts are that most rural landowners will not clear forest around their homes even though this would help protect their homes, that more and more people do not want to pay taxes to support fire control personnel, and that most people seem incapable of realizing that the Earth is warming up rapidly so that catastrophic wildfires WILL increase unless humans change their behavior.

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