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US Forest Service new policy is "Let it burn!"
Critics say the current U.S. Forest Service policy to let wilderness fires get out of control is dangerous to life and is expensive. Current forest fires in Oregon will cost hundreds of millions of dollars to fight.
By: Dr. Steve Johnston, author.com
Forestry managers are split as to current policy to "Let it burn" in the wilderness. In the 1935 the Forest Service established the so called 10 A.M. policy, which decreed every fire should be suppressed by 10 A.M. the day following its initial report. However, in the 1990s there was a radical change. New policy was to let naturally caused fires from lightening to burn themselves out in wilderness areas and allow nature to clean the forest. However, mega forest fires are now costing hundreds of millions of dollars to fight.
Many believe the deep ecologist's devotion to their god, Gaia, or Mother Earth, is at the heart of the ludicrous position to let fires get out of control. The Forest Service argues it is too dangerous sometimes to send fire fighters into rugged remote areas alone when fires first start in wilderness areas. However, critics say the Wilderness is dangerous because lookout towers, fire roads, and mechanized fire fighting equipment have been removed. The core issue is one of worldview. The Judeo-Christian tradition is that man is to have dominion over plants and animals. The Godless pagan concept is that man is merely an animal evolved by chance. When man is not allowed to manage the forest, life is placed at risk. Progressives want to double down and create wilderness corridors for animal migration across the U.S.
Christians believe God answered their prayer and brought favorable weather. Federal laws and Forest Service Policy need to reinstate the 10 A.M. policy, and put out fires the day following initial report.
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Page Updated Last on: Sep 14, 2017