Yosemite Wild Fire
A National Treasure is Being Destoyed
and Threatening San Francisco
What Can We Learn?
“The Yosemite wildfire, or so-called Rim fire, has prompted California governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for the city and county of San Francisco as the wildfire has grown into one of the fastest-moving wildfiresin the drought-parched US west. “The Rim fire continued to spread into Yosemite National Park on Saturday, burning more than 125,000 acres and threatening the power supply of San Francisco,” reported the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.” ~ Tina Burgess San Diego Top News Examiner
What can we learn?
1. Nature is Wild
Fires are not always cause by man. Weather sparks fires, as do even animals, and it’s all exacerbated by previous weather conditions. Sometimes the earth is in a dry cycle, and brush and grass get dry, and a lightning strike sparks a flame, which grows into a conflagration.
Fire isn’t always bad for forests. Some pine trees have to have fire to release new seeds. Sometimes nature uses fire to clear old growth and open room for new life.
We need to respect and treat our wild lands for what they are, wild.If we do, sometimes we will see floods and fires, and we will fight the fires and clean up after the floods. This is part of our basic responsibility for respecting and stewarding our wild lands.
2. Fire Prevention and Practice
Wild lands have been set aside for all of us to enjoy. Sometimes we get to just visit them, and sometimes some of us get to even live in them.
To respect our wildlands:
1. Know the proper place, procedures, and conditions when building a fire. Proper place; where it is legal and logical, and where a firewill burn contained. Proper conditions; when it is not too dry. Proper place; in a contained area with nothing around underneath, or hanging over it that will cause our little fire to become a disaster.
To prevent wildfires:
A. Find out the fire laws before starting any fire
B. Never start a fire where fire vehicles cannot gain access.
C. Report hazardous conditions that may start a wildfire.
D. Teach children fire safety.
E. Make sure you know emergency telephone numbers
F. Plan escape routes, by car and foot
3. Thank a Fire Safety Professional
If you can build a fire safely it’s probably because a Fire Safety Professional has been there before you, laying down laws, teaching safety, and giving his or her life for the wild lands you are enjoying.
Wikipedia says “The Adopt A Ranger Foundation has calculated that worldwide about 150,000 rangers are needed for the protected areas in developing and transitions countries. There is no data on how many rangers are employed at the moment, but probably less than half the protected areas in developing and transition countries have any rangers at all and those that have them are at least 50% short. This means that there would be a worldwide ranger deficit of 105,000 rangers in the developing and transition countries.”
It also says that
“Forest rangers, also known as foresters, need a bachelor's degree in forestry, biology or a related major before being considered for most positions. If the forester wants to work in a research position, further education is needed at a PhD level, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Approximately 50 accredited colleges in the United States offer a bachelor's degree in forestry. The forest range's state may offer a professional license, obtainable following the completion of a degree program plus several years of hands-on experience in the field.”