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Re: “Gone Native

Great article! I just moved out here and was talking to members of my Deep Ecology discussion group about what edible wild plants there were out here - they only knew of the camas - thanks for the other two! SST

Posted by Scott Swensden on 03/16/2007 at 8:30 PM

Re: “September 6—12

In regards to Ed Nemechek's comments concerning the usage of very large air tankers in controlling wildland fires, I am surprised by his obvious lack of knowledge regarding wildland fire fighting tactics & strategies. There is no single method or mechanism (outside of significant weather patterns such as long-term rain or snow fall) that will completely control a wildland fire. All wildland fires that are to be suppressed are fought with a combination of resources, tools and methods. In fact, retardant drops via an air tanker are rarely used as a sole fire suppression tactic - these drops are normally followed up on the ground by human & mechanical resources such as hotshot crews, hand crews, dozers and engines to efficiently utilize the retardant drop to enhance the actual fire break - thru hand-dug line, or burn-out activities or just working on a direct attack plan while the on-coming flame lengths have been reduced. In addition, a massive wildland fire such as the one described by Mr. Nemechek would likely be creating it's own weather pattern causing embers to float out to non-burned areas causing spot fires which would be outside of the air tanker retardant drop areas. If the intent of Mr. Nemechek's letter is to reduce or eliminate the ground forces to allow "the only effective tool" to be used, then the additional usage of retardant as well as the additional flights to the wildland fire to "control" these spot fires will be overwhelmingly inefficient. As to his interest in prosecuting officials because of their lack of care for the value of human life and suffering, I would caution him to realize that there are numerous officials in our current government that have already proven their lack of concern for the value of human life & suffering, and should one official in a wildland fire agency be successfully convicted, that others in other federal agencies should also be prosecuted and at some point, all of us would be guilty for our lack of concern for the human suffering that currently exists within our life. Please post this as a concerned citizen as well as a wildland firefighter. Scott Swendsen Boise, ID

Posted by Scott Swensden on 09/13/2006 at 2:26 PM

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