The B and B Complex fire is still burning. Overnight it jumped from 10,000 acres to 24,000 acres.
North Side of Booth Fire. Not beetle kill, normal timber saved from Bush's Initiative. Thanks, Tree-Huggers.
There was a huge area of beetle-killed timber north of Hwy 20. If you drove the highway, you could see it as a big white patch in the forest north of the highway near the Santiam Pass. It all died years ago, from beetle infestation. You know, the one that the environmentalists insisted we should not spray for. Harmful, you know. So, there’s a huge area of dead timber out there, getting dryer and dryer. Harvesting of the dead timber could not be allowed because that would mean cutting trees and that will never do, the environmental lobby drew their lawyers and started suing. That effectively put an end to salvage logging.
Environmentalist have achieved the miracle of transforming any tree, no matter what it’s age, into “Old Growth”. The dead timber also was transformed into “Old Growth” somehow and was never allowed to be harvested. It would have resulted in what effectively have been a huge clear cut because the beetles killed all the trees in this area. Now we will have a charcoal bin instead.
The fire hit that beetle-kill last night. What a blaze. That area is not going to have large trees that survive, all the trees were already dry tinder and what had grown is not old enough to survive. At least they were saved from Bush’s Healthy Forest initiative.
There are also some disturbing rumors going around about the origins of the fires. Word has it that they both started within hours of each other and that there had been no lightening in the area for at least a week before. Fire investigators are going be looking long and hard at causes. I’m sure that some will immediately jump to the conclusion that they were started by President Bush to help his forest initiative, but most people around here think that if these were not natural fires, the “environmentalists” would be a more likely place to look. There’s no evidence for either view but we’ll see how it works out. I doesn’t make sense for anyone of either view to start them, but the “Environmentalist Activists” are not the sharpest knives in the drawer and there are many loggers that are very frustrated at having their livelihood shut down by distant do-gooders.
In the latest press release:
According to aerial reconnaissance, eight sleeping cabins, an auditorium, and a shower house burned at the Round Lake Christian Camp today. Structural crews have successfully protected structures in other areas that have experienced fire activity.
I’m sure that the fact that this was a church camp is of great relief to many. Any loss to Christians is seen as a good thing by many of the same people that oppose cutting trees before they burn.
Crews are using back fires and expanding the forest roads, that are so terrible, into fire breaks to try to contain the fires. I’m sure this will be unacceptable to the “activists” but during a fire, there ability to sue is diminished. I’m sure they probably are suing over something, but no one will listen to them until after the fire. Then they will find some points to win on, collect their legal costs from the tax payers, and keep their legal advisers happy at our expense.