Fire Danger Extremely High…BE CAREFUL!!!

by lizard

The fire that started today, between Frenchtown and Missoula, was sparked by a lawn mower going over a rock:

A new wildfire burning just east of Frenchtown and west of Missoula has grown to over 550 acres and prompted several evacuations. The fire – started by a mower sparking on a rock this afternoon – has forced homeowners between Mill Creek and Fred Lane to evacuate as firefighters attack the blaze from the ground and the air.

We could be looking at a pretty serious fire season in Western Montana. A cool, rainy June means more growth that will dry out and become potential fuel.

  1. Matthew Koehler

    Yep, we’re just one timber sale lawsuit away from a state-wide inferno.

    If anyone’s interested in a blog devoted more to Forest Service policy and management, they may want to visit:

  2. NamelessRange

    Wow . I had not seen this blog before. I always thought public lands policy was a void in the blogosphere.Thanks for posting Matthew Koehler.

  3. Big Johansson

    Timber will be harvested.

    Whether by chain saw or inferno.

  4. BJ,

    Harvested is an agricultural term often misapplied to forests, especially public forests. Plantation agricultural in Montana has, I believe, proven to be an absolute failure on the scale comparable to Soviet agriculture. Yields are so low we can never compete on a global lumber market, which requires constant and increasing amounts of federal “stumulus.”

    Fire, or “inferno” as you prefer, requires no government intervention and is an essential element in the cycle that produces and renews forests and all the life forms that forest ecosystems support.

    Fire renews forests, “harvesting” depletes them, and destroys many of the important live forms we value far more than sawdust, chips exported on Warren Buffett’s trains to China and Japan, and sub-standard 2 x 4s.

    To equate industrial logging with wildfire fire is a myth perpetuated by industry propaganda that serves Red-state poiticians, a narrow slice of people in the investor class, and a few plantation workers living at or near poverty.

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