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SAN DIEGO -- All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday as firefighters gained the upper hand on the remaining four of nearly a dozen blazes that tore through Southern California last week.

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Print Headline: Brown warns of California peril

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  • Educator
    May 19, 2014 at 8:02 a.m.

    Fire has always been a part of forest ecosystems, especially out West. But, increasing fuel buildup (limbs, leaves or needles, dead trees) is also contributing to increasing fire severity (I am not sure if these climate change reports cited in the article mention this). A decades-long policy of "put all fires out" (think of Smokey the Bear) has contributed to increased fuel levels, especially out West. Further, the ability to manage forests to reduce such fuel buildup is often hampered by regulation or outright anti-management beliefs and policy. So, in all likelihood, humans are a major contributing factors to fire severity, but I am not sure if so-called "human-induced climate change" is the primary culprit.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    May 19, 2014 at 9:22 a.m.

    I agree with you Educator.

  • 000
    May 19, 2014 at 10:02 a.m.

    Right on, Educator.
    Since I began reading the newspapers, more than 50 years, not a year has gone by that did not feature stories of California burning. Followed in the fall with stories of California mudslides. Why does the rest of the country subsidize these Californians in their obstinate life-styles? Hills gonna burn and turn to mud. Canyons gonna burn and fill with mud. After 50 years, realize that, dammit. Quit building in fire zones, flood zones and other "this is really nice and I'm really rich and if something bad happens, other people's money will bail me out" geo-locations.

  • Populist
    May 19, 2014 at 10:22 a.m.

    Pobucker,

    While I agree with your sentiments that people should not be allowed to build in risky locations, please keep in mind that California is one of the states which receives the least per capita of federal subsidies. In some parts of the country, people go to college, get jobs, and pay taxes. Most of the slackers on welfare come from the poor states with bad education systems.

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