Those 19 firefighters didn’t need to die
by Mark Luedtke
Every year, wildfires burn an outrageous amount of territory. Homes and property are consumed by fires. Forests are wiped out. Millions of animals are killed. These fires are perennial personal, economic and environmental disasters on a massive scale.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Wildfires are a direct consequence of federal government policy, and a change in policy could prevent them, but the government never changes the policy. Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. U.S. forest management is insane, our political system is insane for blocking a policy change and Americans are insane for not changing – or better yet abolishing – that political system.
For the past 15 years or so, the global warming frauds have blamed the fires on global warming. That’s baloney. People out West understand the cause of the fires, but that information rarely makes it east of the Mississippi.
The Tuscon Citizen reported the conclusion of an unprecedented study of 1,400 years of tree ring data, “Forest policy of fire suppression prevented forests being naturally thinned by relatively small ground fires. The result was a build up of brush, which exacerbated fires to produce even larger, more destructive wildfires. The researchers say, ‘The U.S. would not be experiencing massive large-canopy-killing crown fires today if human activities had not begun to suppress the low-severity surface fires that were so common more than a century ago.’” When the researchers say “human activity,” they mean government policy. Wildfires don’t happen on private land. They start and blaze out of control on government land where policy allows low-level brush to accumulate to fuel them.
The article continued describing the benefits of small fires the government suppresses: “‘[Small] fires cleaned up the understory, kept it very open and made it resilient to climate changes because even if there was a really severe drought, there weren’t the big explosive fires that burn through the canopy because there were no fuels to take it up there.’ ‘The trees had adapted to frequent surface fires, and adult trees didn’t die from massive fire events because the fires burned on the surface and not in the canopy.’”
Government malfeasance in forest management doesn’t stop there. The Morgan County News in Morgan, Utah reported that County Commissioner Doug Heaton understands the problem: “Heaton said the federal government is managing forests ‘under environmental pressure,’ resulting in management for preservation and to protect endangered species. Heaton said the ironic outcome is that animals, as many as three per acre, are burned in wildfires. That means about 50 million animals perished in fires last year. In addition, wildfires add pollutants into the atmosphere.”
The article also explained why wildfires strike almost exclusively in the west: “’According to the Bureau of Land Management, the federal government controls over 50 percent of all land in the Western states, but less than 5 percent of all lands east of Colorado. This means that the Western states are more at risk for widespread wildfires,’ Heaton said.”
The core problem is environmentalists in the East – where political power lies because of greater population – who use the federal government’s power of coercion to seize and control land in the West and they’ve forced a policy of perpetual, disastrous wildfires on the people out West.
It gets worse. Under pressure from environmental lobbyists, the federal government has been systematically shutting down roads in Western forests. The goal is to stop loggers from maintaining forests, but roads serve as fire-brakes and they enable firefighters to fight fires more effectively.
Unfortunately, Heaton, because he’s a politician, doesn’t understand the solution. “‘The best way to counteract this is to band together as local and jurisdictional authorities, businesses and organizations to ‘form a defense and go on offense to reclaim local control over matters of land access, use and ownership,’ Heaton said. ‘We need to give courage to the state legislature and governor. We must get behind the state and push them to do what they should.’”
While I appreciate Heaton’s support for state’s rights, government is not the solution to this problem. Because government has no prices and profits to guide its activities, government cannot manage resources for economic benefit. It’s impossible. It can only manage them for political benefit – for the benefit of plutocrats, politicians and bureaucrats – never the people.
The solution to the wildfire problem is for people to take ownership of the land. Private owners manage the land for personal benefit, so they keep kindling from piling up on forest floors. They also band together to protect each other’s property from burning out of control. In contrast, the government uses martial law tactics to force property owners to abandon their properties, preventing them from fighting fires.
Environmentalist policy creates wildfires, then they use wildfires to steal more tax dollars to lobby for more destructive policies. They don’t care that 19 firefighters died because of their actions. Neither do politicians. Environmentalists consider humans a plague, and politicians prey on them. But by taking back what should be private property, Americans can truly prevent wildfires.
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Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.