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  •  Controlled Burns cost money (3+ / 0-)
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    mataliandy, terrypinder, jqmilktoast

    And they never get done because of this.  We need proactive technigues to clear brush from hillsides covered by decades (40 years plus) of growth.  It's healthy for the soil, eliminates the fuel that allow these fires to rage.  

    "Constitutional Crisis Forthcoming"

    by egarratt on Thu Oct 25, 2007 at 10:10:32 AM PDT

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      mataliandy

      and STOP planting Eukaliptus(sp?) trees.

      they make the very air itself flammable when their oil gets vaporized when it's warm and dry. Plus, they're not native to the US.

      •  But then where would (1+ / 0-)
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        mataliandy

        we get our mentholated cough drops? </smartass mode off>

        Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -Frederic Bastiat

        by jqmilktoast on Thu Oct 25, 2007 at 10:38:42 AM PDT

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        •  heh true (2+ / 0-)
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          mataliandy, A Siegel

          but as I understand the history people bought them here during the Gold Rush, and because they grow fast without realizing how flammable they were. I read somewhere they can explode, like literally explode.

          I also remember a picture from the 2003 fires of a neighborhood completely burned---but the Eukalyptus trees were standing tall and green. They had done their job (I swore, at the time, the picture was photoshopped).

          •  People brought forth onto this continent (0+ / 0-)

            a new nation, and many non-native species of flora and fauna, intentionally and otherwise. It is necessary, but very difficult to mitigate the risks of introducing alien species.

            Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -Frederic Bastiat

            by jqmilktoast on Thu Oct 25, 2007 at 11:47:03 AM PDT

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