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Posted on December 14 at 7:54 p.m.
The bottom line; people are starting fires in the wrong place @ the wrong time. The destructive potential for Calif wildfires to destroy communities is huge.In Oakland 25 died,in the Painted Cave 1 died & the fire jumped the freeway & burned the homes @ Modoc & Hollister. The Tea & Jesuita were back to back & unusually late & early in the season. The fellow who drinks 2 cocktails & drives doesn't intend to run over the young woman riding her bicycle @ night & mangle her body, but he does. That is why there are laws in place, to prevent these horrible things from happening. It takes a while for these laws to have their intended impact, just how many lives have been saved because someone was afraid of getting a DUI?.... LOTS! Getting burned to death is a horrible experience. Losing your home isn't much fun either. How can we as a society use the law to prevent these disasters? First step close these high-risk fire areas during the fire season. Second step, determine when the fire season is. Last year it was all year. Should the fire starters be sacrificed to set an example? I personally don't think they should, but people need to know that every one else "lost their privaleges because of their actions. Tequila
On DA Explains Jesusita Fire Charges
Posted on December 14 at 7:23 p.m.
MuddyPuppet,One needs to distinguish between punitive & preventative motives in the law. There are strict laws against driving drunk, just show up @ a MADD meeting & you will know why. Innocent people die every year because people drink 2 cocktails & drive. These people don't intend to run over a small child, but despite their lack of malice they can never pick-up that child's crumpled body & restore life. I agree that these people don't intend to destroy communities or sometimes even life......but they just do. Laws are in place so they don't. Unfortunately most people just don't connect the dots. Wildfires can be so INCREDIBLY DESTRUCTIVE that we cannot afford every nieve fire starter "find out the hard way" that they did something stupid. Tequila
On Trail Gnomes Charged in Jesusita Fire
Posted on December 12 at 8:42 a.m.
Earthling, I lost my home in the Jesuita fire,& 2 fire trucks on my street burned saving the lives of 3 families who refused to leave. Many people don't realize how close we came to loosing many lives. 25 people died in the Oakland fire. People are starting fires in the front country during the fire season. I really don't care what their excuse is, I just don't want to see anyone else got burned. I agree w/ you ; if people are denied access to these areas then they just won't be able to start these fires. ( no brainer ), blue agave.