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Re: California fires


Yes, it seems like there more fires, but it may be just that humans have encroached on land that used to burn regularly, but with no major potential for loss. I remember reading about prairie fires when I was a kid. They apparently swept through many hundreds of acres and were devastating to those in the path, but there weren't many people in the path.

I have a biologist friend in California who's mentioned several times the problem of fire suppression, and its eventual toll on the environment when brush gets out of hand and interacts, after a small spark, with electric and gas service, and goes Poof!

One thing that's very chilling to me though, is that according to a radio report I listened to recently, British Intelligence officers found documents indicating that Al Qaeda may be plotting, and has been training people to set fires in Europe, Australia and the US. Apparently the plan is to tax both civil and monetary resources. There was some flap a few years ago that they may have been linked to some of the SoCal fires, but I think that was discounted.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 5:33 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] California fires

No kidding. Is it my imagination, or does it seem like there are a lot more
wildfires than there used to be?

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