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A year after CZU fires, Gov. Newsom visits Big Basin State Park to reflect on California's climate threats

Original post made on Aug 19, 2021

A year after the devastating CZU August Lightning Complex erupted, Gov. Gavin Newsom visited Big Basin State Park Tuesday to reflect on the state's response to wildfires, droughts and other climate threats.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 3:05 PM

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Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 19, 2021 at 1:26 pm

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Actually, although Newsome claims that California is facing unprecedented threats from "Mother Nature", the greatest threat to the Forests and the environment is Government inaction. Until the State & Federal Governments actively manage the Forest to remove the tinder that rapidly spreads the fires, (i.e. allow controlled burning, logging and removal of the slash and unwanted vegetation from the Forests), wildfires will burn out of control. We have > 100 years of stopping real Forest management & building a "tinderbox". Newsome needs to stop talking & spending money of yet more consultants and studies. The money needs to be spent on "Boots in the Forest" cleaning up the Forest so we don't have to send "Boots in the Forest" to fight the rapidly expanding Wildfires.
Newsome needs to actually do something, not just "Talk a good Game"!

Posted by Jon Castor
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Aug 19, 2021 at 3:31 pm

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I hope the Governor had a lot more to say about how to address our wildfire problem than what's reported in the article. Reportedly he said "We have the largest civilian firefighting force in the world in the state of California, yet still it's not enough..." We've suppressed fire for over a hundred years - but fire is a natural part of our ecosystem. As a result of our longstanding policy of suppression, when there finally is a fire, there's a lot more to burn. No surprise that we get really big fires. Do that for long enough over a huge forested area, and you need the 'world's largest fire fighting force'. We have to break this cycle, there are ways to do it, and our state and federal administrations need to get on with it in a big (vs a token) way. Redwood tree rings tell us that burns naturally occur every 25 years or so, we know Native Americans were smart and used controlled burns, we're in the midst of another drought, and the climate is warming. I hope we get our act together soon. Real soon.

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