© a Quinn Martin production
Lots of you have been asking what you can do to help. This year's resolution is to affect change on The Angeles and take back OUR forest. I will have an online petition circulating soon. Thanks everybody.

I originally wanted to blog about my adventures in the San Gabriel Mountains. I have some good stories, like the time I took a donkey to Ralph's Supermarket. But then the Station Fire started. I realized that there is much that needs to be brought to the attention of the mountain going public. Most folks are kept in the dark about how the Angeles National Forest operates. I will raise issues that are important to me, which are hopefully important to all citizens, but if you have any suggestions for discussion here, I am willing.

Here's the big agenda: Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. I've made a few smart remarks and cryptic comments about her. But now, with the backing of some knowledgeable and trusted friends, it is time for a concerted effort to have her removed from her post. Stay tuned for details. And if you have any information you would like to contribute, anonymously or not, email me at gregsweet4@yahoo.com

I will get to some of the stories, sooner or later. Also, I want to make it clear that I no longer work at Adams' Pack Station, that these words are my own, and that the pack station is not the source of my information - they don't want trouble.

Inaccessible? (part 2)

The Station Fire review said that the fire could not be fought in the first days because the terrain is "inaccessible", and that air support would have done no good. I have shown here that it is not inaccessible, and I have posted video of crews hiking a comparable ridgeline in subsequent days. There is an outside review of the fire pending which, I am sure, will take into consideration the two LA County firefighters who died in the Station Fire.

This is a clip, from the Forest Service's own documentary, about how air support, "smokejumpers" in particular, can actually SAVE the lives of firefighters. It also demonstrates the enthusiasm that wildland firefighters have for their job...


Cafe Observer said...

It wood bee hard to believe that the way the fire was fought could not have been improved on.

Anonymous said...

I have heard the same exact reason given when I lost my home in san dimas canyon 2002... wow