VLAT drops today on a backcountry fire (Lane Fire) headed for the Tehama Wildlife Area?
The whole front-country landscape below Ponderosa Way between Highway 36 and Highway 32 is overdue for burning. https://goo.gl/maps/T3rm4hPPDu42
The 45,000 acre Tehama Wildlife Area is West of the fire - burning is one of the only management tools they’ve got to reset old brush and create good-quality browse for the Tehama Deer Herd.
I know, CAL FIRE doesn’t manage fires, they just keep them as small as possible, we don’t have policy for that, it will burn up a bunch of SPI timberland, etc.
But man, there is just about NOTHING out there in 500,000 acres that won’t benefit from being burned right now.
And it’s not the public’s fault that SPI has clearcut and tree-farmed their land up there into a tinderbox that we are all now forced to pay to protect from the fire the rest of the landscape badly needs. I mean, look at this image - https://goo.gl/maps/pZAXAKnDnpu - they are growing trees in the most flammable possible way, just lopping their thinning slash and leaving it in the woods, in one of the most fire-prone places in California, and because they have decided to do it here, we’ve got to manage half a million acres of our best deer habitat without fire?
CAL FIRE says they want to do more prescribed burning, and I am glad to hear it. I’d just like to see them do some 100,000 acre units, cause a couple hundred acres here or there ain’t going to get it done!