Saving Fish Before Firefighters.
During a recent forest fire, help for trapped firefighters was delayed out of fear that it might harm the "endangered" bull trout Bull´ trout`
1. (Zool.) In England, a large salmon trout of several species, as Salmo trutta and Salmo Cambricus, which ascend rivers; - called also sea trout ltname>. . Result: The fish were saved; four firefighters died.
A crew battling a wildfire makes a radio request for a helicopter water drop. Fighting forest fires This is a list of notorious forest fires: North America
Year Size Name Area Notes
1825 3,000,000 acres (12,000 km²) Miramichi Fire New Brunswick Killed 160 people. is always hot, exhausting, dangerous work, and in the tinderboxes which are our grossly mismanaged national forests, a momentary delay can be deadly. If you're the radio dispatcher Software that determines what pending tasks should be done next and assigns the available resources to accomplish it. It may execute other programs or generate a list for human operators to follow. See scheduler. who receives the request, what do you do?
A) Immediately order the water drop.
B) Deny the request because the drop may risk harming an "endangered" fish.
C) Relay the request to "higher authorities" who will dither dith·er
A state of indecisive agitation.
intr.v. dith·ered, dith·er·ing, dith·ers
To be nervously irresolute in acting or doing. for hours trying to determine whether departmental policy allows suspension of the fish rules in order help the firefighters.
For any normal, rational person, the decision is a no-brainer. But today, when the supposed interests of "endangered" dung beetles, snail darters, suckers, and gnatcatchers regularly trump those of mere humans, federal employees are not allowed the luxury of normalcy nor·mal·cy
Noun 1. normalcy - being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning
normality and rationality.
On July 10th, four firefighters battling a blaze in Washington state's Okanogan National Forest The Okanogan National Forest is a U.S. National Forest in north-central Washington State, United States. The 6077 square km forest is bordered on the north by Canada, on the east by Colville National Forest, on the south by the divide between the Methow and the Stehekin-Lake Chelan were killed by the fire, after waiting more than nine hours for a requested water drop. Trapped by flames, Tom Craven, 30, Devin Weaver, 21, Jessica Johnson, 19, and Karen Fitzpatrick, 18, tried to survive by huddling in their fire-resistant survival tents. The tents merely served as their death shrouds. A co-worker, Jason Emhoff, survived but was severely burned.
The tragic death toll was very nearly much, much higher. Seventeen additional fire crew members and two hikers narrowly escaped the fatal blaze.
Early on the morning of July 10th, an elite team of firefighters known as "Hot Shots" had contained what came to be known as the "Thirty Mile Fire." At 5:30 a.m. they requested a helicopter water drop to help douse douse 1 also dowse
v. doused also dowsed, dous·ing also dows·ing, dous·es also dows·es
1. To plunge into liquid; immerse. See Synonyms at dip.
2. the fire. They were informed that one would not be available until 10 a.m. Expecting the arrival of the chopper, the Hot Shots turned over the fire to a "mop-up" crew. In the drought-dried, brush-choked national forests of the western states, the fire hazard fire hazard fire n that's a fire hazard → das ist feuergefährlich
fire hazard n that's a fire hazard → comporta rischi in caso d'incendio increases dramatically as morning temperatures begin to rise and the dew evaporates. Winds can quickly whip a "contained" fire into an inferno.
The mop-up crew waited for the promised water drop. It didn't come at 10 o'clock. By noon it had still not arrived, so the crew made another request. "At 12:06, the dispatch office ordered the helicopter," Jan Flatten, the environmental officer for the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests, told FOX News on August 1st. "However, because there were endangered species endangered species, any plant or animal species whose ability to survive and reproduce has been jeopardized by human activities. In 1999 the U.S. government, in accordance with the U.S. in the Chewuch River, they wanted to get permission from the district in order to dip into dip into
1. to draw upon: he dipped into his savings
2. to read passages at random from (a book or journal)
Verb 1. the river."
The great fear was that the bucket used by the helicopter to scoop up Verb 1. scoop up - take out or up with or as if with a scoop; "scoop the sugar out of the container"
lift out, scoop, scoop out, take up
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something water might accidentally also scoop up an endangered bull trout. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Flatten, the dispatch office couldn't reach anyone with the authority to approve the helicopter drop. Forest Service District Commander John Newcom, Fire Manager Peter Sodoquist, and a biologist huddled for two hours to determine whether or not they could grant an exemption for the helicopter drop.
"That time lag of about two hours was when they were trying to locate someone with the authority to tell them they could go ahead and take water out of the Chewuch River," said Flatten. Still unexplained is why it took the officials from 5:30 a.m. -- when the request was first made -- until noon to attempt to convene their high privy council Privy Council
Historically, the British sovereign's private council. Once powerful, the Privy Council has long ceased to be an active body, having lost most of its judicial and political functions since the middle of the 17th century. .
Eventually, permission was given for the helicopter mission. Around 3 p.m., more than nine hours after the initial request, the helicopter drop finally came. By then it was too late; the fire was rapidly spreading. In short order, it grew from 25 acres to 2,500 acres, trapping the firefighters.
The fire crew made a desperate attempt to flee in their vans. Pete Kampen, a seven-year firefighter and the fire's crew-boss trainee, got seven firefighters into a van and down the road, racing a wall of flames that threatened to cut off any escape route. "We just flat gunned it. It's the first time I've been really scared," an Associated Press story quoted Kampen as saying. The remaining 14 crew members were following in a second van but the towering inferno blocked their path and drove them back. They were forced to abandon their vehicle and take refuge in their fire tents. Two hikers trapped by the soaring flames stumbled onto the crew and one of the young firefighters gave them refuge in her shelter, even though it is designed for single occupancy. Ten of the stranded crew members and the two hikers survived the harrowing ordeal; four did not.
Deadly ESA 1. (architecture) ESA - Enterprise Systems Architecture.
2. (body) ESA - European Space Agency.
At a July 31st hearing of the Forests Subcommittee of the House Resources Committee, Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) stated: "I am very, very concerned. We need to find out if there was a delay putting water on this ... because of the Endangered Species Act The federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) (16 U.S.C.A. §§ 1531 et seq.) was enacted to protect animal and plant species from extinction by preserving the ecosystems in which they survive and by providing programs for their conservation. ."
The bureaucrats ran for cover. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a press release on August 1st denying "allegations" that there had been any delay in water delivery to the fire due to the ESA. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wishes to clarify that wildland fires represent an emergency under the Endangered Species Act and that in no circumstances is emergency response to be delayed or obstructed because of Endangered Species Act considerations," declared the agency.
If that is official policy, it obviously is not the de facto [Latin, In fact.] In fact, in deed, actually.
This phrase is used to characterize an officer, a government, a past action, or a state of affairs that must be accepted for all practical purposes, but is illegal or illegitimate. operating policy guiding people in the field. In practice, federal employees in the field know that rules protecting "endangered" species are sacrosanct sac·ro·sanct
Regarded as sacred and inviolable.
[Latin sacrs , and any violation may cost them their job. They have seen the "rights" of spiders, spotted newts, and plovers trump human rights many times. They have seen timber towns and loggers shut down for spotted owls and farmers arrested for accidentally killing rats while plowing their fields. They've seen farmers have their water cut off in the middle of a drought for the supposed benefit of sucker fish. They have seen federal SWAT teams First developed in the 1960s by local law enforcement agencies, Special Weapons and Tactics units, or SWAT teams, have become common in police departments throughout the United States. descend on an elderly rancher for shooting a wolf that was killing his livestock.
Federal bureaucrats may have paper directives hidden in their desks for the purpose of absolving them of the consequences of their draconian policies, but the reality is that the institutional mind-set is one in which designated "endangered" species must be protected at all costs. The Endangered Species Act has been wreaking havoc for decades and the Thirty Mile Fire is not the first time the ESA has taken human lives.
In 1992, environmental extremists used the ESA to stop controlled bums of dangerous brush build-ups, claiming the preventive actions would endanger protected gnatcatchers and rats. Fire authorities warned that deadly infernos awaited unless the brush was burned early in the year. The environmentalists, with their attorneys and media support, won. But nature had its way. Propelled by strong "Santa Ana" winds and fueled by the protected brush, wildfires consumed more than 150,000 acres, inflicting more than half a billion dollars in damage. More than 500 homes were lost or damaged in the disaster. Some 30,000 people were forced to evacuate their properties. Three people lost their lives. Thousands were left temporarily homeless. And many endangered gnatcatchers were killed by the flames and most of their habitat was destroyed.
Millions of acres of federal forests are now clogged with unnatural fuel buildup, thanks to "endangered species" regulations that have set the fuse on more tragedies to come. These tinderboxes are awaiting only a spark to burst into raging, deadly forest fires that will certainly take more human lives, while destroying resources, habitat, and many of the very species the ESA ostensibly os·ten·si·ble
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive: His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity. was crafted to protect. The ESA has repeatedly proven itself completely impractical in accomplishing its stated objectives. But this unconstitutional act has been very effective at destroying the rights of American citizens and transferring enormous power to the federal bureaucracy. The Endangered Species Act should not be reformed; it should be abolished.