May 16th, 2007

hope, science, green hills of earth

Five MORE Facts About California Wildfires

REUTERS: Five Facts about California Wildfires

Here are five more facts that they left out:

1. Wildfires are a natural part of California's chaparral ecosystem, especially in Southern California.

2. Many chaparral species depend on periodic wildfires to reproduce -- some species, for example, produce seed casings that only rupture under conditions of extreme heat.

3. Many of these species are threatened or endangered.

4. A century of intensive wildfire prevention has created such a build-up of brush and detrius that even minor fires can quickly rage to catastrophic proportions.

5. Much of the damage and destruction of the 2003 Cedar Fire Reuters mentions occurred in areas populated by a large number of wealthy conservatives who voted to cut taxes for state services -- including firefighting budgets.

I'm just sayin', is all.
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