"Environmentalists Destroyed California’s Forests"

Worth bearing in mind when you hear the claim that the fires are caused solely by global warming.

Related: ProPublica [!] article featuring a brief discussion with a Ph.D. in "environmental sociology" [!!]. Key sentences:

Academics believe that between 4.4 million and 11.8 million acres burned each year in prehistoric California. Between 1982 and 1998, California’s agency land managers burned, on average, about 30,000 acres a year. Between 1999 and 2017, that number dropped to an annual 13,000 acres. . . .

We dug ourselves into a deep, dangerous fuel imbalance due to one simple fact. We live in a Mediterranean climate that’s designed to burn, and we’ve prevented it from burning anywhere close to enough for well over a hundred years. 

See also "Stop politicizing a tragedy" and "I live here. Have a seat and learn something, sir."

And this: "Did you or Governor Newsom look at the North American fire map? James Woods did and asks why does "climate change" stop at the Canadian border?"

"Highlights of the News"

From last week: one helluva job by the California National Guard.

CalFire was alerted that 200 people were entirely encircled in fire. They formally declared them beyond the ability of CalFire to save, effectively telling them they were on their own (likely to die). CA National Guard spun up two helicopters and headed out to help. . . . 

More here: "Inside the daring helicopter flights that rescued 200 from a California fire".