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Arson Sparked L.A. Inferno

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Posted on Sep 3, 2009
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It’s been over a week since the latest and biggest fire to scorch large parts of the Greater Los Angeles region began, and according to U.S. Forest Service officials it’s now known that the blaze was caused by deliberate human intervention—otherwise known as arson.  —KA

CNN:

A massive fire that has charred nearly 145,000 acres in Southern California and destroyed dozens of homes north of Los Angeles was caused by arson, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said Thursday.

A homicide investigation has been initiated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department into the deaths of two firefighters as a result of the Station fire, said spokeswoman Rita Wears. The firefighters died Sunday in a vehicle crash while trying to escape fast-moving flames.

The fire was at 38 percent containment Thursday. It has been burning for more than a week. Fire officials said progress has been made, particularly on the west side of the fire, but the blaze was still producing hot spots, including one that forced the evacuation of 25 residents early Thursday.

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By coloradokarl, September 5, 2009 at 6:15 am Link to this comment

A $500 Million Boost plus Insurance claims…....

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By coloradokarl, September 5, 2009 at 6:11 am Link to this comment

So Arnold is broke, Oh what to do? Hey wait! We got $160 million in reserve for forest fires. And here is the best part, Once the fire is declared a disaster, FEMA kicks in with a a grant that covers 75% in effect giving the California economy a P0 million dollar boost. Conspiracy theory?? you Betcha but what would YOU do???? Drill baby Drill or Burn Baby Burn !!!  NEOCONS RULE

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By RAE, September 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

It’s nice that you take the time to lead us on a trip down memory lane, “The Old Hooligan,” but I beg to differ with your conclusion that “California’s people are the best.”

EVERY PLACE ON THE PLANET has people that run the gamut from criminally insane to “the best” whatever that might mean to you. Your conclusion is just jingoism at its most mindless. Americans have become experts in displaying that particular attitude.

I suggest that California is overloaded with people who are too soft and lazy to swing a snow shovel for a few months of the year. These folk would rather endure smog and smoke and fires and slides and riots and perennial political and financial disasters than to move to someplace with clean air and water and a healthful, grounded, diversity-rich, inclusive community in which to thrive.

Nope, Californians - at least the urban ones, would much rather just sit there and bitch. Oh ya… they’re “the best” alright!

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By Galia, September 4, 2009 at 10:12 am Link to this comment
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For decades people in California blithely build houses in fire areas and then expect the state to spend millions to bail them out. Even before the Spaniards came there were regular fires in the hills and canyons. There will always be fires in the hillsides and mountains. The state shouldn’t bail people out. If they want to pay for their own fire departments and high insurance premiums, then do so. Now we have global warming and heat waves that exacerbates the problem. The “arsonist” is all those people driving their cars every day and all the coal plants using coal to make electricity. It’s time to not drive cars and not use coal to make electricity. It’s time this country gets serious about making changes regarding global warming.

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By Blackspeare, September 4, 2009 at 9:37 am Link to this comment

Umm—-large scale forest fires——sounds like a yet undeveloped area for would be terrorists——or is it??!!

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By SuGee, September 4, 2009 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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When the news of the fire in foothills outside of L.A. was on the Sunday news, both my husband and I said,“It was set.”  we’ve lived in California for our entire lives and about this time EVERY YEAR a fire is set.  Sometimes, it’s a firefighter who wants to perform their job closer to home and sometimes it’s just a lunatic that’s excited by fire.
Go figure?

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By The Old Hooligan, September 4, 2009 at 8:21 am Link to this comment

We lived in Oakland back in the early 50s. Dad used to call California “God’s Country” because he loved that state so much. We were forced to make a move in 1955, and my father always regretted having to do it.

My dad’s been gone 32 years this November, and I sometimes wonder if he would still want to live out there today the way things are.

California’s people are the best, I hope the state government can turn things around for them before time runs out.

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By Carl Herman (LA County Nonpartisan Examiner), September 4, 2009 at 7:24 am Link to this comment
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Federal funding to clear thousands of explosive brush ran dry, making this a disaster waiting to happen. A solution to put unemployed workers onto cost-positive projects like this is under what is generally called “monetary reform.” I explain here:
http://www.examiner.com/x-18425-LA-County-Nonpartisan-Examiner

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By Commune115, September 4, 2009 at 1:46 am Link to this comment

As a Californian I can sadly acknowledge that this is a failed state in the literal sense. In The Valley there are areas where people can’t even get clean water, you turn on the faucet and brown liquid with a foul smell comes out. The government’s response? Posting flyers around town assuring everyone the water is “safe to drink.” Wouldn’t surprise me if the fire was sparked by a disgruntled, laid off worker, California is full of those.

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