Thursday, December 19, 2013

Yosemite Fire

The Yosemite National Park is a must go place when you're visiting California. It has beautiful scenery and amazing tours but this year there was a record breaking fire that burnt 400 square miles, with a solid 60 square miles burnt so intensely that it is a moon-like landscape. Weather shows you pictures and facts about this horrible fire. Being one of the top three California fires ever recorded, this is a very serious issue for the environment and people living close by. Experts are saying it was started from a hunter's illegal fire that got out of control. A senior fire ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, said "In other words, it's nuked" which will take years and years to heal and be back to the beautiful forest that it once was. Scientists are saying there has been a fire to cause such a charred and barren landscape since the Little Ice Age which began in 1350. T.M & I.S.

I believe that they could have prevented the fire from spreading so much and doing so much damage. Also I think that they should have had a lot more personal there than they did so that the fire wouldn't have been almost record breaking for doing the most damage. I feel that the person, who caused the fire, should have very excessive charges and should be considered to some type of community service or jail time due to the acres burned and people will not be able to look at for a while till it grows. Furthermore, I think that the Yosemite Park itself will lose a lot money because people don't want to look at burnt forest and it shouldn't be the parks fault, it should be the hunter's fault. Another issue is that there are numerous people without their homes because they got burnt down because of the fire, without food, clothes, and water.  T.M.

I also believe that there shouldn't be any hunters in a national park that could be any danger to the parks wildlife or tourists visiting. It's a national park, it’s meant to preserve wildlife and save it for future generations, why did they allow a hunter to be there with the ability to start a fire. Although there camping grounds in the park, you shouldn't allow people with the intent to go out and camp without anyone knowing and letting a fire get that out of hand. The fire as of writing this now gone but the after affects are still present by scaring the land and leaving trees charred. Where the fire was more intense, all vegetation is gone and animals have ran away to avoid smoke and flames. There is hope though, after four weeks from the fire, life is returning to the park, with hundreds of ferns sprouting up to show rebirth of the forests. I hope that Yosemite can one day stop fires there completely, along with the other national parks around the world. These places are beautiful and getting smaller and smaller as time goes by, they're getting less and less funds from the government. Just recently when the government shut down, every park got closed, which affected jobs and money flow from tourists and gas prices going up. The reason why it's burned so intense was from fire prevention itself. Not allowing fires to burn like they would on their own made vast quantities of fuel for it when it got out of hand for the hunter. The Yosemite fire was very destructive but with this fire burning years of dry brush and under foliage, it is unlikely we will see a fire this bad for years to come. I.S.

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