U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service is naming Arnold Schwarzenegger an honorary forest ranger.
Federal forest ecologists say that historic policies of fire suppression to protect Sierra timber interests left a century’s worth of fuel in the fire’s path. Two years of drought and a constant slow warming across the Sierra Nevada also worked to turn the Rim Fire into an inferno.
“We’re very concerned about that, and I’m going to have my director of law enforcement sit down with our folks and see how they can address the concerns the sheriff has,”
Sheriff John D’Agostini is taking the unusual step of pulling the police powers from the federal agency because he says he has received “numerous, numerous complaints.”
Firefighters mopping up at the Chips Fire discovered a baby bobcat in need of help, and now the kit is being nursed back to health by an animal rescue organization.
The main highway into Yosemite National Park remains closed as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire outside of the park.
Responding for the first time to a lawsuit by conservationists, the U.S. Forest Service says the threat of another major wildfire like the one that destroyed 250 homes at Lake Tahoe four years ago outweighs any concerns that its plans to log much of what’s left of the burned forest would harm a rare woodpecker or other wildlife.
Fire officials in California say a wildfire is threatening homes in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County and high winds are pushing it through the brushy high desert area.