Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Angeles National Forest Wildfire - Center Mitigation Program

Center President was scoping Angeles National Forest on Thursday, May 30, 2012 and encountered the wildfire captured in the above video.  The Center is developing a program called "Cities To Wilderness," that seeks to increase participation of inner city folk with wilderness activities.

We are also proposing a wildfire mitigation program that involves the construction of several 10-megawatt woodchip-to-electricity plants located near wildfire areas.  The program involves precutting trees and brush in wildfire areas to create buffer zones that would limit the uncontrolled spread of wildfires.  The wood would be used as as fuel for the woodchip-to-electricity plants.

Some 2,000 homes were evacuated in Southern California as firefighters struggled to contain tens of thousands of acres of wildfire in Angeles National Forest.  The wildfire, which broke out near a Santa Clarita hydroelectric plant in the Los Angeles County on Thursday. A total of 2,100 personnel are now fighting the fire, with air tankers and helicopters deployed to the scene.  At least 19,500 acres burned in Angeles National Forest.

The fire destroyed six homes and damaged nine other buildings. At least three firefighters have reportedly been injured while trying to extinguish the powerful blaze. (RR, 6/2/2013)

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