Monday, August 07, 2006

Questions Concerning the Cavity Lake Fire

County Commissioner Jim Johnson, in today "commissioners Newsletter" raised several important questions that need to be addressed concerning the Cavity Lake Fire. According to Johnson's Newsletter;

"Now that the fire is contained, we need to think about the aftermath. Business will be affected, and marketing strategies will need to change. More than 100 campsites need to be evaluated, and some may be closed for a long time. An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure; but what form of prevention should we use in the future? Prescribed burns worked well to save property
along the Gunflint Corridor. Could logging have been used more effectively? Would it be a good idea to station a helicopter or CL215 at the Devil's Track airport for a quicker response? Should we replant and aerial seed burned areas with native vegetation, or should we let nature take its course? Will non-native exotic plants use this as an opportunity to establish themselves in the burned over areas? Should there be a change in policy toward fire in the wilderness? If you have ideas let me know or bring them to the USFS."

Then of course there was the question concerning the way the fire was treated the first few days. Was there a deliberate decision on day three of the fire to just let it burn? Or was there a reason the Forest Service let it burn that day? See previous post- "Fire Expand While Forest Officials Entertain the Governor"

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