Fire Season: Weaponized Wildfires Drive the Climate Agenda, Generate Big Profits
nothing purifies like fire.
Sadly, I became an expert of sorts on wildfires after our ranch was burned to the ground in the Northern California Walbridge fire during August, 2020. “Wildfires” can be anything but wild. Massive and recurring wildfires power the “fire industry” and drive the news cycle; they are now being used in Canada and Europe. These operations always involve MONEY and that’s why if you want to get to the real reasons for things, you’ll “follow the money”. Cleaning up after a big fire disaster is a nasty job, it takes years to recover from something like this.
Why would anyone burn down the woods? This is unconventional warfare: wildfires kill a lot of trees and wildlife, and destroy property:
-Firebugs and pyromaniacs like to play with fire.
-Promote the climate hoax and carbon tax scheme. Trillions of dollars are at stake for this, as everything will get a global “carbon tax”. Everyone will be forced to pay. Without trees, the temperature is at least 5-10 degrees F hotter in the summer in areas after a wildfire. Trees naturally cool the forest, so burn up the trees, and it gets hotter. People believe what they are told and the narrative is simple; the weather will change once enough new taxes are collected and people stop using carbon. Don’t think and believe what they tell you on TV.
Notice the fear porn on this weather map. It’s not actually hotter, just a lot redder.
-Promote Agenda 2030 by forcing people off their land. If your house is burned down, where will you live? (problem) You can move into our smart 15 minute city! (solution).
-Make money from emergency relief operations. This is the PAYOLA part of the operation and it involves Federal $$. States can’t legally print money, but the Feds can, and FEMA money is the best way to do this. The woods seem to catch fire every time California needs money. The right people collect and even raw materials get sent to CCP/China. Billings are 3-10x what things should cost. Many logs go missing as there is no “inventory” of every tree in the forest. If you are in Europe or Canada, watch for this, it’s one of the tells of this kind of operation.
-Prevent rebuilding through regulations, permitting, fees and charges for hazardous waste cleanup. Insurance is very difficult to find for country properties with all the fires. Insurance funds are consumed in the “hazardous waste” clean up after a fire. A substantial amount of properties will never be able to rebuild.
Many large wildfires are the result of intentional neglect, arson and “not putting it out when you had the chance”. The best way to fight fires is when they are small; once a fire reaches a certain size, it can be near impossible to manage, all you can do is selectively protect property and get out of the way. I’m not saying CalFIRE is bad, there are many, many very good people at CalFIRE who literally risk their lives to protect property and the forest. Same with PGE, who worked around the clock to restore power in terrible conditions. Both PGE and CalFIRE worked hard and did a good job after the fire.
However, prevention should be the primary course of action. A delay of hours or a day can make a huge difference in the outcome of a fire.
The Causes of Wildfires
The formula is simple: Fuel + atmospheric conditions (hot/dry) + “spark” = FIRE.
Forests naturally age, building fuel as plants and trees grow and many of them will naturally catch fire — it’s part of the natural cleansing process and in nature, lightning provides the spark. If forests are not properly managed with controlled burns and brush management, it’s only a matter of time before they go up in smoke. Native Americans used to keep things clean when they intentionally set fires in the woods. Gov. Newsom rolled back a $0.5B per year program to manage forests. That didn’t help.
Here are a few news items from when people were caught lighting fires:
Two Healdsburg men were arrested this week in connection with a series of fires in and around the Healdsburg area, including fires ignited the night of Sept. 6, 2021, Cal Fire's Sonoma Lake Napa Unit announced Thursday.
Estevan Miranda-Silva, 23, and Gabriel Gonzalez Flores, 19, were arrested Tuesday by Cal Fire law enforcement officers upon completion of an extensive multi-year investigation, authorities said in a news release.
The response to all the fires Sept. 6, 2021 — Labor Day — included 80 fire crews, 20 fire engines, six water tenders and three bulldozers.
The New York Times reports:
In California, almost 95 percent of fires are started by people, and about 7 percent of those are caused by arson, according to Lynne Tolmachoff, the chief of public education at Cal Fire.
There are many, many more citations to be found online. When there is no lightning, if you see a lot of fires start at the same time, it should raise suspicions about arson.
The main causes are neglect, forestry mismanagement (a big contributor) and arson. Here’s another screen grab from Washington State’s fires:
What happens in a wild fire?
Fires are incredibly destructive. Nearly everything is consumed. This is what’s left of our quonset hut barn outside and inside. Even granite and marble countertops were turned to dust. A silver coin inside the barn melted (~1763F), but a small gold coin did not melt (~1948F). Literally everything not made of ceramic or steel were consumed.
Game of hoops, any one?
Here’s a map of some of the Northern California wildfires.
Taking things into perspective:
-California lost 1.7 million acres to wildfires up to Sept of 2020, which means-
-130 million tons of carbon dioxide were emitted in 8 months due to wildfires.
-California has about 15 million cars
-According to the EPA, an average gas fueled cars emits 4.6 tons of CO2 per year
-That means California cars emit 76 million tons of CO2 every year.
-Even so, these completely preventable California fires more than doubled the annual CO2 emissions of vehicles in 2020.
It’s not about the CO2, it’s about something else.
The Repair Process
Most everything above ground was either damaged or destroyed. There were some exceptions to the destruction:
-All solar panels were intact and fully operational. This was because of mowing and brush management near them.
-Nearly all underground utilities (PVC water pipes, buried electrical, etc) were intact. Communications (internet) wires were affected by heat and were all replaced because they are much more sensitive than power wires.
-Concrete tanks were completely intact, along with steel valves and pipes. All above ground PVC had to be replaced.
-Above ground power panels were destroyed.
-Shipping containers placed against embankments or with defensible space made it through unscathed. Several others with flamable materials inside, or that were next to fuel sources were destroyed. If fire could get inside or underneath a shipping container, it was destroyed.
-Garden beds were intact due to gravel around them. Some plants had to be replanted (strawberries), other bulb flowers survived. Roses nearly all survived. Those are tough plants.
-90% of the orchard survived, the trees were about ten years old (3-4 inch caliper trunks) and not a lot of fuel nearby. Olives did the best, nearly all survived. Cherries did the worst due to proximity to the heat, along with peaches and other stone fruit trees. Apples and pears all survived.
-Immediately after the fire, many of the fruit trees blossomed. Nearly all recovered after 2-3 years.
The focus after the fire was out was to save the orchard and water the trees - so the water system was our first priority. We still had some water in the fire tank and used that sparingly, the other tanks emptied when above ground hoses melted, draining the water. Next, we had to repair the well, the PVC was exposed and the pump collapsed into the well. Fortunately, our repair people were able to fish the old broken pump out of the well and put in a new one. The spring tank was poly and that literally burned to the ground and had to be replaced along with that pump..
Then, we needed to repair electrical. Most everything underground in PVC and Christy boxes was intact! This was actually quite amazing. Any panels or wires above ground were replaced.
Most wires underground survived intact.
These wires were in a spot the pipes got exposed and we had to replace the PVC conduit and replace wire that had the insulation burned off by butt splicing new. To be safe, things must be buried at least 6 inches underground, preferably 12-18 inches.
What do you do with 60 acres of burned up forest? Our first thought was to leave nature to take Her course. After meeting with a professional forester and a logger, we took a more practical approach.
-Our forest consisted of douglas fir, redwood, madrone, bay laurel and black and tan oak trees, with a few maples in the wet spots. The fir all died and it won’t be coming back. Madrone, bay and oak tress are all coming back, sprouting from the roots that survived. Redwoods mostly survived, but we decided to remove any trees that were damaged (i.e. they had lost their tops).
Pulling out a redwood log with the skidder.
-We did not want to look at dead trees for the next ten years. Standing dead wood is a big hazard and makes the areas within falling distance quite dangerous. Those trees can fall at any time, especially during wind or a storm. And they are not attractive to look at, so we cut them all down, pulled out the valuable timber and burned the rest to remove future fire fuel. My best advice is to get after as much as you can, as quickly as you can.
-One benefit of a fire is the permitting to log is much easier compared with normal logging, but you will need at least 30-40 acres of trees to work with to make it economic. We had about 50% redwoods and 50% doug fir of the marketable wood. Redwood is of course highly valued, we were able to get about $1200 per thousand board feet from a mill. The doug fir couldn’t be sold, it was too old for the mill so we will mill that ourselves or use it for firewood. We were able to recover enough funds from logging to pay for many repairs, to clean up the roads and remove dead trees.
-We now have a lifetime supply of firewood
This is about 50,000 board feet of douglas fir stacked in a “deck”, these logs could not be sold to the mills.
The Bill for the Fire
Hundreds of millions of $ were spent on our neighborhood by PGE, the state of California and Sonoma county. Much is funded by federal FEMA grants, which is the money power behind these operations. This is where the money trail goes, as states are not legally allowed to print money.
We didn’t carry fire insurance. Keep in mind, the old cabin was about to fall down, you could literally stab a screwdriver through the logs in spots, they were mostly rotted after 100 years, so my wife and I were happy it burned down. It would have required very expensive repairs or a tear down and rebuild and it was more of a liability. Our neighbors all liked the cabin and we didn’t want to be the people who “tore down Abe Lincoln’s cabin”.
The barn was a simple quonset hut with a few things installed inside. Value was minimal, so not worth the fire insurance, too.
Like everything else in society these days, poor people are given everything for free. We didn’t have any insurance, so the clean up of structures was done at no cost to us through the county. Repairs to water lines, electrical those things, we had to pay ourselves. The taxpayers picked up the rest of the overpriced tab (see invoice from County Administrator)
Part of the contract with the county allowed logging in certain areas and we lost about $30,000 worth of redwood, as the overpriced contractors hired by FEMA got a taste of logging money. These trees were cut short, to about 10-12 feet long (normal logging practice is 40+ foot long logs) and were shipped to China in shipping containers for milling there where they have no forests like we have. A contractor told me his father worked for BLM and it’s common knowledge the Chinese/CCP had a floating saw mill in international waters off California where they would bring logs from the fires by boat, mill then and ship the finished lumber back to the US. The waste was dumped in the ocean. It’s amazing how the CCP can make money from our fires!
Here’s the final bill we got for one of our parcels. Someone made a lot of money from this operation and our federal taxes and money printing paid for most of it. I showed this invoice to our logger, who told me he could have done the entire clean up for about 10% of this amount.
Someone is making a lot of money at taxpayer expense. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Note the hazard tree removal for $1.3m. That’s double the original cost of the entire property. Our logger told me he could have done that work for 10% of this cost.
Even when something seems bad, there might be good things that come from it. When you lose, you also gain somewhere. We lost a lot of trees, but we gained new vistas the trees had blocked. We gained in many ways, as the fire eliminated karma from the woods.
Fuji apples ripening on the tree, two years after the fire.
After the fire. There is regrowth, rebirth and hope. Good things can come from bad, it’s all a matter of your perspective. Stay positive and everything will work out for the best.
“On your journey, there will be another village and shady willow tree up ahead.”