COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE HOLY FIRE AND OTHER HISTORICAL AREA FIRES HAVE SEEN THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FIREFIGHTING AIRCRAFT WITH OUR OWN EYES - IMAGINE IF CALFIRE AIRCRAFT WERE UNABLE TO HELP SAVE OUR HOMES OR OUR FOREST IF LEAPS POWER LINES ARE IN THE WAY...
Direct Quote from LEAPS Fire Study:
"...Aircraft used in fire suppression efforts must often utilize a low flight path to either refill with water or discharge water/fire retardant.
It is impossible to predict where exactly a fire will be burning at the time an aircraft is needed for suppression efforts, but there is a possibility that low flight paths may not be possible (or may be limited) due to the height of the proposed transmission line.
A delay in applying water or retardant via aircraft could result in the fire growing larger and needing more resources.
In addition, fire retardant cannot be applied in a manner in which it will contact powerlines for safety concerns, which could limit the effectiveness of the application..."
In addition to the power lines and towers interfering with firefighting operations in Communities within and around the Cleveland National Forest, the company aims to build over 5 miles of new access roads for tower maintenance. Perversely, the study claims this as a plus for firefighting efforts, demonstrating a complete lack of understanding at minimum, and a callous disregard for area and forest residents' safety and property at worst. If our National Forest is not protected from pillaging by a private company, what is the point of designating any natural resource as protected?
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