It's really a shame that insufficient resources were allocated to stopping this fire the first few days (yes, there were other fires) when it was only a few hundred acres. But I understand the feds have all but used up their fire fighting budget (because of sequestration) and the state fire budget is also drained. A local volunteer firefighter has told me that for two days requests for "borate bombing" (actually Phos-chek or Fire-Trol) were denied and, obviously, the water drops by helicopters did not do the trick. This catastrophic fire, now costing millions of dollars to fight, is the result.
If in fact the initial response was decided by the US forest service, sequestration is a very poor excuse. Remember the sequestration is simply a decrease in the increase of their budget. Instead of a 5% increase over last year they get a 2% increase. They,the USFS had at least as much budget as last year to fight fires. They, the USFS could certainly have cut some frivolous expenses and had that availble for firefighting. Sequestration is being used by entrenched bureaucrats as a way to hurt taxpayers and not themselves, by true cuts in wasteful budgets.
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