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Topic: Off Topic: The fire (29 lines)
1) From: Peter R. Barnes
I just want to make clear what my sister-in-law, who is a park ranger in 
Southern California told me - the main problems with the fires the past 
month were from two causes:  arson and beetles.  There was a massive 
beetle epidemic in the hillsides and desert around the edges of San 
Diego and LA over the summer, bad enough that my sister-in-law's 
grandparents (i'm not sure what that makes them to me - 
grandparents-in-law?) sold their house and moved closer to the coast in 
August because all the trees and bushes around them on the hills had 
been killed off by the beetles.  Then you add the arson, which 
apparently was to blame for many if not most of the fires, and you have 
massive and uncontrollable damage.
I don't discount the other issues that you guys are bringing up - they 
are indeed problems.  But the root causes for this fire were a bit less 
tidy.
cheers
peter
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