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Chad Hanson to a white paging telephone please...

As of this September 19 writing, the lightning-caused fire - which started September 10, is still burning out of control. Containment is not expected until October 10, which seems like an eternity to me given its small size in relation to the 963,000-acre Dixie Fire or the 219,000-acre Caldor Fire.

Jim Petersen -
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Chad Hanson to a white paging telephone please...

Huzzahs to the public relations genius who figured out that the most visually memorable way to showcase the herculean efforts of California firefighters was to wrap the base of the General Sherman sequoia in aluminum foil to protect it from the fast approaching 25,142-acre KNP wildfire.

Photo ops like this don’t normally pass muster with the news media’s social mavens, but there it was plastered all over the Internet on Saturday morning, September 18: firefighters frantically wrapping the General in a flame-resistant blanket while others swept needles away from the 102-foot base of the 2,200 to 2,700-year-old monarch that dominates the Sequoia National Park.

The climatechange crowd is already in full throat so it’s worth noting that the General is possibly 700 years older than data sets assembled by the Tree Ring Research laboratory at the University of Arizona. Its models the climate in reverse for 2,000 years tracing warming and cooling trends that resemble undulating sine waves with ups and downs every 175 to 350 years.

Clearly, this climate change business has been with us for eons – long before fossil fuels, global cooling and global warming were invented. Many scientists…


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