Patterson speaks: ‘I’m here for Three Rivers’

 

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In this second part of an interview with Assemblyperson Jim Patterson (AD23), at the SQF Fire Incident Command (September 18), Patterson makes it clear he was there for the community of Three Rivers. After being briefed by the incident command team, Patterson explains some key areas on the South Fork side of the fire, where plans were in the works to “catch the fire in a big catcher’s mitt.” Patterson speaks

Patterson believed, and rightly so, that instead of the fire burning down the South Fork into Three Rivers, it would take a turn northward and burn into the south portion of Sequoia National Park. He describes the Grouse Valley control burn (September 18-19) as the “catcher’s mitt” as a place if the fire comes will only encounter black dirt and no fuel.

Patterson comes away impressed with the remarkable job the firefighters are doing in the midst of resource problems.  On any fire, it’s saving lives first and structures second. Patterson speaks

“…They are really strategically making a plan that I think at the end of all this we’re going to be able to say Three Rivers was okay,” Patterson said. “The landscape can come back… and the beauty of the Park will be impacted.  At the end of all this, I think we will see just what a remarkable job these folks do.” 

The big lesson in all this, according to Patterson, is about out of control fuel on the ground and better forest management. And secondly, CALFIRE needs more people, more boots on the ground, more equipment and more technology… and the opportunity to have the adequate resources they need.   

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