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Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by DaleGribble
I am not a truck driver. That is my job, yes, that is what I do every day to make my living. But I am more. I can control fires, as long as they're small; yet I am not a firefighter. I can grow my own food; I am not a farmer. I can handle a gun; I am not a policeman or soldier. I can build a house or shop; I am not a contractor. I can fence a pasture; I am not a rancher. I can teach my children; I am not a teacher. I can install new lighting; I am not an electrician. I can fix a water line; I am not a plumber.
Perhaps you are only what you do; I am more, and so should every person be more than what it says on a paycheck. Should a fire come my way, I will call for help, but until that help arrives, I will fight it myself. Should I be threatened, yes, I will call 911 if possible, but I will also not stand around and hope someone shows up before I get a rash of bullet holes. I will fight back myself. Should I need a new room on my house, I may call a contractor for a price, but I may also simply build one.
A man is more than a label.
According to the most recent prescribed burn technical guide, a prescribed burn is defined as “fire applied in a knowledgeable manner to forest fuels on a specific land area under selected weather conditions to accomplish predetermined, well-defined management objectives” (Wade and Lunsford, 1989)
Under the provisions of Section 590.125(2), any person may legally conduct a prescribed burn provided that he owns or controls the land he plans to burn, has obtained prior authorization from DOF, has provided adequate fire lines, manpower and firefighting equipment to control the fire, monitors the fire until it is extinguished, and confines the fire within the authorized area. Violation of any of these provisions constitutes a second degree misdemeanor. In addition, the violator may be held liable for any damage or injury caused by fire or resulting smoke damage, regardless of whether or not there is criminal prosecution and conviction.
Whether certified or not, no individual is allowed to prescribed burn during a declared emergency drought unless a written permit is obtained from DOF (Section 590.081). In any event, DOF generally will not authorize a prescribed burn (verbally or in writing) during periods of extreme drought conditions.
Originally posted by DocMoreau
I agree that the man in California did what he thought he had to to save his property, but if indeed he was a veteran firefighter, he should know the consequences of his actions during an fire emergency. Just because his actions were a success doesn't deny the fact that he broke the law. Sorry.
Originally posted by Trance Optic
as a home owner in cali, it should be required to learn backburning an such, just so if this happens everyone is that much the wiser.... an no one goes to jail or gets fines for saving their home....