Red states are failing their residents: Republicans are spewing propaganda in DC and in South Dakota..
While extreme fire weather persists, the Souris River in North Dakota is flooding. Why doesn't Canada capture that water to refine its tarsands bitumen?
Recall that under threat of arrest then-Governor Bill Janklow was virtually thrown off the Jasper Fire, a federal incident. The Argus Leader's Jonathan Ellis tells readers that during the 2004 election:
There were some unpleasant conversations between the bellicose Janklow and members of the NRSC at the start of the cycle. Janklow asserted that the NRSC didn’t know South Dakota, and he told the committee to stay out of the state.Wildfire is rarely safe or legal.
Having professional fire managers close at hand if prescribed burns escape planned boundaries beats the hell out of fighting wildfires.
Opportunities to proactively manage grassland and range fuels in the proposed Greater Missouri Basin National Wildlife Refuge are being ignored again. From The People's Weather Service:
THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER INDEX WILL REACH THE EXTREME CATEGORY
THIS AFTERNOON. EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS OR A VERY LOW
MOISTURE CONTENT OF GRASSES...AND OTHER DRY ORGANIC MATERIAL
ON THE GROUND...INDICATE THAT CRITICAL BURNING CONDITIONS EXIST.
A FIRE WILL START EASILY AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME LARGE
AND SPREAD QUICKLY BECOMING ERRATIC WITH EXTREME BEHAVIORAL
CHARACTERISTICS. NO OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD TAKE PLACE.
THE OUTLOOK FOR TUESDAY AFTERNOON...THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER
INDEX WILL REACH THE HIGH CATEGORY TO VERY HIGH CATEGORY.
Red flag warnings have been issued for southern portions of the proposed refuge, too. Isolated thunderstorms are forecast over the region in the next 48 hours.
Rewild the West.