What reading material is on your bedside table this December week? I’d like to be able to recommend a recent release that came into my hands the other day, but it’s a real snooze.
The 80-page report issued by the United States Government Accountability Office: “Station Fire — Forest Service’s Response Offers Potential Lessons for Future Wildland Fire Management” heaps bureaucracy on top of bureaucracy. Do not bother cracking it open unless you’re in the mood to be discouraged. Those of you intrepid enough to take it on can find it online at www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-155. Go there to find the highlights page, and, to the right of the highlights, a link labeled “accessible text” that will give you the whole schmear. Or email me and I’ll send you the link.
You remember the Station fire, right? We are all still living with its lingering effects, most particularly the threat of debris flows. If you were not living here at the time, a brief recap: It started on the afternoon of Aug. 26, 2009 and ended in October after consuming more than 160,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest, destroying dozens of homes and killing two. The Forest Service determined that the fire was the result of arson. The arsonist has not been caught.