Sep 30, 2012 - Steven D. Willie, Wind River Indian ReservationEditor:
In regards to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) / Wind River Agency's great plan to fight the Alpine Lake Fire.
The great plan was to draw a circle on a map and simply allow the fire to just burn. One of the reasons being the rugged terrain of that area. I guess they failed to inform the fire of this plan because it has gone far beyond the "planned" area. To allow 46,000 acres (as of Sept. 26) to burn, this plan is a joke. The BIA should have had fire crews in place when the fire was much smaller (for example, 4,365 acres on Aug. 25) they should know that all forest fires are in rugged terrain.
The Shoshone and Arapahoe tribes should bring in fire crews with support personnel who actually know what they are doing.
The BIA always refers to their trust responsibility, so what is their great plan for all the displaced animals, the value of all the burned timber owed to the Shoshone and Arapahoe tribes (not all was beetle kill or dead fall). What about the ash and debris that has fallen into the mountain lakes and streams, which is our source of drinking water?
The dense smoke has affected all residents. With all the vegetation having burned, there is nothing to hold the soil, so what is the great plan for all the mud slides which will further pollute the lakes and streams?
This is another fine example of the BIA's inadequacy to the Shoshone and Arapahoe Tribes.
Hats off to the BIA/Wind River Agency for a great fire plan.
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