Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Cal Fire

EDITOR:

I thought Cal Fire is paid to protect the state from wildfires in the state and maybe even for mutual aid.

If the money budgeted by the state of California to Cal Fire covers administration, equipment education and suppression, why are fires put out by Cal Fire in the State Responsibility Area charged to the owner? I can understand a fine for not following the regulations. I cannot understand the huge amount of salaries for men and equipment on standby to be prepared to go and fight a fire but not paid to put it out. I would think that since they are being paid to be ready, that the money would include the actual act of suppression.

Am I missing something in the article regarding Ray Nutting’s fire charges? The fire stayed on his property. A fine for breaking the rules would seem appropriate, but charging for putting out a fire on the owners land when Cal Fire is already paid for the job just brings up a big question of who makes the decision of when and who to charge and under what circumstances. How did the process get convoluted to include preparedness but not suppression? Mix this in with the SRA tax for prevention but not for protection and it really gets confusing trying to figure out.

I totally support the firefighters out on the line doing the hard work. I even put my time in doing that job. I just can’t help but question the decision process: 1) in establishing the State Responsibility Tax of $150 per dwelling unit in the State Responsibility Area for prevention and 2) in charging homeowners for suppression of fires on their own land.

LINDA COLOMBO
El Dorado

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  • robertdnollJune 11, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    fires that start on property that is not yours will still burn your house down

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  • 1036-FrankJune 11, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    Would someone who had just about an annual negligent illegal out of control fire be perhaps negligent in other areas of the law? Would someone who endangers an area with illegal fires do anything else illegal? Would these fires perhaps be a pattern of conduct? Should numerous illegal fires be excused on some basis? Shouldn't people look at the totality of circumstances and evidence in this matter as it relates to other conduct?

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  • TontoJune 16, 2013 - 6:53 am

    How in anyone's wildest dreams could one person have so many fires at the same location and claim that it's the fault of those who assisted in the fire suppression that he has to pay. That is simply twisted and then to suggest that he be allowed to use tax payer dollars for the very thing that caused the fires is stupid, which is not fixable. Ray's slant on things is that he "Did No Wrong" which is wanting us to believe; that taking from those who trusted you is OK and that violating that trust over and over is also OK. Well Ray; It's not OK and you will pay for all that you have done and the sooner the better, for you see Ray we don't care what you think and how you spin, so do us all a favor and crawl back under the rock from which you came.

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  • cookie65June 17, 2013 - 8:22 am

    The courts have ruled that a land owner can be held responsible for a fire on their private property even if it was caused by someone trespassing. http://inedc.com/1-2123

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  • Karl ElzeJune 17, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    That $150.00 Fee has absolutely Nothing to do with Fire Suppression. That fee is for Fire Prevention and other uses in CalFire.

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