Winds Challenge Crews Battling U.S. Wildfires

Monday, June 20, 2011

An evacuation asks residents to leave June 9, 2011 in Eagar, Arizona. Hundreds of thousands of acres continue to burn in eastern Arizona prompting evacuations by residents of Springerville and Eagar. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images/Getty)

Firefighters across the southwestern United States are facing some of the season's worst weather, as crews battle record blazes. The National Weather Service is warning that the hot temperatures, humidity and wind gusts as high as 60 mph pose an extreme fire risk. The largest fire began more than three weeks ago in Arizona and has burned into western New Mexico, destroying more than thirty homes and half a million acres. Michel Marizco,a reporter with our partner station in Arizona, KJZZ, speaks with us.

Guests:

Michel Marizco

Produced by:

Duncan Wilson

Comments [2]

Brian Nafarrete from Augusta, Georgia

I was listening to NPR this morning (Monday, June 20) on the way to work, and the hosts turned to the topic of the Arizona wildfires. At the 9:30 am fadeaway (to commercial), the male host mentioned "unforestry" as a possible reason for the fires. He then added another reason:

"I believe it's the planet trying to purge itself of human invaders."

Wow. Really? I always heard about NPR's liberal bias, but never heard it for myself...until now.

I listened to the story again to re-hear your comments, but it looks like you all edited them out. In any case, when I first heard your statement, it sounded like you were saying two contradictory things. One, that unforestry was the cause of the fire, and two, that the planet was ridding itself of human invaders. If unforestry was the cause of the fire, then forestry (clearing) would have prevented the fire...but forestry is a human activity. Wouldn't the planet be grateful to its invaders for clearing fire fuel?

Yet perhaps I misheard your "unforestry" statement. In any case, your statement about "human invaders" is another reason against funding public radio with my tax dollars. You're free to get funding from liberal groups if you want, just don't take money from people who disagree with you - or think what you're saying is nonsense.

Jun. 20 2011 07:11 PM

I wanted to listen to this story again, mostly because of John Hokenberry's end-of-story transitional comment that I heard on WGBH radio this morning. I thought it was spot on for us earthlings. Something about "human invadors" starting these fires. I like this so much for its politically poetic and transcendant Truth. Especially after hearing John McCain's -em- "comments." Thank-you, JH. I believe, some vip once said something like, "Before you point at the spark in someone else's eye, take the consuming fiery hot blazes out of your own."

Jun. 20 2011 10:48 AM

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