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September 4, 2009

Arson and Homicide: LA Fires

Filed under: Investigation & Enforcement,Preparedness and Response — by Philip J. Palin on September 4, 2009

This morning Ari B. Bloomekatz, Andrew Blankstein and Cara Mia DiMassa report in the Los Angeles Times, “A mammoth forest fire that killed two firefighters and has burned more than 147,000 acres was an act of arson, authorities said Thursday as they launched a homicide investigation into the deaths. Officials said they determined that the largest brush fire in the history of Los Angeles County was the result of arson after investigators examined forensic evidence from scorched landscape off Angeles Crest Highway, north of La Cañada Flintridge. The spot is believed to be the source of origin of the Station fire.”  (Please read the entire report.)

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Comment by William R. Cumming

September 5, 2009 @ 10:24 am

Hoping not the case but who knows! Clearly CA needs to figure out how to prevent, mitigate,respond to and recovery from fire hazards. S.CA. is certainly just a desert and time to make some fundamental adjustments as N.CA. water sources are used else where.
When in FEMA because of lifeline studies for the “Big One” we know that power, water, and transportation resources into LA area are severely constrained. See studies of lifelines in the CAJON PASS area published on various sites. I do worry about giving drinking water to 10M people in a big hurry. The designation of provision of public drinking water between EPA and USACOE is a blur and it would interesting to see a history and analysis of current policy in that arena. Fortunately, if still in operation after a disaster large Brewries (Hey is this CI?) have converted to production of water in beer cans for emergency supply. Thanks to America’s Brewries. And I like their beer also. Also assignments to the departments in Executive Order 12656 [published originally November 1988] should be reviewed and updated closely as some of HUD’s assignments have never been funded or accomplished.

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