The following response to Jerry Bloom's comments re. the American Fire comes
from John Battles, SNAMP PI:
"As for the concern regarding the lack of monitoring of the fire-fighting
efforts, it seems to me to be a challenging proposition to do the kind of
"simple" monitoring Mr Bloom is talking about. Safety concerns and command needs
limit access of researchers. And back-fires are often adjusted on the fly from
the front lines. So knowing what is what when the emphasis is on containing the
fire is anything but a simple matter.
Determining what tree will or will not die is a controversial question. From a
scientific perspective, my sense is that most, but not all of those badly burned
green trees will die in the next five years. During our re-measure, we will note
any hazard trees in our plots that were cut but we cannot assess char and scorch
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