Petition to U.S. Forest Service, Kate Brown
Allow the Global Supertanker to Fight Fires in Oregon
Wildfires in the state of Oregon are burning out of control. There are over 20 significant fires in the state that are affecting citizens both directly (loss of property/life) and indirectly (health issues due to smoke inhalation). The US Forest Service has access to what is possibly the most powerful wildfire fighting tool in existence; a 747 aircraft capable of dropping far more water/retardant than anything else available today. The US Forestry Service has refused to use this tool due to contract disputes, and their refusal is directly affecting residents in the state of Oregon. This petition is to demand the forest service re evaluate their position on the global supertanker, and utilize this powerful tool to help control the fire situation in the Western U.S., and encourage Governor Brown to work with the Forest Service to give our firefighters the tools they deserve when conditions allow! ***Global Super Tanker Info*** The 747 Super Tanker is capable of delivering 20,000 gallons of retardant anywhere in the United States within 2.5 hours of being called upon. Important dates: January 23, 2016: SuperTanker FAA Initial Flight Test Complete November 25, 2016: Supertanker Deployed to Isreal January 25, 2017: SuperTanker drops on first fire in Chile ***July 27, 2017: SuperTanker approved for flights by USFS*** ***August 27, 2017: SuperTanker activated to fight fire in California*** If you would like more info, please visit their website: http://globalsupertanker.com/b747-400-supertanker/
Petition to GoFundMe
Waive GoFundMe fees for Northern California fire survivors
Dear GoFundMe, Fire devastation is abundant for so many families in Northern California. People are beginning to launch gofundme campaigns to begin personal recovery. Please lift the 8% charge for the victims of the ongoing fires. Our communities truly and deeply appreciate your consideration. We hope your loved ones are safe and well. Humble & grateful, Northern California
Petition to Tennessee Public Utilities Commission, Chair David Jones, Vice Chair Robin Morrison, Commissioner Keith Jordan
Stop wildfire victims from being charged for utilities on their past homes!
Former customers of Utilities Inc. (TWS) who lost their homes in the November 2016 Gatlinburg wildfires may begin receiving water bills for their destroyed properties. TWS has petitioned the Tennessee Public Utilities Commission (TPUC) for permission to bill their former customers for "Interim Emergency Relief" to offset their capital and revenue losses. They have also asked to add surcharges to the bills of current customers. The public hearing (Case# 1700108), scheduled for October 23, 2017, is scheduled at the TPUC office in Nashville, a four-hour drive from the affected area. We, the undersigned, implore you to deny the above referenced petition of Tennessee Water Services (TWS). Specifically, we are asking for three outcomes: I. Deny TWS’ request to bill former customers for any reason whatsoever. They are former customers, not “inactive” customers. They may or may not ever resume services with TWS. II. Deny TWS’ request to add charges to the bills of current customers. TWS’ decision to be underinsured should not financially burden their customers. III. Hold any further hearings or proceedings on this issue in the locality of service (Sevier County, TN) so that the affected parties can be present. The hearing venue is a four-hour drive from Gatlinburg, making our attendance impractical on this impactful matter.
Petition to United States Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S National Park Services
PROTECT WILDLIFE AND HUMANS - HELP PREVENT WILDFIRES BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Wildfires are a leading cause in deforestation, the removal of trees and forests all over the world, and what makes it worse is that 90% of wildfires are caused by humans. It’s no secret that humans are a danger to the environment when it comes to our lifestyle, including pollution, deforestation, and the trash we leave behind. But, we leave behind matches, lit campfires, cigarettes, and other things that can cause wildfires that have the power to change things. This impacts the wildlife that lose their homes, food, and maybe their lives. This can be changed if we tighten regulations on letting in things that can cause fires that make incredible damage. Frantic evacuations of humans to get away from wildfires often leave the animals to fend for themselves. One major wildfire that has happened recently was the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River gorge in Washington and Oregon. It was reported September 2nd, 2017 at 4 PM in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area near the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon. It grew to 3,000 acres overnight. On the morning of September 5th, the fire grew to over 20,000 acres. At its biggest, it grew to 48,861 acres. This wildfire destroyed hundreds of houses, properties, and would force to evacuate hundreds of people. Tons of wildlife were found trapped between debris from trees and buildings. About 150 hikers were stranded when the fire broke out. They were found by the Gorge. One of the people who stepped up to rescue them was an Air Force Reserve medic. He described what happened and who the hikers were. “‘There was a lady who was pre-diabetic, one who had asthma, a few who weren’t really in very good shape. And some kids. That was my biggest concern, was the kids. One little 2-year-old said to her dad, ‘Daddy, I’m cold.’ And man, that just tears at your heart.’” The cause: a 15 year-old playing with fireworks in the middle of a fire ban. He was sentenced to 5 years of probation and 1,920 hours of community service. His mistake caused about $12 million in damage. Another major wildfire that has happened recently was the Black Forest Fire in Colorado. This started June 11, 2013 in Black Forest, Colorado in El Paso County near Colorado Springs. The blaze killed two people, a couple whose bodies were found by their car in the garage, belonging already packed. It burned 509 houses that were hidden in the forest, tucked away in the trees. It burned 14,280 acres of property and forest. This resulted in $420 million in damages and losses. The investigators have eliminated the possibility of natural causes, so that only leaves that it was human-caused. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released a police report that states: “The only clearly established fact was that no natural causes existed and thus the fire was human caused”. They further explain this saying: “A potential cause associated with the metal particles cannot be ruled out, or positively identified. A potential cause associated with an intentional ignition is not supported by the evidence or circumstances, but cannot be completely ruled out. The origin of the fire is in an area that is not readily accessible from a roadway, allowing an easy escape, as is typical in intentionally set Wildland fires. There was no evidence of an other miscellaneous cause such as blasting, fireworks, welding, target shooting, etc”. They have not concluded on a final answer about what started this catastrophic conflagration, but they have finalized that it was human-caused. Finally, another recent wildfire was the Rim Fire. It began to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest in California and the Yosemite National Park in the steep mountains. The fire started August 17, 2013 and burned 257,000 acres. This catastrophic fire burned for nine weeks before firefighters were able to get it under control. The man responsible was 32-year old Keith Matthew Emerald. He was on a hunting trip when he started an illegal hunting fire. Investigators searched his car and belonging, expecting to find evidence in his phone or computer. During which, they asked Emerald in multiple interviews about how he started it. All of his responses were different. He said it was started by illegal pot growers, inadvertently started a rock slide, in which they made sparks and lit into a fire, and starting a fire and threw trash in it as it grew into a blaze and became uncontrolled. The police and investigators have ruled out everything other than intentional fire-starting. The Rim Fire became the biggest fire to burn the Sierra Nevada. It burned 11 residencies, and caused 10 injuries. Sign this petition to show your support for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to tighten regulations to prevent human caused wildfires and save the wildlife that use the forests as their home. This can make an impact on how to prevent further problems with forests, and potentially save the planet. Sites: http://katu.com/news/local/air-force-reserve-medic-among-those-who-helped-150-hikers-trapped-by-eagle-creek-fire https://www.kgw.com/article/news/crime/teen-who-started-eagle-creek-fire-gets-probation-community-service/283-509497002 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/ http://gazette.com/article/1502578?forgotpassword=1 http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/black-forest-fire/ http://www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-region/rim-fire/the-rim-fire http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/rim-fire/
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, California State Senate, Edmund G. Brown Jr., California State House
Day One Containment.
The time has come to rethink our fire attack strategy in California. We need to build a fire fighting force that is capable of containing wild land fires in their infancy. The number of catastrophically destructive fires has increased dramatically over the last decade. The resources required to manage these fires grows exponentially in the initial hours after ignition. We are calling for a dramatic increase in our air attack capacity. More Very Large Air Tankers (VLATs) should be made available. At least 25 VLATs need to be on the ready across the western states at all times during the fire season. They should be augmented by an appropriate number of smaller air tankers, helicopters, and observation aircraft. These forces should be stationed in multiple locations allowing for aircraft to be on scene within 90 minutes. We need to empower our firefighting force to react aggressively with a minimum amount of bureaucracy to directly suppress all wild fires, containing them on the first day. Once containment has been established a more deliberative process can be used to determine the fate of the fire. https://www.facebook.com/Fire-Bombers-1182193961926542/
Petition to Mary Jane Burke, email@example.com , Lisa M. Santora, Dr. Willis, David Haglund, Stephanie Anello, Matthew Duffy, Sean McPhetridge, Dr. Kim Wallace, Jim Hogeboom, Polly Bove, Cheryl Jordan, Diann Kitamura
Keep Us Safe: Unhealthy Air Quality Should Cancel School For Bay Area This Week
UPDATE: Link to press release from Mary Jane Burke: https://drive.google.com/open?id=13YZ1PI9JSypkWyTU4GxQKrpNKm_0exsv Comment your school district, superintendent, their name and email if you want them added as a petition decision maker (they'd receive petition updates)! Please email and call your school superintendents, principals, and officials! Help keep us safe. Among multiple fires this year, the current wildfire has become a public health concern this week. People in the Bay Area have been affected by the smoke and ashes, wearing masks and staying indoors. Families have been brought together by the devastating fires in order to help family members evacuate and pack up homes and pets. Countless friends and families, throughout California have been personally affected by the fires, whether in health, loss of material possessions like homes and land, loss of pets, and even loss of life. In order to continue to strive to keep our children, our friends, and our family safe, this petition has been created to ask that schools in the Bay Area follow Sonoma County’s lead and close due to unhealthy air quality. This will allow families time to evacuate their belongings and family members and will help keep our students and children safe from the toxic and unsafe levels of smoke and ashes. Thank you on behalf of concerned parents, students, families, and community members.
Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr., Darrell Steinberg, California State Senate, California State House
WE NEED A DAY TO BREATHE: GIVE ALL NON ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES TIME TO RECOVER WITHOUT FEAR.
The air quality in Sacramento and the surrounding area has been rated unhealthy to hazardous and has actually been the "worst air quality in the world" according to USA Today. This hasn't been going on for a day or two, but approaching one week of toxic air. It isn't hard to see from the map that Northern CA is in trouble. Please send all non essential sacramento employees home and give them a chance to recover. Most offices are not up to date on their air filters and the city is running low. Masks can only do so much and cannot be worn for this long. Those supplies are also running low in this city. Construction workers and delivery persons are especially affected by this smoke and are too afraid to ask for relief. Please understand this is a special circumstance and people need the chance to breathe without punishment. Please consider that the air is hazardous and could cause lasting damage on the population. We need a day or two to breathe.
Petition to Diane Jacob, Bill Horn, Kristin Gaspar, Ron Roberts, Greg Cox, David Hall
Don't approve housing development that increases wildfire risk
California’s wildfires are only getting worse, yet San Diego County is considering approval of a housing development that fails to provide adequate roads for evacuation during a fire and doesn't meet the fire code, in one of the county’s riskiest wildfire-prone areas. Join me in telling the San Diego County Board of Supervisors that housing developments that unnecessarily risk the lives of residents and firefighters during wildfires should not be allowed in San Diego County. West of the city of Escondido and south of San Marcos is the small, rural community of Harmony Grove. My family lives there and 11 of our neighbors lost their homes there during the Cocos Fire. Bordered by the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and Del Dios Highlands Preserve, it is rated a very high fire hazard severity zone by CAL FIRE. Now a Colorado-based housing developer wants to build 453 homes in Harmony Grove, on a plot of land zoned for 25, with only one dead-end road to evacuate on during a fire. State and county fire code requires high-density housing on extended dead-end roads to provide secondary access. The proposed Harmony Grove Village South (HGVS) development has a dead-end road over 5x the maximum allowed length and no plans for a secondary exit. The developer has asked for an exception to the fire code claiming the area’s steep topography, wildland fuels, environmental issues, distance to connecting roads, and easement rights made a secondary road infeasible. The fire code isn’t something you throw out because logistical or financial constraints made it inconvenient to the developer. The developer wants the profit from forcing 453 homes into that space, without footing the bill for the corresponding additional infrastructure required to make the housing project safe. There are 60 existing homes that rely on the current road to evacuate. With the added 1,500 to 1,800 vehicles expected from the HGVS development and only one road, a best-case evacuation time would take at least 1.5 hours. Modeling predicts that wildfires in the area can spread at 17 mph, so the development and its evacuation route can become encircled by a wildfire in less than five minutes. On July 25, 2018, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will decide on whether to allow this development and its unprecedented exception to the fire code. Join me on this petition and tell the supervisors we do not need housing developments that endanger residents, firefighters, and emergency responders. For more information see: https://us11.campaign-archive.com/?u=32d12d9441be546f70eab9dc3&id=45a50add43 https://medium.com/@erindummer/how-san-diego-is-waiving-fire-code-in-one-of-the-countys-riskiest-wildfire-areas-for-an-upzoned-d93000c4d3e0