From 2008 to 2018, forest fires started on federal and state forests destroyed 62,671,170 acres in 586,860 fires. This 62 million acres is a land area of 352,525 square miles. The land area of Texas is 261,914 square miles.
Privately owned tree farms don’t have this problem, because they live on and maintain their property. They keep underbrush clear. If a fire breaks out from a lightening strike, they put out the fire quickly. These tree farms are in the 100 acre range. Private owners take care of their property. Government owned land is not maintained to prevent large forest fires. The 9 million acres burning on the West coast is due to lightening, power lines, high winds, dry underbrush lack of oversight and inability to quickly respond and contain.
These forests need to be privatized and sold to tree farmers. There is no need to have government own 30% of the US land mass.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader