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Warning prescribed burns are deadly.

The smoke could be killing you, your children, and your grandparents!

During the 1950's and 1960.s everyone thought that the nuclear bomb tests in Nevada were a good idea until people begin dying from radiation poisoning. Today, we face a similar crisis. The U.S. Forest Service has convinced some people that prescribed burns and managed wildfires are safe methods of maintaining forest health when they are actually two of the deadliest acts known to mankind.  The burns produce thousands of toxic air pollutants reigniting the past bomb test radiation into our environment.

 

Health Risks of Prescribed Burns

The smoke emitted from prescribed burns and managed wildfires is a very toxic air pollutant that is extremely dangerous to unborn fetuses, infant children and elderly people. It even affects normal healthy people without warning. Wood smoke pollution is 12 times more carcinogenic than cigarette smoke, attacks the body cells up to 40 times longer, and kills at least 40,000 adults and children every year. It contains a toxic soup of more than 4,000 chemical compounds of harmful gases and particle matter that go deep in the lungs and kill people, 69 of which are known human carcinogens, including arsenic, particulate matter, ozone, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, dioxin, nitrogen oxides, and radioactive material. The tiny particles and gases seep inside of homes reaching up to 70 percent of the outside pollution level. Warnings to stay inside on high pollution days are misleading and false. No one can escape the deadly effects of prescribed burns.

 

For the vulnerable populations, such as elderly people, people with asthma, chronic respiratory disease, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease, prescribed burn smoke exposure is particularly harmful, even short exposures can prove fatal. The American Lung Association recently published an annotated bibliography of recent studies of the health effects of air pollution linking wood smoke and air pollution with lung cancer, breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, congenital heart defects, asthma, and brain damage. They identify the elderly and infirm at high risk to any level of particulate matter.

 

Exposure to prescribed burn smoke increases children’s risk of lower respiratory infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and has been linked to psychological disorders and toxic damage to the nervous system and the brain in developing fetuses and young children. Unborn fetuses and infant children are 10 times more vulnerable to PAH damage than adults. The tiny dagger shaped smoke particles go deep into the child's lungs causing structural damage and chemical changes to the lung tissue. While some of the particles lodge in the child's lungs causing bronchitis, asthma, and pneumonia, others pass through the lungs into the blood stream entering the child's systemic circulation causing organ failure and premature death. Studies show that prescribed burn smoke exposure prevents the proper development of an unborn fetus, prevents the proper development of internal organs in infant children, depresses the immune system, damages the nervous system, brain, and the layer of cells in the child's lungs that protect and cleanse the airways causing unexpected infant mortality.  Parents click here and read this article. It could save your child's life.

 

Even normal healthy people are at risk without knowing it. EPA studies show that exposure to prescribed burn smoke can cause cancer, strokes, and a variety of serious illnesses in normal healthy people without warning. The smoke contains cancer-causing compounds that are twelve times more powerful than cigarette smoke. The carcinogenic compounds attach to tiny smoke particles and ride them into the lungs and blood stream where they penetrate immune defenses and attack internal organs causing, strokes, heart failure, kidney failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and breast cancer in healthy people without warning. Symptoms may not appear for months or even years giving little or no warning until it is too late.

 

Nuclear Bomb Radiation & Prescribed Burn Smoke

During the 1950's and 1960's, Arizona was the tragic recipient of massive amounts of radioactive waste from atomic bomb testing in Nevada. As a result, the long lived radioactive particles settled into the soils and vegetation of our forests. The undisturbed, unburned ponderosa pine sites provide a relatively stable reservoir of fallout radio nuclides that when burned becomes the primary contributor to the elevated concentrations in residual ash. In short, the atomic bomb fallout from the past nuclear testing in Nevada settled into the forests in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and many other states where it lay dormant for years until disturbed by prescribed burning. Once burned, the forest becomes a second nuclear reaction by releasing those long lived radioactive particles into the air and water through the fire's gasses and particulate matter. Since radioactive fallout lives for hundreds of years before becoming safe to ingest, it is as serious of a threat as it was fifty years ago. Consequently, our forest supervisors continue burning without any proper testing to evaluate the content of radioactive particulate matter in prescribed burn smoke and its effects on public health.

 

Congressional & Media Cowards  

The EPA studies clearly show that prescribed burns are serious health hazards to public health and safety, but the news media, environmental organizations, congressmen, senators and state agencies operating under the color of law to protect citizens from such hazards do nothing to protect citizens from prescribed burn smoke. When notified of any specific burns causing hospitalization and/or death, they run and hide ignoring the citizens' pleas for help, but freely give their support to the U.S. Forest Service campaign of death against our children. We have received numerous testimonials from injured citizens who have contacted the above agencies just to be ignored, avoided, discouraged, and discarded. But that's not all, those same agencies and organizations continuously ignore citizen reports of corruption at the ADEQ that allows the U.S. Forest Service and BIA to use our state resources at ADEQ to control Arizona air quality for the benefit of their burning agenda, not the health of Arizona citizens.

 

ADEQ Receiving Federal Monies to Regulate Federal Burn Permits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delegated air pollution enforcement and authority to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) leaving the ADEQ responsible for controlling air quality in Arizona to protect public health, but the ADEQ is lacking in its duty to do so. The Governor of Arizona and the Director of ADEQ has sold the ADEQ Smoke Management/Fire Dispatch office to the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies to do as they wish. As a result, the U.S. Forest Service is using the ADEQ Smoke Management Office to "self-regulate emissions production from prescribed burns." In short, the U.S. Forest Service pays ADEQ federal monies to use the Arizona State Office to house their federal employees with the authority to issue their own burn permits without restriction, to avoid any air pollution law or regulation that would otherwise limit their burns, and quash any valid citizen health complaints that would ordinarily limit their burns and protect public health. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is obviously using federal monies to illegally regulate federal burn permits, and they have sold our air quality to the highest bidder.

 

They are authorizing and using federal funding to give federal smoke management personnel the authority to regulate federal burn permits, and that is an obvious illegal conflict of interest causing illness and death to many Arizona citizens, including infants and children. Many parents have reported contacting the Governor of Arizona, the Director of ADEQ, the news media, environmental organizations, enforcement agencies, and all the other alleged heros' organizations in Arizona claiming to protect public health and safety, with valid proof of injury and/or death to family members caused by prescribed burn smoke just to be ignored and avoided. Arizona citizens are forced to breathe toxic radioactive prescribed burn smoke with no hope of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness as is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The state protection agencies and the so-called heroes of the press are nothing more than congressional-media cowards who ignore the real pollution issues and lie to the public about the real issues endangering public safety.

 

Wake up Phoenix & Tucson

ADEQ Blames Phoenix Citizens for U.S. Forest Service Prescribed Burn Smoke

During the 2015 Christmas holiday season, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the local news media issued several "no burn day" warnings to the public threatening citizens with heavy fines if caught using fireplaces or wood stoves. They claimed that citizens were burning too much causing excessive smoke pollution in the Phoenix valley. Although blamed for the bad air pollution, citizens did not cause the hazard. The excessive smoke pollution in the Phoenix valley is a result of excessive prescribed burning in the higher elevations. Prior to and during the holidays, the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies were burning forest timber and slash piles all over the state without restriction. The smoke from the federal burns drifted into the lower elevations causing the excessive air pollution that the ADEQ falsely blamed on Phoenix citizens. The U.S. Forest Service caused the pollution, but ADEQ blamed citizens and restricted their use and enjoyment of fireplaces over the holidays knowing that fireplaces that had nothing to do with it. Since the U.S. forest Service began managing smoke pollution in Arizona, our air quality has gone from bad to worse, and it is rapidly reaching dangerous levels all over the state causing illness and death to many. Click here to see statewide prescribed burn smoke pollution.

 

The video below is an excellent educational documentary that accurately depicts the toxic effects of prescribed burn smoke on our environment and human health. It is a must see video for adults and children. We suggest that you watch it in its entirety. If you cannot watch it now, please  download it to watch later. 

Prescribed Burn Video Image

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Prescribed Burns - Money Makers Not Useful Tools

In the past, the U.S. Forest Service would burn a few hundred acres of forest land and debris each year causing little harm, but recently they have been burning thousands of acres daily while letting wildfires burn themselves out at the same time causing heavy smoke accumulations across the United States. The managed wildfires burn for weeks at a time filling the air with toxic smoke while prescribed burns add even more. The smoke lingers over populated areas for months at a time without dissipating ruining scenic views, decreasing property values, and killing people. Officials argue that fire is a necessary natural occurrence used to revitalize the forest in the past and should be continued today through prescribed burns and managed wildfires. Consequently, those alleged revitalization fires burned centuries ago in unpopulated areas having little or no effect on public health where the modern prescribed burns are done near populated areas where they endanger millions of people daily.

 

There is a better way. Unlike fires that kill trees, animals, and people, mechanical methods such as tree thinning and mulching machines remove only unwanted trees and brush grinding them into healthy mulch leaving the forest clean and healthy instead of burned and charred. Mechanical methods are cleaner, safer and properly maintain forest health while protecting the environment from air pollution, but officials argue that prescribed burns are easier, cheaper and increase their budget faster than other methods. In a recent interview, one Forest Service official stated that it is cheaper to burn than to use mechanical methods, admitting that budget money is their primary concern not human life. Another Forest Service official laughed when confronted about citizen health concerns and stated that they intend to continue burning as long as the weather permits "regardless of any health concerns." Two other forestry officials were seen laughing at an injured rabbit fleeing from one of their prescribed burns. It is obvious that Forestry officials care more about budget money and bad weather than public health and animal safety. They clearly show a reckless disregard for human life.

 

Prescribed Burns Must Be Stopped.

Experts agree that prescribed burns and managed wildfires will have little or no impacts on future wildfire control or forest health, but admit that they are public health hazards that emit enough smoke pollution to kill thousands of people annually. Consequently, the U.S. Forest Service has been burning thousands of acres daily while allowing hundreds of wildfires to burn themselves out causing massive air pollution across the United States. They are burning too much too often without proper regulation causing excessive smoke accumulations over populated areas injuring millions of people. Smoke related illnesses are being reported in record numbers. Medical facilities are reporting increases in respiratory illnesses, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and more people are using oxygen than ever before. People are suffering in record numbers but forestry officials just laugh and joke about our children's injuries and tell people to move if they don't like the smoke.

 

It is time to demand congressional action to stop the reckless pollution that is killing our children. Use the links below to contact your Senators and Congressmen. Demand a stop to all funding for prescribed burns and managed wildfires in the United States.

U.S. Senator's Contact Information

U.S. Congressmen's Contact Information

 

Citizen Letters and Publications

Playing With Fire

Smoke & Mirrors

California Smoke Studies

Haunted by Nuclear Bomb Tests

Forest Restoration (letter)

Radiation Exposure - Past & Present (letter)

Radiation Exposure (letter continued)

Unprecedented Sacrifice

 

 

Other Websites of Interest:

Australian Website - Government puts forestry ahead of health.

AZPollution.com - Website showing graphic photos of wood smoke haze in Arizona.

Wood Burner Smoke - Cancer risk from wood smoke is twelve times greater than tobacco smoke

Take Back The Air - Grassroots organization dedicated to cleaning up the air.

Tahoe Sierra Clean Air Coalition - Nevada clean air organization dedicated to human health.

 

 

References:

Smoke Related Chemicals in Atmosphere Could Have Health Implications - There's more to prescribed burns than they are telling us.

Isocyanic Acid Linked to Smoke Related Health Effects

Clean Air Revival - Wood smoke causes premature deaths in developing fetus, newborns, and others.

Burning Issues - Wood smoke is more damaging than tobacco smoke.

Medical Effects - Wood smoke is chemically active and causes increased infant and prenatal mortality.

Environmental and Human Health, Inc. - Wood smoke is carcinogenic - short exposures can prove dangerous.

Healthy Living Spaces - The risk of premature death in cities with high fine particulate levels is 17% higher.

Washington State Dept. of Ecology - Wood smoke linked to deaths in fetuses, newborns, children, and elderly.

EPA Fast Facts - Smoke particles can travel long distances and kill people.

Smoke Fact Sheet - Simple facts about wood smoke dangers.

Wood Smoke Causes Emphysema - A personal horror story about wood smoke.

Table of Wood Smoke Pollutant Health Effects

Radiation Exposure Compensation Program - Radiation exposure and compensation


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