Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pace Family Fire Continues - Smoke-kukano

The eye-burning smoke from the Hokukano Ranch Fire was back today, and word is that the fire is still smoldering. As Chuck noted in a comment at Big Island Chronicle, the fire will only increase the flood danger down-slope of the Pace's property.

We don't know, at present, that the Pace's history of allegedly bulldozing large stands of native sandalwood, and excessive flood-causing grading created unnatural clear areas at the 500o foot elevation, causing the fire. But the history presents a very cohesive narrative to that effect.

The forest areas that the Pace family bulldozed are gone forever, probably, and the fire they set the stage for has taken more.

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