Our story today is about several terror arsonists who started a fire on federally owned land.
Although it is not certain whether the fire was created on purpose, it ultimately burned more than 85,000 acres. The fire spread quickly, causing many people to evacuate their homes, and the fire destroyed several cabins and outbuildings.
The cost of containing the fire has reached over $20 million. At the time of this publication, no one has been prosecuted for the destruction of the federal land, even though there are many suspects.
Right now there are no property damage estimates by the federal government, but many say it is in the millions, awaiting a federal investigation. The fire was started during a BLM-stated "high risk fire" day. Heavy dense smoke has filled the nearby valley, reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile. People at high risk with breathing disorders, the elderly, and children are recommended to stay inside their homes, and it is also recommended that one does not do any rigorous work in the outdoors. The local borough has also set up a safe house for people with respiratory conditions.
We will continue to follow this story and follow up with any updates on the potential prosecution of the individuals who caused the fire.
This is an actual story, that happened here in Fairbanks 2 years ago. There still has been no prosecution of anyone who started this fire.
Because it was started by the U.S. military during a training exercise, even though the BLM did not grant them a waiver for conducting the live fire exercise, and the Fire Chief on Ft. Wainwright recommended that they hold off on the exercise as well.
This fire caused serious damage to the people of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and breathing was extremely difficult for several weeks as a result of the fire.
But there were never any criminal prosecutions for the fire.
Contrast this to the Hammonds, two of whom, after being charged using an anti-terrorist law with minimum sentencing, are serving a 5-year prison sentence, and were also charged with a $400,000 fine. If this fine was not paid, the BLM could seize the ranch and sell it at auction, with the BLM having first right of refusal by the court if such a case happened.
Because the Hammonds started a back fire to protect their home from a lightning fire which, although it did stop the lightning fire from not only burning their home, but also stopped the fire from potentially burning thousands of acres of BLM "owned" land, undeliberately burned approximately one acre of BLM land.
Who, in America, are actually the domestic terrorists?