Speaking in Boise, Obama Cabinet members urge U.S. West to get homes ready for fire season

Two members of President Obama’s cabinet told Northern Rockies residents Tuesday to clear away debris and prepare their properties for fires.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the effort to protect homes and property was a collaborative one. Residents need to take responsibility themselves to protect their homes.

They spoke with reporters Tuesday afternoon at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, where the nation's wildfire-fighting efforts are coordinated.

“If you haven't cleared your property, if you haven't prepared your business and your home for fire, this is the time to do so,” Napolitano said.

The two toured the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs Tuesday morning and the NIFC in the afternoon. The Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed more than 350 homes while here in Idaho the Charlotte Fire burned 66 homes and 29 outbuildings in Pocatello.

But Vilsack, whose department oversees the U.S. Forest Service, pointed to the thousands of homes that have been saved — 1 percent of the ones in the high-risk area in Colorado, he said.

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Maybe Gov. Otter could have attended the event

to add to the message of defensible space?

Maybe Gov. Otter could have attended the event

to add to the message of defensible space?

GOV OTTER

was in Poky touring the remnants of the Charlotte fire- can't very well be in both places at once, and his first duty was to the people affected by the fire, and those who worked the fire. I'm sure Sec. Napolitano and Sec. Vilsak would agree.

Cabinet doors

From the article's title, my first thought was the old phone company (U.S. West) was returning to the scene - maybe installing fireproof fiber-optic cable with fire retardant encased in the cable~

ha ha

Another classic headline by the Rock.

Even if you exclude the phone company... "urge U.S. West to get homes ready for fire season".

-- Okay, Seattle, get your homes ready for fire season?

And Portland, you too.

we're only just getting ready for...

crazy, vendictive ex-spouse season

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You fry wants with that?

Just because this came from President Obama's

Cabinet, the cut off my nose to spite my face crowd, will pile brush up against their houses and toss a match into it, and then blame him. ;-)

Forget BRUSHFIRE

It's GUNFIRE

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At other drivers!

They'd better get ready

Just giving advanced warning, eh? Them there C-130's can't fly without federal dollars y'know.

We're all going to He11 anyway...I'm the greeter!

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You fry wants with that?