Let’s engage in a little compare and contrast.
In 2001 father and son ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, started a fire on their own Oregon ranch to burn off juniper and sagebrush. The fire escaped their property and burned 139 acres of Bureau of Land Management land.
In 2006, lightning started several fires and the Hammonds set a back-burn fire to try to prevent the fire from spreading to their crops and buildings. That fire burned an acre of public land.
Today the Hammonds are serving five-year mandatory sentences under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. It was their sentencing that prompted the armed sit-in-style protest on a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. The seven defendants were recently found not guilty. This included two sons of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy.
Investigators recently confirmed that a mid-October fire in Northern Nevada that burned 2,300 acres, destroyed 23 homes and 17 out buildings and resulted in smoke inhalation injuries to four people was caused by a prescribed burn conducted by the Nevada Division of Forestry. Damage could be close to $4 million, according to the Reno newspaper.
A Forestry statement was released saying, “The Nevada Division of Forestry is deeply moved by and concerned with the tragic impacts to residents of west Washoe Valley. NDF staff has worked closely with many of these residents over the years and has offered conservation crews and natural resource specialists as part of the recovery team.”
No one has been charged with a crime, nor ever will be.