These self-starting manure fires are apparently all too common Southern California when it gets hot-

Well . . . another negative side effect of ranching!  Oh, and the location of the ranch where the fire began was kept a secret.

Story in the LA Times.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

6 Responses to Spontaneous combustion of manure at ranch starts big California fire

  1. Brian Ertz says:

    wow – i’ve been getting lucky with some of my past footage

  2. Karen V. Stefanini says:

    Red meat is so unhealthy that it should be banned. The fires started this way are a disgrace.

  3. Jeff says:

    So is Ben and Jerry’s ban it too? Are you opposed to freedomin general or only when it suits your beliefs?

  4. mikepost says:

    I have lived in Calif for 50 years and this is the first I have ever heard of a wildland fire being caused by spontaneous manure fire in this state. Perhaps because CA has stricter environmental standards that are applied to livestock operations one side benefit is the prevention of most such fires.

  5. gline says:

    “I am so sick of hearing about biology…”

    What planet is he on?

  6. gline says:

    Sorry wrong video/wrong comment


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