County Plans to Burn Down several Downtown Area homes and Call it training…

What are the environmental Mitigations? Who cleans up the mess? Who is paying for the environmental Damages?

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Got this from the 29 Palms Chamber….. To many questions and too few people benefiting from this potential environmental disaster.


Starting on April 24, 2017 your San Bernardino County Firefighters will be conducting live fire training burns of abandoned structures in the city of Twentynine Palms. The training will continue throughout the week and end at sundown on April 28. Residents may see columns of smoke throughout each day and should not be alarmed as it is all a “controlled” process for the fire department to teach its 40 new trainees who are part of the recent new hire recruit training “Tower 8.”
The training will consist of actual structural fires where the trainees, under the guidance of the Tower’s training cadre members, will learn behavior of fire as well as the newest ways of controlling fire. The trainee will have the opportunity to see first-hand actual structures burn, and be able to enter those structures to extinguish and control the fire’s path. This unique training allows the new trainee to get up close with how operations work on the fire ground and what they may encounter once they have completed their demanding 16-week training “Tower.”

Due to the training and having multiple pieces of fire apparatus in the area, several streets will be closed during the week for the safety of the firefighters working on the training grounds. The streets affected are Cholla Ave., Smoketree Ave., Yucca Ave., and Tamarisk Ave. These four streets will be closed from Highway 62 to Cactus Drive, and the fire department asks the public to please take alternate routes should their day take them into these areas.
This training is being conducted in coordination with the City of Twentynine Palms and the Twentynine Palms Water District. San Bernardino County Fire Department appreciates the efforts of all those involved from these agencies in allowing for this valuable training to occur.
SAFETY MESSAGE: San Bernardino County Fire Department urges its citizens to be vigilant and report any citing of smoke via 911. Early recognition of fire allows your firefighters to keep the fire small, thus protecting lives, property and the environment. If you are not sure during the week of April 24-28 if the smoke you see is from our training burns talked about above, please call 911 to report what you see.

This Training will affect some of our Members. Please feel free to call YOUR Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions or concerns.


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3 Responses to County Plans to Burn Down several Downtown Area homes and Call it training…

  1. Ursula Gilmore
    Ursula Gilmore April 19, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Why is it our town-city has become a training ground for county firefighters where we torch our old buildings during a four day burn.

    The county already sends us a disproportionate number of its criminals and sex offenders. Now they want to exacerbate medical complications for old people, children, middle age and other citizens and residents with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Asthma, Lung cancer, Tuberculosis, Pneumonia/ALRIs or Cystic fibrosis, etc

    The county understands that 29 Palms is made up of largely a city council of lambs and county-supporting sycophants. The council is at it again failing to recall who they were elected to represent, specifically council people COLE, MINTZ, and Klink. Why are you people not looking into this. You even scrubbed the April council meeting.

    First catastrophic disaster, County Fire will do what they are trained and mandated to do: Send our outstanding county firefighters and equipment to a more populated area.

    Big blunder for the council to have refused to pay for a fire department. My escrow home mortgage account just kicked in and will increase my monthly mortgage payment. Worse, I am paying for the city’s fire protection — while the city pays nothing — and I live in Desert Heights. Thank you Mr. KLINK, Mr. Cole and Mintz. I wish I could raise your mortgage payments!

    You people have not served the public very well. My guess had the city went in another direction, the city would be much better off without you three on the council.

  2. Ursula Gilmore April 19, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Yet they keep getting reelected.. Go Figure.

  3. Ursula Gilmore
    Ursula Gilmore April 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Exactly Dan. That is why the city citizens need district voting in the city. The council is owning to no one but for the county, local influences and themselves.


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