AG's Office launches investigation into suppression tactics of Little Bear fire
Posted at: 07/18/2012 7:25 PM
By: Mike Daniels, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Guy hence lives inside the Sonterra Subdivision. In June, the Little Bear Fire destroyed his neighbor’s homes but not his.
“By the time the fire fighters go to work the fire was out of control," Hence said.
Hence said not enough was done early in the firefight. He sent a formal complaint to the New Mexico Attorney General's Office.
Gary King's Office has launched an investigation.
"I said I just can't sit here and do nothing," Hence stated.
Another question - was anything done to size up which homes could have been saved?
The U.S. Forest Service still cannot prove they did anything to save homes. A total of 273 were destroyed by the fire.
"We're finding the fire service is doing things differently now that they see the pressure,” said Rep. Steve Pearce.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 has proof. The U.S. Forest Service mysteriously ordered at least three-structure protection specialist for the Little Bear Fire the day after we started asking questions.
Congressman Steve Pearce, who represents the area affected by the little bear fire is trying to fix things in Washington.
"The Forest Service said they couldn't put it out when it was four acres, but they go after another fire at 9,800 feet. The Fire Service said they could put the Little Bear Fire out at 10,000 feet. Why couldn't they put it out at 10k?," Pearce asked.
The U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Mark Chavez released this statement:
“We understand some individuals have expressed concerns regarding the initial suppression tactics taken on the Little Bear fire and welcome questions in response to these actions. Information about this fire is public record."