Huge brush fire near proposed site of Blackwater facility, San Diego County
It's not clear at this time exactly where the fire has spread to. But it started within a couple of miles of the property that Blackwater wants to build "Blackwater West" at. The decision to allow Blackwater to build there has still not yet made by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, but Blackwater has been pushing hard for it - and now this. Maybe the knowlege that southern California is extremely fire-prone will scare Blackwater away from building here?
5. 1 person dead, 4 firefighters burned as a fire passed over their van.
They survived and were taken to the burn unit of a hospital here. There is also another fire near Ramona, CA, and the Santa Ana winds are predicted to blow again tomorrow. The news is saying these fires have the potential to become as large and serious as the Cedar Fire of October 2003. That one was a cataclysm which burned 280,278 acres, destroyed 2,820 buildings (including 2,232 homes) and killed 15 people including one firefighter. It doesn't seem like the fires today are going to become that big, but if they aren't controlled and the winds keep blowing, they will just get bigger.
6. I didn't think of that... But I wouldn't put it past them. The fire started very near
the location they want to build on. The first thing I thought was that someone opposed to Blackwater started the fire, as a way of ruining the site and/or scaring Blackwater away. But I wouldn't be surprised at all if it was revealed Blackwater had a hand in it.
13. Is the property owned by Blackwater? And insured?
Hell, perhaps they need a cash injection - straight from the insurance? Would not put ANYTHING past that group. Just think of all the pent-up rage from being booted from Iraq. No more civilians to shoot...
15. The last I heard, the property is still in escrow
As far as I know, Blackwater hasn't completely taken the title to the property yet, and hasn't gotten approval from the County Board of Supervisors to build there. But that didn't stop Blackwater VP Brian Bonfiglio from preventing protesters from stepping onto the property recently. Here's an article about the protests a couple of weeks ago:
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