The reward for helping capture and convict arson suspects that intentionally set some of the fires in California has now been increased to $250,000. The California fires destroyed an estimated 1,800 homes, causing well over 1 billion dollars of damage and burning 461,000 acres...Two of the fires, in Orange and Riverside counties, are believe to be the work of arsonists...Arson: California Fire Reward Now $250,000, Five Arrested, Brenda Jones, National Ledger, 10/26/2007
On 60 Minutes a week or so back, the reporter on the California fire story kept asking leading questions of the fire marshall working on one of the major fires near San Diego. He kept pushing for the marshall to say that things are different now; it must be global warming. In the past decade, arson has been behind many fires. Of special note are fires set by radical eco-groups, American homegrown terrorists who aren't, surprisingly enough, part of the Christian right. Look for a new story soon, perhaps by someone who looks like a young Dan Rather, about how global warming causes disturbances in behavior, such as starting fires.