Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Congressman Who Started Forest Fire Caught Abusing His Post

Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Brown, who was found responsible for a national forest fire, has been accused of using his committee position to fight a fine levied by the U.S. Forest Service.
Brown started a controlled burn on his property that spread to a national forest charring 20 acres in the Francis Marion National Forest in 2004. Brown was told not to burn at his Cordesville, S.C., hobby farm on a day when the state posted a red flag alert. The alert means burning is strongly discouraged.His opponent Linda Ketner has posted a whistleblower report from the U.S. Forest Service on her campaign web site that said a state Forestry Commission officer had told Brown earlier in the day that he should not burn.

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