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    Post Immigrants & Wildfires

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Illegal immigrants crossing into the United
    States in southern Arizona are suspected of causing eight major
    wildfires this year, which have cost taxpayers $5.1 million to
    fight.
    In an already busy fire season, the fires charred 68,413 acres -
    about 108 square miles, according to an Arizona Daily Star review
    of public records and interviews with land managers published
    Monday.
    Only fires bigger than 100 acres were included in the analysis,
    and officials said immigrants caused many smaller blazes that were
    quickly controlled. Southern Arizona has had 17 fires greater than
    100 acres so far this year.
    Fire officials haven't identified suspects in the eight fires,
    but said physical evidence strongly points to immigrants at the
    border crossings, the paper said.
    Food containers, juice cans and water bottles from Mexico were
    found at many of the fires' starting points, nearly all of which
    were along popular smuggling routes rarely used by legal visitors.
    In some cases, the blazes were traced to campfires that
    officials believe border crossers used for cooking or warmth and
    got out of control.
    A ninth major fire in the area began May 13 when a Border Patrol
    helicopter sliced a power line with its tail rotor, according to a
    Forest Service investigation. That 467-acre fire, which cost
    $121,585 to fight, was ruled accidental, so no charges were filed.
    Besides starting some wildfires, illegal entrants are altering
    how all blazes near the border are fought.
    During two fires, officials waited longer than usual to light
    intentional backburns for fear of trapping border crossers in the
    flames. Some fire managers worry that crews working in remote
    locations might surprise armed drug smugglers ready to defend their
    loads.

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    Fire the inept Border Patrol. Send in my almamater the 2d Battalion 75th Inf Ranger Battalion!
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