Mexican Drug Cartels Setting Fire to Our National Forests

Dave Gibson, Norfolk (Virginia) Examiner, August 19, 2009

Investigators have determined that the wildfire burning known as the La Brea Fire, in the Los Padres National Forest, which began on August 8, was actually started by a cooking fire being used by Mexican marijuana growers.

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The fire has now destroyed more than 130 square miles of forest and forced more than 2,000 residents from their homes.

While the La Brea Fire may represent the first time that the mainstream press has reported on a fire which was set by Mexican nationals, this incident is only the latest and perhaps most costly fire. However, arson has actually become a favorite tactic used by those who now regularly invade this country.

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The border area has become so dangerous due to Mexican drug smugglers and illegal aliens crossing into this country, that in 2007, firefighters battling wildfires in the Coronado National Forest had to be accompanied by police officers.

For several years, the U.S. Forest Service has reported numerous accounts of encounters with heavily armed drug dealers approaching firefighters.

Mexican smugglers intent on crossing the U.S. border, have now begun to set fire to forests and fields along the border to distract U.S. Border Patrol Agents to make their crossing easier. These criminal invaders are also throwing Molotov cocktails at agents’ vehicles as well as even setting fire to their observation posts. {snip}

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