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Should burning be banned?

On a recent morning, I drove past the part of the Empire Mine that borders homes on Pine Hill Drive and is located one block from Union Hill School. There were several columns of smoke.

Hours later, when my husband and I went for our daily walk, we saw the burn piles still smoking. Four park employees tended the piles. The man I talked to said they were burning some limbs left from hazardous trees they had cut down the year before. This park has hundreds of acres with dead limbs everywhere.

For some reason, the park felt it was necessary to burn a few of these limbs on this particular day near homes. I give them that it probably was a safe burn day since it rained the night before, but considering the issue of excessive carbon emissions and a new consciousness of global warming, shouldn’t burning be banned, especially by a government agency?



When we returned, there were still flames. We walked over to the piles; there was no one left tending them and no clearing around the still-flaming piles. Why would they bother tying up four employees for this minimal result while polluting the air?

Melanie Wellner




Grass Valley


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