Why not other solutions for fire? | TheUnion.com

Why not other solutions for fire?

Fuel reduction is a political response to an inevitable event, and it may not save your home. It did not save mine nor my neighbor’s, which he cleared to dirt. The home of another neighbor, who did minimal clearing, was completely spared. Why? Because severe fires are wind-driven, and this makes them unpredictable. While it may burn one home, it may “hop” over another. My house was gone before the fire ever reached my property. Why? Burning embers landed on my roof.

So why isn’t the emphasis being place on securing your home as much as possible to face that inevitable fire? Is that $30,000 you are going to spend to grade your property better spent on a fire-safe roof? Why aren’t these measures being promoted? One has to ask.

In the meantime, the streets of Alta Sierra are littered with thousands of cigarette butts on dry pine needles, and the county continues to approve new homes on steep slopes. Can anyone say hypocrisy?

V.S. Moran

Citizens for Fire

Safety Sanity

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