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Dirt bikes and fires

The editorial in The Union hit the nail on the head regarding the critical fire danger in Nevada County this year (“Catastrophe just waiting to happen,” June 15). The editorial emphasized that everyone is responsible not only for their own property but the many other homes around them. It only takes a spark from a mower or edger to start a tragic fire that could burn hundreds of homes and dreams, not to mention the possibility of lives lost.

One fire danger was not mentioned: motorized dirt bikes. Dirt bikes are a frightening threat during fire season. They crash through the tinder dry brush and roar up hills, creating sparks as the rocks strike against rocks. All over our county, even close to residential areas, dirt bikes are riding on uncleared trails.

This year, it would be prudent for the CDF or counties with highest fire danger to require public and private motorized dirt bike trails to be properly cleared so that no brush and grass be within spark striking distance. And all motorized dirt bikes should be limited to riding only where trails have been cleared for fire abatement. This simple requirement could save your home and your life. Call your representatives. Ask them to take action.



Jaede Miloslavich

Grass Valley





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