Ben Baretta: Lowell Fire could have been worse |

Ben Baretta: Lowell Fire could have been worse

When the Lowell Fire first blew up, I stood on my deck watching the huge cloud with great concern. Within minutes, it seemed, Cal Fire aircraft were flying and laying down retardant.

I am sure that their quick response was the main reason that the fire was not as catastrophic as it might have become.

Our community owes as much gratitude as we can give to all of the emergency personnel for their valiant efforts.

Let this community not forget two individuals who also must be thanked. They are Nevada County Supervisors Nate Beason and Ed Scofield who, as members of the Nevada County Airport Land Use Commission, voted against the increased housing density of the McBoyle Property development.

The motivation for their resistance to political and development pressure was and continues to be the presence of the Cal Fire Air Base at the Loma Rica Airport.

With the lengthening of the airport runway, let our community support any and all efforts to keep this valuable asset, Cal Fire aircraft, in our county forever. God knows that the Lowell Fire will not be the last one that we will face.

Ben Barretta

Cedar Ridge

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