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Defensible space, assistance to those in need important for fire safety

When it comes to preventing forest fires, we often talk about clearing brush and dry grass to create defensible space. But that is not all we should cut back.

We should also cut trees back 100 feet away from buildings and power lines. I know this will take away a lot of beauty, but the most important thing of all is safety. Think about it.

We should also bring back the special needs program to fire departments, which offered assistance to me. I am physically disabled with false hips, a ruptured pelvis bone, congestive heart failure, emphysema and diabetes. We should cut trees 100 feet away from each other to prevent forest fires. I am not a forester, but I care very much about our environment.

Paul Andrew Pease

Grass Valley

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