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Park burning

Empire Mine Park neighbors might be interested to learn that the park intends to to do some “pile burning” this fall.

The first time that the prescribed burning issue came to my attention was in September of 1999. Then in September of 2000, a meeting was held on the use of fire for fuel reduction in the park. Neighbors were very concerned because other prescribed burns (Colorado, Tehama County and, later, Loyalton) were “controlled burns” that had gotten out of control.

Park personnel have maintained that other methods of fuel reduction are too expensive. I was told they will have people watching the burn piles. They have two chippers. Isn’t it cheaper and safer to have people operate a chipper than to stand around monitoring a fire, especially since they will be held liable if the fire gets out of control?

I wrote the district superintendent in May of 2002 to be put on the notification list when it was time to comment on the environmental review of a burn project. So far, I have not heard anything but have been asked again to provide my address for notification. What happened to my prior requests? If you are concerned about this, call Lorna Dobrovolny at 272-0298.

Melanie K. Wellner

Grass Valley

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