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Take pre-emptive action against Coal Seam

Ross Talbott

Dear Editor,

We are getting close to wildland fire season again and people are talking fire bans (including lighting?) and all sorts of other things.

Isn’t it about time Glenwood Springs developed the ability to fight wildland fires instead of just evacuating and running?

Burning Mountains Fire Protection District gets a lot of flack because it’s a volunteer department, but it has never lost a wildland fire in its existence, and it has been first response on 440 square miles, responding to as many as eight lightning strikes in one day.

There have been two disastrous fires for Glenwood, and in both cases, there was no initial attack.

Here are some economical alternatives to spending millions on extinguishing the Coal Seam:

1. Lease out the grazing as before (the neighboring ranches didn’t burn).

2. Use a jail crew to clear the area.

3. Put a mat over the hazardous area.

It never got away in past years and some “why not” questions might be in order. Throwing taxpayer money at a problem unnecessarily only punishes the innocent.

Ross Talbott

New Castle

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