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August 26, 2012
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Letter to the Editor: Do we have the most effective ways to fight fire?

With the many wildfires in progress at this time, Incline Village residents need to be sure that the most effective means to protect our lives and property are available to our fire department. There was an article in Investor’s Business Daily on 7/24/12, page A13, headlined “Colorado’s Needless Infernos,” which described the about 600 homes and thousands of acres that had burned in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.

In Albuquerque, N.M., a revolutionary fire suppressant stopped a 300 acre fire shortly after it started. Just nine single-engine plane loads of FireIce were needed to put out the flames and prevent fire spread and damage to nearby homes and trees.

I have given copies of this article to North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Michael Brown and the members of the fire board. Chief Brown has responded, saying that he is aware of this product: FireIce. It is approved by the Forest Service, but not necessarily in our area. He points out that there are sensitive issues here in the Lake Tahoe region, and any chemicals added to the fire suppressants will require thorough evaluation before they can be approved for this region.

A massive fire on this shore of Lake Tahoe would have its own very negative effect on the lake. The prospect of stopping a fire before such widespread damage is very important, and the possible damage caused by some chemical runoff would seem likely much less.

We hear of all the homes being burned down in so many of the fires burning now. This community needs to see this article and support our fire department in gaining approval to use the most effective means available to protect us, our property and this wonderful place we live.

The complete article is available in our library or to subscribers online.

Richard Monnier

Incline Village

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 26, 2012 02:35PM Published Aug 26, 2012 02:34PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.