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Letter — No forest fires in Nebraska

This letter is in regard to Jack L. Harrington’s letter condemning prescribed burns. I have worked in wildland firefighting and let me tell you that it is much harder to fight a fire in unkept forests, as Mark Johnson must have told you. Fires with a lot of surface fuels make fires burn much hotter and grow much faster, putting fire fighter1s lives and your home at risk.

As Mr. Johnson probably also told you, forest fires are natural. Before we humans decided to inhabit forest land, lightning would start fires that clear the small growth of forests. Since we decided to fight the fires (to save homes), we have not allowed this natural cycle to continue. By

starting the fires ourselves, we rid small growth under safe conditions.

Comparing the prescribed burns to the tobacco industry was laughable. There is no comparison. They are killing people, burns are saving people.

Try to complain about the smoke on your morning run when a real fire starts. You can then come home to read the paper about the millions being spent and the people dying.

If you dont like the prescribed burns, move to the plains.

Daniel Pettey

South Lake Tahoe

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